Are We Silently Suppressing "Opt Outs"?
I am an IAABC Certified Dog Behavior Consultant. I began my professional career training horses over 15 years ago. In recent years my focus has been to translate the long-standing learner-centered behavior intervention strategies that are the standard of care in the human industries of behavioral health, to animal training. This involved developing creative strategies based on scientific principles to expand two-way communication systems to increase the choice options beyond the binary of yes and no. Developing techniques to provide animals with the tools and skills necessary to convey preferential information which enables me to negotiate more efficient, effective, and enjoyable learning experiences. This approach has helped me to learn more about the animals I work with as individuals and to engage them not just as cooperative, but as collaborative partners in training and behavior modification.