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  Title Understanding Antecedent Stimuli: An examination of learning theory from the “front end” --
  Speaker Wendy Van Kerkhove
  Location Raising Canine Seminar on audiotape
  Fee $55.00
TX Registered Veterinary Technician CEUs: 3
  Host Organization Raising Canine
  Contact Person Susan Smith
  Contact Email
  Contact Phone 512-262-7103

  Description of Seminar/Conference

Are you an animal behavior consultant struggling to understand why the techniques you are using work perfectly one day and not the next, even though the conditions are identical both days? Are you tired of trying to figure out what triggers provoke a dog’s behavior and never finding a clear answer? Would you kill to crawl inside the cat’s head and conduct an interview? This course will give you the next best thing to getting inside that cat’s head! You'll learn to assess the animal's behavior by better understanding how to evaluate the stimuli affecting him and many of the lingering questions that you have had in the past will be answered! Additionally, you will learn intervention strategies that will help you modify the problem behaviors that you are facing. Wendy van Kerkhove is a self proclaimed learning theory geek and has been doing in-depth research on antecedent control. Her understanding of this subject will greatly enhance your training skills.

pre-requisite knowledge
1. Thorndike’s law of effect
2. Discriminative stimulus
3. Premack principle
4. Schedules of reinforcement Target behavior
5. Positive reinforcement
6. Negative reinforcement
7. Positive punishment
8. Negative punishment
9. Classical conditioning

If you don’t know the answers to the following questions, please consider taking some preparatory courses prior to taking this course. Two courses which can help with this topic are “The ABCs of Learning Theory - Operant Conditioning” and “Does Pavlov Ring a Bell? Understanding Classical Conditioning.” If you missed the live presentation, you can access these courses by clicking the course name.

1. Which three techniques (hint: one is luring) are commonly used to establish a target behavior.

2. You are teaching a class and one of the owner/dog combo’s is having a very difficult time. The owner has cheese and hot dogs (dog loves these) as treats, but the dog is NOT paying a bit of attention to her. Give two suggestions that might help the owner for the next week’s class.

3. A dog passes by the kitchen garbage, and lured by the smell, sticks his head inside and pulls out a big hunk of chicken and eats it. As a result of this positive experience, he will be most likely to stick his head in the garbage the next time he passes by it. What law is this an example of?



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