For dogs, cats, parrots, and all pets owners.
This course is open to beginners.
Used as a scientific approach to analyze, understand, and modify behavior, applied behavior analysis (ABA) is used to improve (or change) specific behaviors. Applied Behavior Analysis allows us to change the environment in order to change the behavior.
Whether you share your life with a pet dog, a parrot, a cat, a pig, an elephant, or a ladybug, the fundamentals of behavior analysis apply to them.
This six weeks course is specifically for owners who have a behavior problem with their pet’s behavior or any person willing to learn more about behavior analysis.
Common behavior problems our students usually work on:
- recall from other dogs, humans
- resource guarding
- jumping on guests/guest greetings
- stealing food
- excessive barking / screaming / meowing
- toilet training
For several weeks, you will learn how to analyze and understand your pet’s behavior, but also how to modify it effectively, while always respecting his well-being.
What this course covers :
- Labels vs. observable behaviors
- Data collection
- Classical conditioning
- Operant conditioning
- Positive reinforcement
- Behavior functions
- ABC scheme (three-term contingency)
- Hierarchy of behavior-change
- Behavior modification
Thanks to accessible and easy definitions but also homework and guidance, you will be able to understand the meaning of applied behavior analysis terms, and you will learn how to use it.
Premium participants: The homework offered each week during this course will allow you to analyze and modify your pet’s behavior “in real-time”. To get the most out of these six weeks, you are advised to practice the exercises as soon as they are published.
Although all behaviors can be analyzed with the tools and techniques covered during this course, due to their specificities, outdoor reactivity/aggression/phobia, and separation anxiety will not be covered during these six weeks (aggression indoors may be seen during this course).
Applied behavior analysis aim should not be to address unwanted behavior, but rather to learn new skills* to live in harmony in one’s environment.
* for both the animal and the human who shares his life!
This course is a prerequisite for acceding the “FACING THE ENVIRONMENT : Helping reactive, aggressive & phobic dogs” class.