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The Science & Practice of Behavior Change 

In this seminar, Susan shows how animals learn, and how to humanely encourage appropriate behavior 

using the scientific principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, which are so effective with human learners. 

Susan has been a pioneer in applying these principles to animals.

They rely on a hierarchy of teaching interventions starting with the most positive, least intrusive,

effective behavior solutions, changing behavior through facilitation rather than force. 

The focus is on an animals' extraordinary biologic capacity to learn by interacting with its environment. 

This seminar teaches that by changing the environment for success, animals learn to behave successfully.

 Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (1 hour lunch break) 




1. Understanding & Misunderstanding how Behavior Works

2. Significance of Science to Behavior Consulting

  • Value of Scientific Method

  • Levels of Analysis & Obstacles to scientific analysis

  • Working Definitions-Operationally Defined 

3. Two Learning Paradigms: Respondent (S-S-R) & Operant (S-R-S) Learning

4. Understanding & Predicting Behavior

  • Smallest Meaningful Unit of Analysis

  • Functional Assessment

  • Steps for ABC Assessment

  • Replacement Behavior & New Skills Model

  • Functional Analysis

5. Commitment to Ethical Practice

  • Hippocratic Oath: Help vs. Harm

  • Insufficient Criterion: Effectiveness

  • Least Intrusive Effective Alternative

  • Case for Empowerment

  • Procedural Hierarchy

  • Empowerment via Enrichment

  • Best Practices: Controlling Conditions not Animals


 Sunday: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (1 hour lunch break) 



1. Changing Behavior-Respondent Strategies

  • Fear -Exposure Therapies: Flooding, Systematic desensitization, Counter Conditioning, Combination procedures 

2. Changing Behavior-Operant Strategies

  • Antecedents : Nature’s Signals

  • Consequences: Natures Feedback Loop

  • Considerations for Effective Reinforcement

  • Shaping, Targeting, Adding a Cue, Chaining

3. Decreasing Behavior 

  • It’s Definitional; Redirecting;  P+ vs. R-;  Factors Affecting Punishment;   Problems with Punishment;  Five Alternatives to Positive Punishment

4. Course Wrap Up

  • Big Picture Summary

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Living & Learning with Animals



June 10-11, 2017

Springfield, VA

(D.C. Area)



Dr. Susan Friedman



Kissable Canine LLC

Co-Hosted by

Animals for Adoption





13/both days



Early Bird:


$169/both days

After May 19th:


$189/both days

Group Rate:




 Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D. 


Dr. Friedman is a professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University. She has helped pioneer the cross-species application of behavior analysis to animals, using the same humane philosophy and scientifically sound teaching technology that has been so effective with human learners.


Susan has co-authored chapters on behavior change in four veterinary texts, and her popular articles have been translated into 13 languages. She gives seminars on animal learning at conferences and consults with zoos around the world. Susan  is a member of Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expo faculty, and teaches yearly hands-on animal training workshops with Steve Martin (


Susan was appointed to the F&WS Condor Recovery Team from 2002 – 2010, after which time the team was retired due to the success of the birds in the wild. She is the Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Committee of American Humane Association (AHA) Film and TV Unit, and a member in good standing of ABAI, AZA, ABMA, IAABC and IAATE. This year she was included on the Vet Tech College’s list of “15 Animal Professors to Know.”


Susan’s acclaimed on-line course, Living and Learning with Animals for behavior professionals, has provided even wider dissemination of effective, humane behavior change practices to students in over 30 countries (

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 Springfield, VA (D.C. Area) 

Veterinary Holistic Center 
7950 Woodruff Court  - 
Unit 1

Springfield, VA 22151 
(click here for map

Local drive times:

10 min. from Fairfax; 35 min. from Arlington, DC & Silver Spring, 1 hr. from Baltimore.

Just a short distance from Exit 54 of the Capital Beltway. Take Braddock Rd /Rte. 620 Exit (Exit 54 A or B).

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Early Bird Rates:  $85 per person per day and $169 per person for both days.

Regular Rates (After May 19): $95 per person per day and $189 per person for both days


Group Rates of 3 or More: $139 per person for both days. 

Click the below button for Group Reservations.


All deposits fully refunded, at any time, in case a person needs to cancel a reservation for any reason. There is never a cancellation fee. 


Please make checks payable to:

Petworkshops, LLC / Puppyworks

P.O. Box 938

New Paltz, NY 12561


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Early Bird Ends

May 19, 2017






Due to space limitations, we will not be permitterd to have dogs in the meeting room (other than service dogs, of course.)


CONDUCT: During the lectures, please turn off all cell phone and pager audio alerts. Please take all private conversations outside while the speakers are presenting.

BABIES: The presence of a baby is likely to be distracting to other participants, so we ask that you refrain from bringing any babies or very young children into the lecture hall.

VIDEOTAPING: No videotaping or audiotaping is permitted. A selection of videotapes and books will be available for sale.


SHOPPING: A selection of books and videos will be available for sale.

PARKING: There should be ample parking at the seminar location.


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Hotel rates are seasonal and may increase the closer you get to the dates of your stay there. The rates below were quoted in late 2016. 


 Springfield, Va (D.C. Area) 

Hilton Springfield

6550 Loisdale Road 

Springfield VA 22150 (703-971-8900 $103+


Homewood Suites by Hilton Springfield, VA

7010 Old Keene Mill Road

Springfield, VA 22150   (703) 866-6045  $169+


TownPlace Suites Marriott Springfield

6245 Brandon Ave.

Springfield, VA 22150  (703) 569-8060  $104+


Courtyard Marriott Springfield

6710 Commerce St.

Springfield, VA 22150  (703) 924-7200  $102+

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