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A cue is a "go" signal that says "do this thing now and win!" It is a stimulus perceived by a person or animal that lets them know that reinforcement is available for doing the action that is associated with the cue. Cues become established through observation and repetition. For example a person opening the car door is a cue for the dog to jump in, or someone calling "dinner's ready" is a cue for the others to come to the table.
Animals and humans may respond to environmental “triggers” with emotionally-charged behaviors. For example, kids and dogs may respond to thunder by crying and hiding. Dogs may respond to the doorbell with barking and lunging. A child may respond to a parent saying "no" with hitting and yelling. With training, both humans and animals can often learn that these context changes are actually cues (i.e., reinforcement opportunities). This changes their attitude from upset to upbeat. This session will cover:
1) steps necessary to teach a learner to reinterpret upsetting context-changes as good news
2) how this is ideal for reactive dogs (as an example) who already notice stimuli around them
3) case studies illustrating the broad applicability of this procedure
IMPROVE YOUR ICUE WEBINAR
You can learn the basics about Cues from Kathy's previous webinar for us. This will be a good foundation to help you if you're not familiar with the concept of cues in positive reinforcement-based teaching and training. You'll get the opportunity to purchase the Improve Your iCue webinar for $5 when you register for the What a Cue Can Do webinar.
No CEUs are available.
Kathy Sdao is one of the most gracious, kind and inspiring animal behavior experts that you'll ever have the good fortune to meet and learn from.
Kathy Sdao is an applied animal behaviorist. She has been a full-time animal trainer for more than thirty years, first with marine mammals and now with dogs and their people. At the University of Hawaii, she received a master’s degree as part of a research team which trained dolphins to solve complex cognitive puzzles. She was then hired by the United States Navy to train dolphins for open-ocean tasks. Next, Kathy worked as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma Washington. After leaving the zoo world, Kathy and a colleague created Tacoma’s first dog-daycare facility where Kathy began teaching clicker-training classes.
Since 1998, Kathy has owned Bright Spot Dog Training. Services include consulting with families about their challenging dogs, teaching private lessons, and mentoring professional trainers who want to maximize the power of positive-reinforcement training. Kathy is proud to be an original faculty member for Karen Pryor’s ClickerExpos and has taught at thirty-six of these popular conferences. Kathy also has traveled extensively across the United States, Canada and Europe, and to Australia, Israel, Japan and Mexico, educating students about the science of animal training. In 2012, she published her first book, Plenty in Life Is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace.