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Mary Hunter taught Flower to ask for an elevator ride down to the floor for her usual play time. In learning to ask, Flower stopped jumping off the high table. Mary uses Clicker Training to train her rats. Mary's article on Flower and the Elevator can be found on her website, Stale Cheerios,  "Amy's Elevator". Mary also has an introductory page about clicker training, "What Is Clicker Training?" that you might want to read.

Husbandry is just one of the topics addressed by behavior science.  "Introduction of empty syringe for cooperative husbandry care to teach voluntary medication behavior. First session introduction of syringe as a new prop for targeting. There is another tamarin being trained that is not in the video. That is why there are multiple clicks (intended for that tamarin). Marc does a great job of presenting the syringe upon eye contact (the tamarin was still consuming the previously offered mealworm, though, so not focused on the syringe as a target until done eating!)." (Cotton-top Tamarin Husbandry Training, Niabi Zoological Society)

Many great subjects and critically important articles.
For the sciency topics like Positive Reinforcement, links are organized as basic at the top, then a separator line for material that goes deeper.

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Behavior Modification Science

Starting with basics:

Brain training: Researchers at Johns Hopkins solve puzzle of how we learn

Parrot & Bird Terminology for Training – Good Bird Inc., Barbara Heidenreich

Teaching Dogs the Clicker Way.pdf – JESÚS ROSALES-RUIZ Ph.D., University of North Texas

The Science of Animal Training – Mary Hunter, Stale Cheerios

What Is Applied Behavior Analysis? – Mary Hunter, Stale Cheerios

Explaining Step By Step Training Step By Step – Patricia McConnell

What Training Can Do And What It Can’t – Patricia McConnell

What Is Training Anyway? – Patricia McConnell

The Eight Ways of Changing Behavior – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Learning theory – Reactivechampion

Kathy Sdao – 10 ways to get behavior; Reactivechampion

Define “Works” – awesomedogs

Mad Hatter Tea Parties – Through the Looking Glass – Dog Training Jabberwocky – awesomedogs

New Isn’t Better. Better is Better – awesomedogs

Toolbox or Technique – awesomedogs

Survey of the use and outcome of confrontational and non-confrontational training methods in client-owned dogs showing undesired behaviors.pdf


Behavior Modification – More!

“Errorless” Learning – eileenanddogs

Hierarchy road map – eileenanddogs

Flogging Children Used to be Cutting Edge ‘Applied Behavior Analysis’ Too – Jean Donaldson

Tired of Leading? – Jean Donaldson

Lure Reward Training – Ian Dunbar

VIDEO: Effective Dog Training – Ian Dunbar

FUNCTIONAL ASSESSMENT: HYPOTHESIZING PREDICTORS AND PURPOSES OF PROBLEM BEHAVIOR TO IMPROVE BEHAVIOR-CHANGE PLANS.pdf – Susan Friedman, Ph.D., Behaviorworks.org

The ABCs of Behavior.pdf – Susan Friedman, Ph.D., Behaviorworks.org

Worksheets: Behavior Toolkit, Behavior Target, Functional Assessment & Intervention Design – Susan Friedman, Ph.D., Behaviorworks.org

The two sides of dog training, the right and the wrong way – Susan Garrett

VIDEO: Dog Training Methods … Does Right & Wrong Exist? – Susan Garrett

To each their own – D is for Dog

The Games People Play: Activity-Based Learning to Enhance Behavioral Husbandry Skills.pdf – Skurski, Millwood

The SECRET of Training Birds.pdf – Steve Martin

Training Animals: The Art of Science.pdf – Steve Martin

Training Theory – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Shedd Animal Training Seminar: Basic Operant Conditioning – Reactivechampion

The Science Says: Don’t Hit Your Dog – Victoria Stilwell

The Truth About Dominace – Victoria Stilwell

Analyzing the Dog Whisperer’s Techniques Through the Eyes of Science-Based Theories – The Crossover Trainer

Discrimination learning with and without “errors” – Terrace

Educational Behaviorism –

Errorless learning – Wikipedia

How Dogs Learn Animation Education – YouTube

Introduction to the Neuroscience of Behaviour – Simply Behaviour Dog Training Courses

Learning Theorie.com

Survey of the use and outcome of confrontational and non-confrontational training methods in client-owned dogs showing undesired behaviors – Herron, et al.

The Best Teachers

TRAINING RESOURCES – How 2 Train A _____

Tricia-Lee Keller’s Public Presentations

What Are These Terms You Are Using? – Tricia-Lee Keller

When Failure Is Okay – LessonsfromLayla

Why You Should Never Hit Your Dog – Real Clear Science

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Management (Environment, Antecedent Arrangements)

Humane Hierarchy, cone version – eileenanddogs

The Humane Hierarchy, Part 1 of 2: Overview – eileenanddogs

The Humane Hierarchy, Part 2 of 2: Examples – eileenanddogs

What’s an Antecedent Arrangement? – eileenanddogs

What’s Wrong with this Picture? Effectiveness is Not Enough.pdf – Susan Friedman, Ph.D., Behaviorworks.org

Parrot Training in New Environments – Barbara Heidenreich

Training Birds for Husbandry and Medical Behavior to Reduce or Eliminate Stress – Barbara Heidenreich

INTERPRETING AND INFLUENCING ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: AN ESSENTIAL KEEPER’S TOOL.pdf – Cassie Malina

What’s The Motivation?.pdf – Steve Martin

Upper Level Management – Pat Miller

Using Antecedent Arrangement In Solving Pet Problems – So Much Petential

What If Your Dog Will Not Budge On A Walk? – So Much Petential
An example that looks for management issues to help dogs.

Wild Animals – Zoo Training (Positive Reinforcement) YouTube Playlist
An amazing playlist of videos of positive reinforcement being used in sophisticated ways for complex behaviors. I couldn't stop watching one after the other.

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Respondent Conditioning

One completely distinct category of behavior modification changes a behavior by pairing it with another behavior that has a different meaning. For example if a rat is afraid of the family dog, let the dog be present from a distance (so that the rat doesn’t react fearfully), and while this happens, feed the rat treats. The scary dog can become neutral. In Respondent techniques, the animal is passively present when the pairing occurs. Respondent is roughly equivalent to Classical in all the articles.

Starting with basics:

Overcoming Fear Responses. Two Tools Every Animal Trainer Needs – Barbara Heidenreich

First Steps in Clicker Training – Kay Laurence

Why Clicker Training? – Kay Laurence

Counter Conditioning – Reactivechampion

Learning theory: classical – Reactivechampion

Learning theory: extinction – Reactivechampion

Learning theory-101-desensitization – Reactivechampion

What Not to Pair: The Consequence of Mixing Consequences – Kathy Sdao

Classical Conditioning – How It Works and a Few Examples of It In Action

Classical Conditioning – Pavlov

Classical Conditioning – Wikipedia

Classical Conditioning, Basics – Psychology World

Desensitization and Counterconditioning – ASPCA

What Is Classical Conditioning? (And Why Does It Matter?)


Respondent Conditioning – More!

eileenanddogs: Classical Conditioning – Creating a Positive Response to Barking

See My Successes; See My Failures – eileenanddogs

Stinky Stuff on My Back! DS/CC for Flea Treatment

You Can’t Cure MY Fear By Shoving Cookies at Me! – eileenanddogs

You’re Too Close! Dogs and Body Pressure – eileenanddogs

Animal Training Quips: Set them Up for Success! – Barbara Heidenreich

My Parrot is Afraid of Toys – Barbara Heidenreich

Dog training tutorial – Gotcha! teach your dog to be caught when loose!
Excellent video for husbandry and respondent conditioning examples of helping a little dog be okay with being picked up.

