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Sat, May 08


Online conference

The Lemonade Conference

I'll be presenting at this year's Lemonade Conference: an online, international gathering of the best in dog sports, animal training, and behaviour. Hope to see you there!

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The Lemonade Conference
The Lemonade Conference

Time & Location

May 08, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Online conference

About the Event

Here's the description of my presentation:

Behaviour change is an individual process, not a one-size-fits-all event – no matter the species an animal behaviour consultant is working with.

When working with horses displaying behaviour problems, behaviour consultants must have knowledge of and experience in using a variety of techniques to address the behaviour, depending on the needs of each individual. To further challenge a consultant, the horse’s owner may be skeptical of ‘newfangled’ behaviour modification techniques. This skepticism may require that a consultant take additional steps to shape an owner’s behaviour in order to achieve success.

Constructional Approach Training for Horses (CAT-H) is a technique that can be useful for addressing both horse and human behaviour. For example, horses who display fear-based, escape behaviours meant to either increase or decrease proximity between themselves and a stimulus respond well to CAT-H. It can also prove to be a valuable technique to shape the behaviour of human clients: it doesn’t initially require the use of training tools such as clickers or food pouches which may be novel, and thus threatening; in practice, elements of CAT-H may feel familiar, and thus ‘safe’; clients don’t generally have any pre-conceived, negative perceptions of CAT-H or its efficacy.

This presentation will discuss the use of CAT-H to address behaviour issues such as fear and aggression in horses, as well as the benefits it can offer in shaping the skeptical client’s behaviour.

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