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  Title Bailey-Farhoody Operant Conditioning Discrimination Workshop

Bob Bailey, ScD & Parvene Farhoody, MA

  Date(s) January 2 – 6, 2016
  Location Addison, Texas
  Fee $1500
  Host Organization Behavior Matters, Inc. and
All Fur Fun Canine Training and Event Center
  Contact Person Pam Jacques
  Contact Email

  Description of Seminar/Conference

The Five-day Discrimination Workshop is the first or entry level of the five (5) Bailey-Farhoody Operant Conditioning (chicken training) Workshops.

Prerequisites: Sufficient physical, mental and emotional capability to withstand the rigors of the Workshop. This Workshop is the entry-level Workshop for ALL participants of Bailey-Farhoody Workshops, except those who have previously taken a Bailey & Bailey 5 or 7-day Workshop.

The Bailey-Farhoody OC Workshops are unique and challenging workshops with a 70-year history as the premier hands-on program for animal trainers and anyone wishing to learn applied behavior analysis procedures for changing behavior.

Objectives: Teach the fundamental principles of behavior science (stimulus, reinforcement, extinction, etc.) and the practice (timing, criteria, rate of reinforcement) of applied behavior analysis. Develop observational and mechanical skills and develop effective and efficient training practices. Emphasis in this Workshop is on behavioral evolution, ethology, stimulus discrimination and training philosophy.

Content: Students first develop mechanical skills by learning how to work with the behavior model that is used in all Chicken Workshops: Workshops that are carefully designed to train HUMANS. Students learn to handle the “tool” of chicken training (the chicken) and the feed cup with clicker attached. The student learns how to present food, first without the chicken, and then with, in both cases pushing the limit of the speed at which the student can work. The student graduates to teach the chicken to peck accurately at successively small paper targets. Correct timing of the clicker and observational skills are emphasized. The student also must learn how to coach a human (their partner) to train more skillfully. The student then teaches both chickens to discriminate between different objects. This skill must be trained to a high proficiency: to where the chicken will not choose the hot target even when directly enticed to do so. Only after this is achieved will the student advance to a stimulus-reversal – a one shot, on-the-spot exercise, which demands considerable shaping skills, decision-making, precision and mechanical skill. Of a more general nature, the student learns the value of training time; each training session is timed and lasts from 15 to 60 seconds. These short sessions demand that the student be organized and efficiently execute a training plan.

One evening (dinner is provided) is devoted to presentations and discussions on various topics of interest to trainers. Students are invited to participate by bringing video and entering into discussions.


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