Counter Classical-Or Counter Operant? – Patricia McConnell

Dubhy and Viva Dog/Cat Counter Conditioning and Desensitization – Pat Miller

Desensitization – Reactivechampion

Classical Conditioning – Intro to Psychology, Section 4-9 – Ricker

Instrumental Learning – Intro to Psychology, Section 4-15 – Ricker

Classical Counterconditioning Collection – awesomedogs on Facebook

Five Days from Fear to Fun – Classical Counterconditioning – awesomedogs

Layman’s Dictionary of Dog Jargon in Rehabilitation – awesomedogs

Nine Steps to a Calm, Relaxed, Quiet Canine. Have a Go at DRO – awesomedogs

Preventative Counterconditioning … because bad stuff happens – awesomedogs

Threshold Roulette or Choice – awesomedogs

APDTA 2012 – How Dogs Think And Learn: Understanding Operant and Classical Conditioning: Part 1, A closer look at Classical Conditioning – K9 Coach

APDTA 2012 – How Dogs Think And Learn: Understanding Operant and Classical Conditioning: Part 3, Using Video – K9 Coach

BreedingBetterDogs – Early Neurological Stimulation.pdf

Chihuahua AFTER Counter Conditioning – YouTube

Chili clicker session – YouTube

Classical (also known as Respondent) conditioning – Wikipedia

Classical Conditioning – Neutral, Conditioned, and Unconditioned Stimuli and Responses – YouTube

Classical Conditioning: How It Works and a Few Examples of It In Action – AboutEducation

Classical vs Operant Conditioning: The Differences Between Classical and Operant Conditioning – AboutEducation

Companion Animal Psychology – Behavioural problems in rabbits, rodents and ferrets

Conditioning an emotional response to a cat and using a cat as a distraction – YouTube

Counter Conditioning Less Stress More Success – YouTube

Desensitization and Counterconditioning – ASPCA

Don’t Under Estimate The Power of Classical Conditioning – The Crossover Trainer

Handling Hamsters – Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors

I don’t wanna get dressed!!! Counterconditioning – YouTube

Introduction to Desensitization and Counterconditioning

Muttabouttown: No Stimulus Goes Unconditioned – Thinking out of the NILIF box

Using Desensitization-Counterconditioning for Applying Flea Medicine – YouTube

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Operant Conditioning

Operant means there are consequences to a behavior, such that the animal may choose to either do more or less of the behavior in the future. Let me drive this home with human examples: If I open the cookie jar and find chocolate chip pecan cookies, I promise you I will check the cookie jar more often in the future. On the other hand, if I touch the burner on the stove, and get burned, I promise you I will not touch the burner in the future.

Starting with basics:

Operant Learning Illustrated by Examples – eileenanddogs

We Don’t Need to Stop Discussing “The Quadrants” – eileenanddogs

An in-depth look at using the 4 quadrants of operant conditioning and how it applies to clicker training – Katie Bartlett

An Introduction to Reinforcement – Mary Hunter

Learning Theory 101: Operant Conditioning – Reactivechampion

Layman’s Dictionary of Dog Jargon in Rehabilitation – awesomedogs

Punishment and Principles – Where is the Line? – awesomedogs

B.F. Skinner – Operant Conditioning – Simply Psychology

Hungry Rat: “Motivation and Reward in Learning” 1948 Yale University; Psychology Experiments
WARNING: GRAPHIC SECOND HALF OF THIS VIDEO: The first half of this video is excellent for understanding how the rat learns to pull a lever for food; the second half applies shock (I could not watch it myself).

Operant conditioning – Wikipedia

YouTube: An Example of a Skinner Box [including the Rat]


Operant Conditioning Applies to All Species

YouTube: A Day in the Life of a HeroRAT-in-Training – APOPO

YouTube: Bart Weetjens: How I taught rats to sniff out land mines – TedTalk

Harpy Eagle Training: Exploring the Potential of Positive Reinforcement – Barbara Heidenreich

Secrets to an Awesome Training Session – Giraffe! – Barbara Heidenreich

Clicker Training Goes to the Zoo – Mary Hunter, Stale Cheerios

Fish Training Resumes – Mary Hunter, Stale Cheerios

Rat (and Mouse) Training – Mary Hunter, Stale Cheerios

INTERPRETING AND INFLUENCING ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: AN ESSENTIAL KEEPER’S TOOL.pdf – Cassie Malina

The Butterfly Project – Ken Rameriz

A little girl called Gabi started feeding some crows, so they started bringing her gifts

Baboons Benefit From Operant Conditioning – YouTube

The Importance of Choice in Animal Training – YouTube [Bird, Leopard Seal, Cockatoo

Operant Conditioning Orsa Bearpark – YouTube

Operant Conditioning, Amur Leopard training video, PART 1 – YouTube

Operant Conditioning, Amur Leopard training video, PART 2 – YouTube

Operant Conditioning, Amur Leopard training video, PART 3 – YouTube

Training Stingrays at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo


Operant Conditioning – More!

But if You Use Negative Reinforcement Aren’t You Also Using Positive Punishment? – eileenanddogs

But Isn’t It Punishment to Withhold the Treat? – eileenanddogs

Errorless Learning II – eileenanddogs

Force-Free Training and the Continuum Fallacy: Defining Ourselves – eileenanddogs

Only if the Behavior Decreases! – eileenanddogs

A Positive-Minded Primer on Punishment and Reinforcement – with a Buddhist Twist (Part 1 of 2)

A Positive-Minded Primer on Punishment and Reinforcement – with a Buddhist Twist (Part 2 of 2)

He Said, She Said, Science Says.pdf – Susan Friedman, Ph.D., Behaviorworks.org
“Does science have an answer to the current disagreement about empowerment vs. subordination?” Yes, it does.

Dissecting Punishment – Susan Garrett

Punishment in Today’s Dog Training – Susan Garrett

Punishment Pros and Cons – Susan Garrett

Who’s Shaping Who, Part 2 – Susan Garrett

Wild and Crazy Dogs!

To each their own – D is for Dog

But What Does it Look Like? Using Observable Phenomena to Interpret Behavior and Solve Training Challenges.pdf – Emily Insalaco

INTERPRETING AND INFLUENCING ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: AN ESSENTIAL KEEPER’S TOOL.pdf – Cassie Malina

What’s The Motivation?.pdf – Steve Martin

Are You All Positive? – Patricia McConnell

Feisty Fido Prompts And Lures In Dog Training Advanced Canine Behavior Dvd – Patricia McConnell

Conceptualising the Impact of Arousal and Affective State on Training Outcomes of Operant Conditioning – McGreevy et al.

The Poisoned Cue: Positive and Negative Discriminative Stimuli – Karen Pryor

The Shape of Shaping – Some Historical Notes – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Shedd Animal Training Seminar: Advanced Concepts in Reinforcement – Reactivechampion

Smart Reinforcement: A Journey Toward More Powerful Reinforcers – Ken Rameriz

Using Secondary Reinforcers Wisdom From Ken Ramirez – Patricia McConnell

Ian Dunbar – Reactivechampion

Is it ever necessary to use pain? – Reactivechampion

Jane Killion, reactive reinforcement – Reactivechampion

Musings on Why Cues May Not Be Reinforcing

What it means to be a positive trainer – Reactivechampion

Why cues can be reinforcing – Reactivechampion

Operant Conditioning– Intro to Psychology, Section 4-16 – Ricker

Reinforcement & Punishment in Operant Conditioning – Intro to Psychology, Section 4-17 – Ricker

Clicker Expo 2011 (Chicago): Kathy Sdao – What a Cue Can Do, Part 1 – Reactivechampion

Clicker Expo 2011 (Chicago): Kathy Sdao – What a Cue Can Do, Part 2 – Reactivechampion

ClickerExpo 2012: What A Cue Can Do Part 1 With Kathy Sdao & K9 Coach

ClickerExpo 2012: What A Cue Can Do Part 2 With Kathy Sdao & K9 Coach

Kathy Sdao – 10 ways to get behavior; Reactivechampion

The Problem with Punishment – Victoria Stilwell

Blurred Lines – When Approach Means Escape – awesomedogs

APDTA 2012 – How Dogs Think And Learn: Understanding Operant and Classical Conditioning: Part 3, Using Video – K9 Coach

Choose Positive Dog Training – The Practice of Self-Interruption – The Engage-Disengage Game

Classical vs Operant Conditioning: The Differences Between Classical and Operant Conditioning – AboutEducation

Kamal Fernandez Workshops: Think, Plan, Do, Review – K9 Coach

Muttabouttown: No Stimulus Goes Unconditioned – Thinking out of the NILIF box

Operant Conditioning – Reinforcement, Punishment, and Extinction – Wikipedia

Operant conditioning – Wikipedia

Pavlov’s Dogs Pet Dog Training – Testimonials, Robert Jordan

Position Statement The Use of Punishment for Behavior Modification in Animals – American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

The Science Behind Punishment, Learning & Reinforcement (Fear Or Pain Inducing Techniques … The Facts) – Simplybehavior.com

Skinner – Operant Conditioning – SimplyPsychology

Skinner’s Quadrants Series, Part I, Intro and Positive Punishment – The Crossover Trainer

Skinner’s Quadrants Series, Part II, Negative Reinforcement – The Crossover Trainer

Skinner’s Quadrants Series, Part III, Negative Punishment – The Crossover Trainer

Skinner’s Quadrants Series, Part IV, Positive Reinforcement – The Crossover Trainer

The implicit benefit of learning without errors.pdf – Maxwell, et al.

