An Afternoon With: Kathy Sdao, M.A. and Dr. Susan Friedman, PhD

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Kathy Sdao, M.A.  has been passionate about animal training ever since she quit a good job to move halfway around the world to train dolphins at the Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Laboratory at the University of Hawaii.

Now, 30 years later, she offers her expertise as an applied animal behaviorist to dog owners in Washington State and across the world, to seminar and webinar audiences and to professional training organizations. Kathy has taught approximately 250 seminars, workshops, conferences and webinars.

We are thrilled to hear Kathy speak in depth about her world-renowned book Plenty in Life is Free. In this seminar Kathy will dive into questions such as: What if the secret to great dog training is to be a frequent “feeder” rather than a strong leader? A skilled reinforcer rather than a strict enforcer?

Over the past two decades, countless dog trainers across the world have embraced the liberal use of positive reinforcement. Often accompanying this trend, however, is an underlying emphasis, inherited from more coercive models of dog training, that each human in the family must be the dog’s leader. But adopting the role of leader using what is known as the “Nothing in Life is Free” training protocol can result in stifling rules that constrain a person’s ability to share affection and attention with their dogs. This focus on human leadership puts the burden on dogs to “earn” their rewards rather than placing the primary responsibility on the humans to be generous, precise, creative “feeders” (i.e., reinforcers).

Dr. Susan Friedman is a psychology professor emeritus at Utah State University who has pioneered the application of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to captive and companion animals. ABA, with its roots in human learning, offers a scientifically sound teaching technology and ethical standard that can improve the lives of all learners. Dr. Friedman will discuss The Learning Planet.

Of all the many wonders of planet Earth, perhaps the most wondrous of all is the flexibility of all its life forms. The focus of this presentation is the extent to which earth’s inhabitants change their behavior based on experience, specifically consequences. This makes the blue planet truly the Learning Planet, a label that applies not only to animal behavior, but also genes, neurons, and even plant species.

The fee for this two-part seminar is $149. We hope you’ll join us for an afternoon of inspiration and education.

This event has been approved for 3.75 CEU’s through IAABC, 1 CEU for CPDT-KA, 3 for CBCC-KA, and KPA is pending.



December 04 2019


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An Afternoon With: Kathy Sdao, M.A. and Dr. Susan Friedman, PhD$149.00

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Date: December 4
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cost: $149
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