BARKS presents session details from PPG’s 2020 Summit and Workshops in Phoenix, Arizona
Presenter: Dr. Alexandra Protopopova
Session Title: How Can We Ask Questions from Non-Verbal Animals? Methods to Behaviorally Assess Preference in Applied Settings (Part 2)
Session Type: General Session (1.5 Hours)
Modern dog training recognizes that efficacy is simply not enough; ethics in dog training is equally, if not more important. A big part of being an ethical trainer is learning how to understand the animal’s point of view. Whereas using body language to gauge comfort level is one method, directly asking the animal about his/her preference and choice, using established behavioral methods is more robust. This session will go through the applied science of empirically determining preference in non-human animals and apply this science to the dog practitioner.
- Understand why utilizing established preference assessments is more effective than relying on personal intuition.
- Be able to list empirically validated methods to establish preference in non-verbal animals.
- Be able to know which method to apply in various contexts.
- Distinguish and find similarities between preference and choice in applied settings.
PPG Summit 2020 will take place in Phoenix, Arizona and offer two unique programs:
Program 1: The Four-Day Summit
Program 2: The Four-Day Summit + Daily Off-Site Workshops at the Arizona Humane Society
Dates: Friday, September 18 – Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Event theme: Collaborative Care and Enrichment – Creating Partnerships for Positive Results