The Science of Consequences – How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World – Susan M. Schneider

Why Does My Dog Ignore Me? – Training Tracks Blog

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Positive Reinforcement

One of the Four Quadrants of Operant Conditioning

Starting with basics:

Immediately after the rat volunteers a friendly or desired behavior, have a food reward *at* her mouth. The rat offers the behavior voluntarily, first. Food is not used to lure the rat into doing the behavior before being offered. In science terms: If behavior followed by a reinforcer (food being an example – the learner determines what is a reinforcer and what is not) strengthens in the future, positive reinforcement has taken place.

The Importance of Choice in Animal Training – YouTube [Bird, Leopard Seal, Cockatoo

But How Do I Tell My Dog She’s Wrong?

What You Reinforce Is What You Get – eileenanddogs

Wild Animals – Zoo Training (Positive Reinforcement) YouTube Playlist
An amazing playlist of videos of positive reinforcement being used in sophisticated ways for complex behaviors. I couldn't stop watching one after the other.

An Introduction to Reinforcement – Mary Hunter

We’re Positive – Pat Miller

Positive Reinforcement – Victoria Stilwell


Positive Reinforcement – More!

6 Myths about Positive Reinforcement-Based Training – eileenanddogs

Only if the Behavior Increases! – eileenanddogs

R+ Misconceptions – eileenanddogs

Easy to Preach, Tough to Practice – Anima Blog

Operant conditioning – Shaping – Learning – Khan Academy

Empowering Parrots – Positive Reinforcement boosts confidence for both bird and trainer.pdf – Susan Friedman, Ph.D.

Birds, Sheep, Rats and other Out of Control Rewards – Susan Garrett

How Awesome is Reinforcement, Really – Susan Garrett

Immediate vs Long Term Reinforcement – Susan Garrett

Positive ways to deal with unwanted behavior (video) – Mary Hunter

DON’T SAY DON’T: MOVING PAST ”HOW DO I STOP MY ANIMAL FROM …”.pdf – Chris Jenkins

Positive Reinforcement Training as an Enrichment Technique.pdf – Dan Blair

The Right Tool For the Job.pdf – Steve Martin

Have An Example Of A Creative Reinforcement? – Patricia McConnell

Positive Reinforcement Is Defined By The Receiver! – Patricia McConnell

Positive Reinforcement Is Defined By The Receiver – Take 2 – Patricia McConnell

Using Positives To Decrease Negatives – Patricia McConnell

High value or low value, choosing the right reinforcer – Reactivechampion

Ken Ramirez Seminar: Non-Food Reinforcers – Reactivechampion

Pleasure of anticipation – Reactivechampion

Positive Training: More Than Just Ignoring the Bad – Reactivechampion

The 100 treat philosophy – Reactivechampion

Kathy Sdao Seminar: 10 Ways to Get Behavior

The Value of Rewards – Victoria Stilwell

Give Them Love – An Experimental Demonstration of Petting As a Reinforcer For Shelter Dogs – ORCA

Give Them Love Shelter Program – ORCA

How to Understand Positive Reinforcement – Wikihow

Luring vs Mark Reward Training – The Crossover Trainer

Positive Reinforcement For Kids

POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT TRAINING: ADDING UP THE PLUSES AND THE MINUSES

POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT: WHERE DOES IT FIT IN EQUINE TRAINING?

Skinner’s Quadrants Series, Part IV, Positive Reinforcement – The Crossover Trainer

The Truth About Positive Reinforcement – Haug, Psychology Today

What is Positive Reinforcement Training for Dogs – Pets4Homes

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It’s Not About The Treats (Or Food)

Can We Determine Whether Training with Food Is Positive or Negative Reinforcement? – eileenanddogs

It’s Not All About Rewards – Behaviorist at Play

What Makes a Reward Rewarding? – Kay Lawrence

What’s In It For Me?.pdf – Steve Martin

“What’s In It For Me” – Patricia McConnell

We have cookies – Reactivechampion

The Value of Rewards – Victoria Stilwell

Why Positive Training Is Not Bribery – Victoria Stilwell

Do you love me for the treats? – awesomedogs

Bribes vs rewards

Chronicles of a Dog Trainer – But he’ll always do it for food …

Clicker Training – It’s Not About The Food! (And There’s Scientific Evidence to Prove It)

Horse Clicker Training – Bribery or Reinforcer?

Lessons From Shedd: “When can I get rid of the treats?” – Paws Abilities Dog Training

Modern Dog Training Is Not About Cookies! – The Crossover Trainer

Rewards and Dopamine; what happens when we clicker train?

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Clicker (or Marker) Training

At the moment of the good behavior, MARK IT, with a click or other sound, and follow up promptly with a (usually food) reinforcer (reward). Having taught the rat that the click means “Yes, exactly that! Good Job“, and because she knows the reward is coming, she may do more of the desired behavior in the future.

Starting with basic definitions:

Clicker Training a Behavior from Start to Finish – Katie Bartlett

Clicker Basics: What is equine clicker training and how do you apply it to horses? – Katie Bartlett

Why Clicker Training? – Katie Bartlett

What is clicker training? – Mary Hunter

What’s the purpose of the click in clicker training? – Mary Hunter

Training with Positives: The Clicker Way – Alexandra Kurland

Are You Clicker Training, or Training with a Clicker – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Charging the Clicker – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Clicker Training Terms – Karen Pryor

What Is Clicker Training – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Clicker Training – Reactivechampion

OMG – you get a lot of treats. You’re going to get FAT – awesomedogs

Biology Backs Clicker Training – Thecrossovertrainer

Clicker Training Your Pet – ASPCA

The Click Is A Contract – Your Pit Bull and You


Clicker Training – More!

There is Hope: One Trainer’s Journey from Liverwurst to Kibble – Eileen Anderson

AAAACCKK!!! Here’s a Wince-Worthy Example of How NOT to Use a Clicker

VIDEO: Bart Weetjens: How I taught rats to sniff out land mines

VIDEO: How it works: TB detection by rats – APOPO

Clicker Stages & Getting Stuck – Elaine Elmer, on Equineclickertraining.com

Clicker Training: Getting Started: Equine Clicker Training – Katie Bartlett

Motivation … Too much, too little, just right? – Equineclickertraining.com

Blazing Clickers.pdf – Steve Martin & Susan Friedman

When Clicking Goes Wrong – Susan Garrett

Clicker training Q&A: Where to click? – Mary Hunter

Clicker Training Step 1 – Teach Food Delivery – Stale Cheerios

Using Shaping to Teach New Behaviors – Mary Hunter, Stale Cheerios

What is Stimulus Control? – Mary Hunter

Getting Started: Four Simple Steps – The Clicker Center – Alexandra Kurland

The Click That Teaches, Online Course – The Clicker Center – Alexandra Kurland

Training with Positives: The Clicker Way – The Clicker Center – Alexandra Kurland

Lure & Clicker Training to teach Sit – Advantages & Disadvantages – Patricia McConnell

Markers And Secondary Reinforcers – Patricia McConnell

Patricia McConnell: Click and … Always Treat – Or Not

Clicker training your rabbit by Joan Orr and Teresa Lewin

Are You Clicker Training, or Training with a Clicker? – Karen Pryor

Bad Bob – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Click Your Cat to Better Behavior! – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Clicker Bridge Stimulus Efficacy.pdf – Karen Pryor

Clicker Trainers Use No Punishment – and Other Training Myths – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Erasing Fear – A Lesson (or Two) on Cues and Shaping – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Fifteen Tips for Getting Started with the Clicker – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Helping Shy Dogs Blossom Using Targeting – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

How to Clicker Train Your Critter – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

How to Develop a Training Plan – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

How to Practice Clicker Mechanics – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

How to Teach Your Pet to Target – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Improve Your Clicker Training Skills – Katie Bartlett

Is it Really All or Nothing – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Operant Conditioning vs. Clicker Training – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Shaping and Targeting – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Targeting vs. Luring – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

The Ten Laws of Shaping – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Thoughts from a “Positive Reinforcement” Trainer – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Training Theory – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Well-Trained Pets Are Just a Click Away – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Suzanne Clothier Seminar: Where Clicker Trainers Go Wrong – Reactivechampion

I am a Clucker Trainer – awesomedogs

It’s In the Details: Lumping – The Crossover Trainer

Shaping – Just Another Advantage of Clicker Training – The Crossover Trainer



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Critical Subtopics of Behavior Science

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A wide range of subjects.

The Power of Trust

For learning to take place, trust in the human is central. It’s about RELATIONSHIP.

Steve Martin: Training Birds with Trust Accounts – Mary Hunter, Stale Cheerios

Training when you’re not training – Mary Hunter, Stale Cheerios

The Importance of Choice in Animal Training – YouTube [Bird, Leopard Seal, Cockatoo

Does Your Parrot Have a Trust Account?.pdf – Steve Martin

It’s About Relationships.pdf – Steve Martin

LITTLE TIME EXPENDITURE, BIG TIME SUCCESS.pdf – Angi Millwood

The Art and Skill of Learning as Humans in the Animal Field.pdf – Arianna Bailey

The Power of Trust.pdf – Steve Martin, NEI, and Susan Friedman USU, on Behaviorworks.org

The SECRET of Training Birds.pdf – Steve Martin

What’s The Motivation?.pdf – Steve Martin

Choosing to Come When Called – and Other Choice Morsels on the Science of Choice Behaviour! – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

How to Create a Reactive Human in 10 Minutes or Less – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Organic Training – Kathy Sdao

Are you positive? Ask your dog – awesomedogs

Cracking The Learning Code – Element 31, Stress – the Death of Learning

Shedding Light on Why We Trust – Neuroscience News

VIDEO: Brené Brown on Empathy [How It Looks & Works]

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Thinking About Science and Letting It Guide Your Thinking About Behavior

“Saying There’s No Such Thing As Behavioral Science Because You Don’t Like It, Won’t Make It Go Away”

“Calling something you do with a rat, a ‘method’, or a ‘technique’, doesn’t explain what’s happening; science explains what’s happening”

“The great thing about science is that you’re free to disagree with it, but you’ll be wrong”

“There are scientific principles operating in any self-proclaimed “technique” or “method”, even when the promoters deny this”

Don’t Get Mud on Your Face! Citing Research in Discussions

Force-Free Training and the Continuum Fallacy: Defining Ourselves – eileenanddogs

Exactly Where You Should Be – Susan Garrett

Positives of Negatives & Negatives of Positives – Patricia McConnell

Training Schedules – Patricia McConnell

Do methods matter – Reactivechampion

DEVELOPING SCIENTIFIC THEORIES – Intro to Psychology, Chapter 1 – Ricker

The Science Behind Positive Training – Victorial Stilwell

Negative Reinforcement – The Bill Collector Quadrant – awesomedogs

Science says … a lot of things – awesomedogs

Treat Training Trinity – Why positive reinforcement did not work for my dog – awesomedogs

Cognitive dissonance – Wikipedia

Cracking The Learning Code – Element 31, Stress – the Death of Learning

Critics Challenge ‘Dog Whisperer’ Methods

How to Read a Research Article.pdf – Cornell University

Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial – U.C. Berkeley

RESOURCES FOR DOING WEB-BASED RESEARCH – Cornell University

How to Read a Research Article.pdf – Harvard University

Reading Research: Does Size Matter? – Awesomedogs

Researchers urge rethink of ‘Monty Roberts’ horse training method

Rhetological Fallacies – Information Is Beautiful

Science Proves Round Pen Methods a Joke – Writing of Riding

Science Takes On “The Man Who Listens to Horses” – Sydney Morning Herald

Some Online Journals Will Publish Fake Science, For A Fee

Survey of the use and outcome of confrontational and non-confrontational training methods in client-owned dogs showing undesired behaviors.pdf, Herron et al.

The Death of Expertise – The Federalist

The Science Dog: Thyroid on Trial

This Graphic Explains 20 Cognitive Biases That Affect Your Decision-Making

YouTube: Cognitive dissonance (Dissonant & Justified) – Brad Wray

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Ethics

eileenanddogs: “Let Rats Decide”

Hierarchy road map – eileenanddogs

Humane Hierarchy, cone version – eileenanddogs

The Humane Hierarchy, Part 1 of 2: Overview – eileenanddogs

The Humane Hierarchy, Part 2 of 2: Examples – eileenanddogs

What’s Wrong with this Picture? Effectiveness is Not Enough.pdf – Susan Friedman, Ph.D., Behaviorworks.org

To each their own – D is for Dog

Parrots and Punishment – Barbara Heidenreich

Teaching animals the clicker way – Mary Hunter, Stale Cheerios

Why Clicker Training? – Kay Laurence

The Poisoned Cue: Positive and Negative Discriminative Stimuli, or, “Why Clicking and Correction Don’t Mix” – Karen Pryor

On Cue 2 – Beware The Poisoned Cue – K9 Coach

The Positive Vs. Traditional Training Debate – Kellie Snider

A Barnyard of Verbal Reprimands – awesomedogs

Aggression – Who’s to Blame – the Dog or the Owner? – awesomedogs

Punishment and Principles – Where is the Line? – awesomedogs

Warning! Positive Training May Harm Your Dog – awesomedogs

Yes you can reinforce fear … or at least enable it – awesomedogs

YOUR Dog is Stressed! MY Dog is Doing Calming Signals – awesomedogs

Let Rats Decide When – JoinRats

Counter Conditioning Less Stress More Success – YouTube

Dominance and Dog Training – Association of Professional Dog Trainers Position Statement

Happy Healthy Pup – Hierarchy of Humane Behavior Practices

Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) approach – Association of Professional Dog Trainers Position Statement

Position Statement on the Use of Dominance Theory in Behavior Modification of Animals – American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

Position Statement The Use of Punishment for Behavior Modification in Animals – American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior

The Ethics of Training Methods – The Crossover Trainer

The Importance of Choice in Animal Training – YouTube

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“Crossover Trainer”?

Growing up in a family and culture where punishment – used in the general sense of hurting, or causing mental or physical pain through actions like spanking, or worse – can be the norm for many of us. Then, we come around to wanting to help our pet rats. Pet rats do not tolerate such punishments and in fact mostly react badly; they can become fearful or aggressive. Those who work towards a new understanding of what it means to affect an animal’s behavior without the use of aversives can find the path unfamiliar, confusing, and hard. Those who go through this shift, myself included, are called “Crossover Trainers”.

Being Tough – eileenanddogs

Crossing Over – eileenanddogs

Animal Training Philosophy – Positive Reinforcement – Parvene Farhoody, CPDT, CABC, CDBC

Thoughts from a “Positive Reinforcement” Trainer – Ken Rameriz

Magical Breakthrough Moment with Clicker Training – Alexandra Kurland

Confessions of a recovering crossover trainer – Karen Pryor

Operant Conditioning and the Traditional Trainer – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Crossing Over – Reactivechampion

Becoming a RE-Crossover Trainer – Rallying Against the Slippery Slope – awesomedogs

Pinch Me A.K.A. Prong Me – awesomedogs

A Crossover Trainer’s Journey – mymegaedog

A Whole Different View – The Crossover Trainer

Guest Post: A Pet Owner’s Story

Guest Post: My Journey to Crossing Over – The Crossover Trainer

My Dog, My Story – The Crossover Trainer

Petitioning Millan Foundation Cesar Millan: Become a Crossover Trainer – i.e. use only Force Free/Reward Based Training Methods

Questions for Crossover Trainers – Clickerlessons

Reflections from the Crossover Trainer

Reflections of a Crossover Trainer

The Crossover Trainer Blog on Facebook

The Curse of Knowledge – What Force-Free Trainers Need to Understand – The Crossover Trainer

The Thinking Dog. Crossover to Clicker Training.pdf – Chapter 1 – Crossing Over, Gail Fisher

The Thinking Dog: Crossover to Clicker Training (Dogwise Training Manual)

Unashamed – The Crossover Trainer

We are all crossover trainers

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Examples of Flooding In Non-Science-Based “Methods”

I am singling out this topic in its own box because I see examples of flooding in the pet rat world, and I want to help reduce that activity.

If we’re not careful about how we handle our pet rats, there is a risk that certain kinds of handling will result in suffering for the rat. Flooding is one example. Unfortunately there is an abundance of self-proclaimed “animal trainers” who promote these poor (and worse) methods. It can be very helpful to understand what NOT to do while understanding what TO do, with regard to affecting the behavior of our sweetie pie rats.

Below this big first group of topics is another significant list of links having to do with Stress in the Way that Is Not Good, Aversives: The Bad and Ugly, Aggression: General Issues, Flooding, Learned Helplessness, Shut-Down, and How Do You Think About “Dominance”? Antiquated, Inaccurate, Invalid, Hurtful, Unnecessary, and Just Plain Wrong Wrong Wrong Uses of the Term


Four Examples:

“Forced Socialization”
This “method” was widely promoted to work with unsocialized rats. I know the originator of the “method” had her heart in the right place. Unfortunately there are an infinite number of ways to ‘practice’ this technique, and many of them result in flooding the rat. I’ve been contacted by people who regretted what they had subjected their rat to; they wanted to undo damage caused.

“Immersion Training” – The Guide
Examples are sprinkled throughout this lengthy and often confusing thread.

“Overshadowing” – ESI Education [Horses]

The Use of the Wheat Pressure Box on Horses (Equine Restraint System) – Review, by Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin, who is both a Professor and autistic, writes in this article that she can relate to the idea of surrounding a scared horse with pressure in order to comfort him. She had already invented a ‘hugging machine’ to use on herself because it made her feel better, and went on to invent a similar machine for use on cattle moving through the lines at slaughter houses.

While Dr. Grandin writes, “The trainer must be careful not to frighten the horse”, I saw this specific PBS special (from June 1997) myself, and in my opinion the wild mustang was in fact terrified as he was semi-buried in grain and rendered helpless. The pressure of the grain on all sides of his body immobilized him. His terror level exploded, and he broke into a full sweat. He emerged after about 30 minutes extremely lethargic, which on the surfaced appeared calm, relaxed, and cooperative.

With all due respect to Dr. Grandin’s expertise in the value of providing supportive and intense pressure at the right time and in the right measure – I personally believe this concept can helpfully apply to pet rats when done correctly – I think this “wheat method” is 100% Flooding. I have searched high and low for this video, and believe it is not currently available for viewing. PBS had a disclaimer at the end indicating the method was considered controversial. Here are some questions and concerns raised in Horse whisperers on PBS – a Google group thread discussion.

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Husbandry

Wild Animals – Zoo Training (Positive Reinforcement) YouTube Playlist
An amazing playlist of videos of positive reinforcement being used in sophisticated ways for complex behaviors. I couldn't stop watching one after the other.

Dog training tutorial- Gotcha! teach your dog to be caught when loose!
Excellent video for husbandry and respondent conditioning examples of helping a little dog be okay with being picked up.

In Which My Training Priorities Surprised Me

Shedd Animal Training Seminar: Cooperative Behavior

Shedd Animal Training Seminar: Husbandry Training

Get a Handle on your Training – Kathy Sdao

Husbandry How-To’s – Kathy Sdao

Husbandry-Training Classes for Dog Owners – Kathy Sdao

When Good Walruses Go Bad

Applying animal learning theory: training captive animals to comply with veterinary and husbandry procedures

Desensitization and Counterconditioning

Husbandry Success

Operant Conditioning, Amur Leopard training video, PART 1 – YouTube

Operant Conditioning, Amur Leopard training video, PART 2 – YouTube

Operant Conditioning, Amur Leopard training video, PART 3 – YouTube

Training (marine mammals)

Training Stingrays at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo

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Rats Feel

A survey of some of the deep thinking about emotions in animals.

Let Rats Decide When – JoinRats
Shamelessly starting with my own page and video. :)

eileenanddogs: “Let Rats Decide”
Eileenanddogs reviewed the JoinRats’ page!

Empathy and Pro-Social Behavior in Rats – Bartal et al.

YouTube: Experiment Shows Rats Helping Other Distressed Rats – Bartal et al.

Getting in Touch with Their Feelings. Developing Sensitivity to Bird Behavior.pdf – Barbara Heidenreich

The scientific case for emotional feelings in animals – Mary Hunter

YouTube: Empathy and Pro-Social Behavior in Rats – Peggy Mason, University of Chicago

YouTube: Rats show kindness toward strangers, a new study shows – Peggy Mason, University of Chicago

YouTube: Rats with empathy? – Peggy Mason

Conceptualising the Impact of Arousal and Affective State on Training Outcomes of Operant Conditioning – McGreevy et al.

Interview with Jaak Panksepp, PhD, on the Implications of his Discoveries Regarding the Emotional Lives of Animals.pdf – Ginger Campbell

Jaak Panksepp – from psychiatric ward to understanding happiness

Rats Laugh When You Tickle Them (YouTube) – Jaak Panksepp

The Archaeology of Mind: Neuroevolutionary Origins of Human Emotions, Jaak Panksepp (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology)

The science of emotions – Jaak Panksepp at TEDxRainier – YouTube

The science of emotions: Jaak Panksepp at TEDxRainier (YouTube)

VIDEO: Experts in Emotion 3.3 – Jaak Panksepp on Animal Models of Human Emotion

VIDEO: How rats laugh – Jaak Panksepp

Why do rats laugh? Interview with Jaak Panksepp

YouTube: The science of emotions: Jaak Panksepp at TEDxRainier

The Importance of Choice in Animal Training – YouTube [Bird, Leopard Seal, Cockatoo

Do Wild Animals Suffer From PTSD and Other Psychological Disorders? Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., Psychology Today

Emotional reactions of rats to the pain of others, Church

Emotional reactions of rats to the pain of others. J Comp Physiol Psychol – ResearchGate

Emotions are Not Bad Behavior – The Natural Child Project

Empathic Rats Spring Each Other From Jail – Not Exactly Rocket Science

Empathy and Pro-Social Behavior in Rats

Evolutionary Roots of Empathy.pdf – de Waal

Feeling the Pain of Social Loss

Helping your fellow rat: Rodents show empathy-driven behavior, evidence suggests – Science Daily

Invasive Rat Research Should be Abolished Once and for All – Psychology Today

Many Animals Can Become Mentally Ill, Shreya Dasgupta, BBC Earth

Phew! It’s OK to be Anthropomorphic!

PRO-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR IN RATS: ELICITING EMPATHY TOWARDS AN ARTIFICIAL LIFE-FORM (IRAT) – Moore, et al.

Psychological Disorders in Animals: A Review of What We Know, Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., PsychologyToday

Rats demonstrate helping behavior toward a soaked conspecific, Sato et al.

Rats Feel Each Other’s Pain – Science

Rats free each other from cages – Nature

Rats Laugh When You Tickle Them – YouTube – Jaak Panksepp

Rats Like Tickling – Why Is the Animal Welfare Act So Lame – Psychology Today

Rats Will Save Their Friends From Drowning

Receiving of emotional signal of pain from conspecifics in laboratory rats – Nakashima et al.

Receiving of emotional signal of pain from conspecifics in laboratory rats.pdf – Nakashima et al.

Social Modulation of Pain as Evidence for Empathy in Mice – Langford et al.

The Emotional Learning Quadrant

The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy — and Why They Matter, Marc Bekoff, Ph.D. (Book – Amazon)

The Intriguing New Science That Could Change Your Mind About Rats – WIRED

VIDEO: Brené Brown on Empathy [How It Looks & Works]

YouTube: Science Claims Rats Display ‘Empathy’, Looks More Like ‘Curiosity’

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Socialization, Sensitive Periods, and Developmental Stages

Starting with two powerfully good references:

L-nest – YouTube – Infant Rat-Human Touch
The videos on this YouTube site are the closest to ‘safe’ that I can identify for how to touch infant rats to help them feel good about being touched by humans

Lick Your Rats – Genetic Science Learning Center, University of Utah
From the University of Utah: “Some mother rats spend a lot of time licking, grooming, and nursing their pups. Others seem to ignore their pups. Highly nurtured rat pups tend to grow up to be calm adults, while rat pups who receive little nurturing tend to grow up to be anxious”.


Please do not apply the following references to pet rats. These are offered only to assist us in thinking through the issues:

Attachment, Development and Emotion – A Neurobiological Perspective

Before You Get Your Puppy.pdf – Ian Dunbar

Early Socialization: A Biological Need and the Key to Companionability.pdf – Susan Friedman, Ph.D., Behaviorworks.org

A Good Start to a Good Bird – Barbara Heidenreich

The Social Scene – Pat Miller

Checklist for Socialization.pdf – Sophia Yin, DVM

Critical Periods of Vulnerability for the Developing Nervous System: Evidence from Humans and Animal Models.pdf – Rice and Barone, 1999

Developmental Stages & Socialization – Diamondsintheruff.com

Developmental Stages of Puppy Behavior.pdf – Houston SPCA

Early Socialization

The Neuroscience of puppy development. Start before you get him home.

Pro-social 50-kHz ultrasonic communication in rats: post-weaning but not post-adolescent social isolation leads to social impairments – phenotypic rescue by re-socialization – Seffer, et al., Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 2015

Puppy Culture – LEARNING CENTER

Puppy Habituation/Socialisation Schedule.pdf &ndsash; Simplybehavior.com

Puppy Socialization from Dr. R.K. Anderson

The Science – Why It Matters (Key Stages) – The Puppy Plan

Sensitive periods in development: structural characteristics and causal interpretations – Bornstein, 1989

Socialising a Litter – Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors

Socialization Safety Guidelines – Puppy Training and Socialization Resources – Operation Socialization

Socialization – That Word You Keep Using … I Don‘t Think It Means What You Think It Means – Kindredcompanions.com

Socializing Puppies While Still With the Litter

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Body Language: What Do You See Your Rat Doing? It’s About Behavior

The Importance of Choice in Animal Training – YouTube [Bird, Leopard Seal, Cockatoo

Let Rats Decide When – JoinRats

Thoughts on human and rat ethology – Ratbehavior.org

What is my rat doing – Should humans “flip and pee” a rat? – Ratbehavior.org

Canine Ethogram – Social and Agonistic Behavior – Roger Abrantes

Dominance – Making Sense of the Nonsense – Roger Abrantes

Pacifying Behavior – Origin, Function and Evolution – Roger Abrantes

Pictures illustrating canine social and agonistic behavior.pdf – Roger Abrantes

Calm Submissive – eileenanddogs

Does Your Dog REALLY Want to be Petted? – eileenanddogs

Dogs Who Like to be Petted or Touched – eileenanddogs

Group of topics: Dog Body Language Posts and Videos – eileenanddogs

Lip Licks! – eileenanddogs

You’re Too Close! Dogs and Body Pressure – eileenanddogs

But What Does it Look Like? Using Observable Phenomena to Interpret Behavior and Solve Training Challenges.pdf – Emily Insalaco

INTERPRETING AND INFLUENCING ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: AN ESSENTIAL KEEPER’S TOOL.pdf – Cassie Malina

“Ready?” Using meta-communication to help your dog – Patricia McConnell

Hugging – Patricia McConnell

Learning To See – Kathy Sdao

Avoidance Makes for Happy (Looking) Dogs – awesomedogs

YOUR Dog is Stressed! MY Dog is Doing Calming Signals – awesomedogs

Early Stress Signals in Dogs.pdf – Vetbehaviorteam.com
We need this for assessing rats :)

Seven Stages to a Bite – Barks from the Guild
We need this for assessing rats :)

Severe Stress Signals in Dogs.pdf – Vetbehaviorteam.com
We need this for assessing rats :)

Physiological Signs of Stress.pdf – Vetbehaviorteam.com
We need this for assessing rats :)

Belly Rub Redux – Paws Abilities Dog Training

Canine Body Language – ASPCA

Canine Body Language: Some Dogs Don’t Want Belly Rubs! – Paws Abilities Dog Training

Does a Dog’s Body Language Tell Us How Much He Has Learned? – Psychologytoday

Dog Communication and Body Language – Center for Shelter Dogs

Dogs‘ Body Language Relevant to Learning Achievement – Hasegawa et al.

How Calming Signals Opened My Eyes VERY Wide – The Crossover Trainer

Incredibly Detailed Charts Will Help You Speak Your Dog’s Language

The Many Faces of Behavior Myopia: Recognizing the Subtle Signs

Thresholds – recognize and respect them – Diamondsintheruff.com

What is your dog communicating? A Guide to Calming Signals – The Crossover Trainer

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Thresholds

As you bring a scary thing to rat, or a rat to a scary thing, the rat reacts. There are types of reactions, and an escalation of reactions. “Thresholds” looks at the types and what they mean. In all cases good behavior modification has one aim with regard to thresholds: “Don’t Do Something to Your Rat that Causes Her to Go Over Threshold”.

How Can She Possibly Be Eating? – eileenanddogs

Threshold Webinar – eileenanddogs

Threshold-Movie Script – eileenanddogs

Thresholds in Dog Training … HOW Many? – eileenanddogs

Thresholds, His, Mine, and Ours – Rewarding Behaviors

Thresholds: The Movie – eileenanddogs

VIDEO: Dogs Over Threshold – Eileen Anderson

WEBINAR: Over Threshold: The Changing Definition – Eileen Anderson

Thresholds: What they are, why they matter, and why every dog owner should understand them – Reactivechampion

Threshold Roulette or Choice – awesomedogs

Dog Training and Bite Thresholds – greenacreskennel

Fear, Fireworks & Neuroplasticity: What you should never do when your dog is afraid

What is a Threshold? – Ines Gaschot

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What’s Up With “Chicken Camps”
On JoinRats? – Yes Indeedy

The History of Operant Conditioning Workshops Using the Chicken as a Behavior Model

Click and Cluck – Lesson Animal Training from Chickens

Behaviour modification … for the trainer! – The Normal Dog

Chicken Training Seminars by Robert Bailey – Historical Archive

It’s Not About The Chickens – Your Pit Bull and You

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Trainers & Experts
Based in Behavior Science
(A Few of the Many)

Mary Hunter – Stale Cheerios
Starting with Mary Hunter because she’s a pet rat lover. :)

Virginia Dare – North Star Canines
A pet rat expert too!

Sue Ainsby – Mind to Mind – Main Site

Jean Donaldson’s main site

Susan Friedman

Susan Garrett’s main site

Donna Hill’s Private Dog Training, BC, Canada

Alexandra Kurland

The Clicker Center – Alexandra Kurland

Kay Laurence

Natural Encounters, Inc. Staff – Steve Martin

Patricia McConnell

Pat Miller – Main Site

Karen Pryor

Ken Rameriz Training & Consulting – Consulting

Kathy Sdao

Virginia Dare – North Star Canines

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Bob Bailey, One of a Kind In the History of Behavior Science

Bailey-Farhoody Operant Conditioning Chicken Workshops – BehaviorMatters

Bob Bailey, SCD – BehaviorMatters

Behavior by Bailey
Site has not been maintained but still a great resource.

Chicken Training Seminars by Robert Bailey – Historical Archive

IQ Zoo, historical archive, Robert E. Bailey and University of Central Arkansas

Robert E. Bailey

YouTube: IQ Zoo: Excerpts from “Patient Like the Chipmunks” by Bob Bailey and Marion Breland Bailey

Intelligence isn’t Everything (Breed differences, genes!), YouTube – Peta Clarke
The topic is species differences, but there is historical footage from ABE. Great video!

ClickerSolutions Home – Significant articles by Bob Bailey

ClickerSolutions Interviews: Bob Bailey

ClickerSolutions Training Articles – Clicker Training Rats – Bob Bailey
I had a personal conversation with Bob about some of his method – very interesting and I’d be happy to share if you are considering clicker-training your rat. Just contact me.

ClickerSolutions Training Articles Contents

Bob Bailey and Animal Training – Mary Hunter, Stale Cheerios

Keller and Marian Breland Create the Field of Applied Animal Psychology – Sophia Yin, DVM

The Best Animal Trainers in History: Interview with Bob and Marian Bailey, Part 1 – Sophia Yin, DVM

History of Behavior Analysis: Animal Behavior Enterprises

History of Behavior Analysis: Dolphin Training in the 20th Century

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Classes and Other Learning Tools

Sue Ainsby – The BOOK of TRAINING LEVELS (Older)

Sue Ainsby –The BOOK of TRAINING LEVELS (CURRENT)

Dolphin Training (part 1 of 2)

Dolphin Training (part 2 of 2)

Educational Opportunities in the Clicker Community – Katie Bartlett

Living & Learning with Animals: The Fundamental Principles and Procedures of Teaching and Learning – Susan Friedman, Ph.D., Behaviorworks.org

Puppy Peaks – Susan Garrett

Recallers Waitlist – Susan Garrett

Ten Charateristics – The Clicker Center

The Value Of Basic Training Skills – Patricia McConnell

The Training Game – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Volunteers Can Play the Clicker Game – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Husbandry-Training Classes for Dog Owners – Kathy Sdao

An ABA Practitioner’s Guide To Evidence-Based Staff Training

Animals on Course

What Are These Terms You’re Using? – Behaviorist At Plan

Classical and Operant Conditioning Study Guide – AboutEducation

The Unexamined Dog – Language, literacy and learning for dog people, or any people.

What every person can learn from dog training – Noa Szefler – TEDxJaffa with subtitles – Amara

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Clicker Training Links – Katie Bartlett

Educational Opportunities in the Clicker Community – Katie Bartlett

Resources – Katie Bartlett

Training Articles – Katie Bartlett

Consultations, Books – Fearfuldogs

Clicker Training Resources – Mary Hunter, Stale Cheerios

Best of reactive champion – Reactivechampion

Links – Reactivechampion

Animal Behavior Links – Sophia Yin

Behaviorism

Behaviorist At Play

BEYOND CESAR MILLAN - huge number of awesome articles

Family Paws – Resources

Legacy Canine – Dog Training – Resources

The Puppy Plan – Resources Menu, Downloads

Precision Behavior Animal Training – Resources

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Aggression: General Issues

Dog Dog-Reactivity Treatment Summary – Patricia McConnell

Dog Dog-Reactivity, the Basics – Patricia McConnell

Aggression – Who’s to Blame – the Dog or the Owner? – awesomedogs

Good dog – Bad dog – Sad dog – Mad dog – awesomedogs

Human directed aggression in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris): Occurrence in different contexts and risk factors – Casey et al.

Survey of the use and outcome of confrontational and non-confrontational training methods in client-owned dogs showing undesired behaviors.pdf

The relationship between training methods and the occurrence of behavior problems, as reported by owners, in a population of domestic dogs – Blackwell, et al.

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Flooding, Learned Helplessness, Shut-Down

7 Effects of Punishment – eileenanddogs

But It Worked for My Dog!! – eileenanddogs

Calm Submissive – eileenanddogs

Discussing Negative Reinforcement Responsibly – eileenanddogs

Haters – eileenanddogs

It’s Not Painful. It’s Not Scary. It Just Gets the Dog’s Attention! – eileenanddogs

Leaving the Scene – Clarifying the Science of Negative Reinforcement – eileenanddogs

Let’s Talk about Using Aversives in Training. I’ll Go First! – eileenanddogs

Shut Down Dogs, Part 1 – eileenanddogs

Shut Down Dogs, Part 2 – eileenanddogs

Threshold Webinar – eileenanddogs

You Can’t Cure MY Fear By Shoving Cookies at Me! – eileenanddogs

Dog Whispering in the 21st Century – Dissecting Behavior.pdf

Stress and learning – Dissecting Behavior

Fear of Being Dominated by Dogs – Academy for Dog Trainers

Fearful Dogs’ Blog – Fearful Dogs

Fearfuldogs Blog – Positive help for fearful dogs

The Facts About Punishment.pdf – Susan Friedman, Ph.D. and Bobbi Brinker, Ohio, on Behaviorworks.org

Written Works – Learning and Behavior – BehaviorWorks.com – Professor Susan Friedman, Ph.D.

Is tired – Reactivechampion

Threshold Roulette or Choice – awesomedogs

Dogs Who Are Sensitive to Handling – ASPCA

Effectiveness Is Not Enough In Animal Training – So Much Petential!

Flooding and Learned Helplessness in horse training – what it is and how to recognise it – Clicker Happy Horse

Give Them Love – An Experimental Demonstration of Petting As a Reinforcer For Shelter Dogs – ORCA

Learned Helplessness – Responsible Dog – It’s all about dogs

Learned Helplessness in Horses – Thehorse

March Ask a Trainer – “Disobedience” – One Tail at a Time

The Carrot or the Stick – Decision-making in Dog Training – Your Pit Bull and You

What is the – Proper – Way to Hurt a Dog – Your Pit Bull and You

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How Do You Think About “Dominance”? Antiquated, Inaccurate, Invalid, Hurtful, Unnecessary, and Just Plain Wrong Wrong Wrong Uses of the Term


(Read about the appropriate definition on JoinRats: Submission, Dominance, Appeasement)


Critically important articles.

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Position Statement on the Use of Dominance Theory in Behavior Modification of Animals – American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior of Animal Behavior

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Dominance – Making Sense of the Nonsense – Roger Abrantes

Sue Ainsby – DOMINANCE and all that jazz …

Hypoxia-Induced Calm Still Legal Apparently – Jean Donaldson

Jean Donaldson – BEYOND CESAR MILLAN

The Weasel Files Part One – Jean Donaldson

The Weasel Files Part Two – Jean Donaldson

The Anti-Cesar Millan / Ian Dunbar’s been succeeding for 25 years with lure-reward dog training; how come he’s been usurped by the flashy, aggressive TV host?

Alternatives to Breaking Parrots: Reducing Aggression and Fear through Learning.pdf – Susan Friedman, Ph.D. Behaviorworks.org

Back In the Black: Rebuild a Bankrupt Relationship.pdf – Susan Friedman, Ph.D., Behaviorworks.org

He Said, She Said, Science Says.pdf – Susan Friedman, Ph.D.
“Does science have an answer to the current disagreement about empowerment vs. subordination?” Yes, it does.

The Struggle for Dominance: Fact or Fiction?.pdf – Susan Friedman, Ph.D. and Bobbi Brinker, Ohio

Aggressive Training Methods and Aggressive Dogs – Mary Hunter

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO “HMMM”.pdf – Steve Martin

Cesar Millan And Merial – Patricia McConnell

Dogs Dominance Whats A Person To Do? – Patricia McConnell

The Concept Formerly Described as “Dominance” – Patricia McConnell

The D Word And Social Relationships In Dogs – Patricia McConnell

Alpha status, dominance, and division of labor in wolf packs – David Mech

Alpha status, dominance, and division of labor in wolf packs – David Mech, 1999

YouTube: “Alpha” Wolf? – David Mech retracts the concept

Biscuits, Not Rolls – Pat Miller

How to Create a Reactive Human in 10 Minutes or Less – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

Thoughts on human and rat ethology – Ratbehavior.org

What is my rat doing – Should humans “flip and pee” a rat? – Ratbehavior.org

Forget about being Alpha in your Pack – Kathy Sdao

The Problem with Punishment – Victoria Stilwell

The Truth About Dominace – Victoria Stilwell

Dominance – Sophia Yin

Experts Say Dominance-Based Dog Training Techniques Made Popular By TV Can Contribute to Bites – Animal Behavior and Medicine Blog – Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM

How Consequences Affect Our Body, Brain, and Behavior – Sophia Yin Book Review

New Study Finds Popular “Alpha Dog” Training Techniques Can Cause More Harm than Good – Animal Behavior and Medicine Blog – Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM

The Dominance Controversy – Sophia Yin

A Whole Different View – The Crossover Trainer

Analyzing the Dog Whisperer’s Techniques Through the Eyes of Science-Based Theories – The Crossover Trainer

AVSAB Position Statement – “The Use of Punishment for Behavior Modification in Animals.pdf”

Canine Dominance Revisited – Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors

Critics Challenge ‘Dog Whisperer’ Methods

Dog Whispering in the 21st Century – Dissecting Behavior.pdf

Dominance and Dog Training – The Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Dominance In Dogs – Fact or Fiction? – Barry Eaton, 2011

Dominance in domestic dogs – useful construct or bad habit? – Bradshaw et al.

Evaluating Cesar Millan’s Dog Rehabilitation Methods – Say NO to coercion and say YES to rewards

Guest Post: Alpha vs. Dominance vs. Training Relationship – The Crossover Trainer

Is Your Dog Dominant? – ASPCA

Just another deluded cowboy? ‘The Kind and Natural Approach’

Reward vs Punishment – How should we train our dogs? – luckydogtraining.co.uk

Survey of the use and outcome of confrontational and non-confrontational training methods in client-owned dogs showing undesired behaviors – Herron, et al.

The relationship between training methods and the occurrence of behavior problems, as reported by owners, in a population of domestic dogs – Blackwell, et al.

The Rise and Fall of Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer

Using ‘dominance’ to explain dog behavior is old hat – Bio-Medicine

What are Some of the Common Myths About Dog Training? – The Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Why I Love Cesar Milan Fans – Dog Star Daily

Why Veterinary Behaviorists Can’t Stand Cesar Millan

Why Won’t Dominance Die – Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors



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OTHER TOPICS

Constructional Aggression Treatment

(Applies to Horses as Constructional Approach Treatment)

Treating Resource Guarding with CAT (video) – Mary Hunter, Stale Cheerios

YOUTUBE: Constructional Approach Training for Horses – Julie Lannen

YOUTUBE: Constructional Approach Training for Horses – Overcoming your horse’s fear, part 1

YouTube: Major playlist of CAT videos with horses

YouTube: Major set of CAT videos with horses

Aggression Treatment and Context.pdf – Ken Rameriz, Clicker Expo

Fearful to Friendly (F2f) – Constructional Fear Treatment for Domestic Cats

VIDEO SERIES: Fearful to Friendly F2F Constructional Fear Treatment for Cats – (Rosales-Ruiz, Renfro)

YOUTUBE: Constructional Aggression Treatment – Jesús Rosales-Ruiz & Kellie Snider

“My dog was abused and now he’s aggressive”

Can Positive Reinforcement Overcome Fear – An Investigation of Competing Contingencies

VIDEO SERIES: Constructional Aggression Treatment – C.A.T. For Dogs (Rosales-Ruiz, Snider)

YouTube, Part 1: How to Tame an Iguana Using C.A.T.

YouTube, Part 2: How to Tame an Iguana Using C.A.T. – Spot the Iguana 6 Months Later

YouTube: Constructional Aggression Treatment with Resource Guarding

YouTube: Constructional Approach Training for Horses

Horses

Horses, like rats, are prey animals. Flooding techniques, which are also used on pet rats (either deliberately or inadvertently) have been used on horses throughout the history of human ‘domination’ (in the sad sense of the term) over them, and are still used in most mainstream training methods today. Looking at flooding as it applies to horses easily translates to pet rats.

Clicker Stages & Getting Stuck – Elaine Elmer, on Equineclickertraining.com

Equine Clicker Training

Reflections on a Horse Clicker Training Clinic by Peggy Hogan – The Crossover Trainer

If you give a horse a cookie – Mary Hunter, Stale Cheerios

Step-By-Step TrainingGuide – The Clicker Center

A Problem with Parelli

Attitudes to let go of … when you Clicker Train Horses – Hippologic’s Horse Training

CAT for Horses – Natural Horse World

Flooding and Learned Helplessness in horse training – what it is and how to recognise it – Clicker Happy Horse

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Horse Charming – About Me

http://www.equinoxhorse.net/Articles.html

Just another deluded cowboy? ‘The Kind and Natural Approach’

Learned Helplessness in Horses – Thehorse

Oveshadowing, the most useful training tool you could learn this year! – ESI Education

POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT TRAINING: ADDING UP THE PLUSES AND THE MINUSES

POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT: WHERE DOES IT FIT IN EQUINE TRAINING?

Researchers urge rethink of ‘Monty Roberts’ horse training method

Rethink urged of Monty Roberts’ training methods

Science Proves Round Pen Methods a Joke – Writing of Riding

Science takes on the man who listens to horses

Sliced Or Whole – Click for Balance

Training with REWARDS is SO much more than ‘Clicker Training’ – Equi-libre Horses

Hodgepodge (Not Sorted)

Is “Territorial Aggression” a Useful Term – Patricia McConnell

When to Intervene in Dog-Dog Interactions – Patricia McConnell

Pat Miller Seminar: Two Ways of Treating Aggression (and Reactivity) – Reactivechampion

Should You Use No Reward Markers – Examining the Debate – Karen Pryor Clicker Training

A Genetic Analysis of Aggressive Behavior

Animal behavior and training – The Unexamined Dog

Animal Behaviour Matters

Articles by APBC Members – Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors

Behavior.org – Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies

Choosing The Carrot – Reward Based Training – Your Pit Bull and You

Circadian disruption induced by light-at-night accelerates aging and promotes tumorigenesis in rats – AGING Journal

Dog Training Services – Ruff Customers Dog Training & Behavior Consulting

DRI – The Dog Trainer’s Friend – Your Pit Bull and You

Ethology Institute Cambridge – Volution, Ethology and Animal Learning

Home – ABC Animal Training

Home – ASPCA Professional

http://www.acnp.org/Docs/G5/c118_1699-1708.pdf

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K9 Consultant

Legacy Canine – Dog Training – Did you Know

Legacy Canine – Dog Training – Home

Markandreward.com

Matmor.com – Rats

Matmor.com – References for Rat Aggression

Matmor.com – Smell and Aggression

Matmor.com – The Effect of Light on Rats

ORCA – The Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals

Publications – ORCA – The Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals

Reasons – schlaumaeuses jimdo page!

Rehabilitation – the missing link to successful behaviour modification – Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors

Sue Eh’s Rules of Training

Suzanne Clothier – Relationship Centered Dog Training

The 3 Ds – Distraction, Distance and Duration – Your Pit Bull and You

The Animal Behavior Management Alliance – The ABMA

The Animal Mind Reader – Summer 2013 – Washington State Magazine

The APBC – Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors

The Science Dog – By Linda P. Case

Training – Your Pit Bull and You

Use training to eliminate dog aggression – Dog’s Best Life

Virtual Pet Behaviorist – ASPCA

Welcome – Association of Animal Behavior Professionals

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