Join us for two action-packed days full of educational lectures, thought-provoking question and answer sessions, and many opportunities to meet like-minded trainers and talk all about animal behavior and training.
Saturday, February 20. We’ll be talking all about shaping. Presentations will address theoretical issues, practical strategies, and fascinating case studies.
On Sunday, February 21. We’ll discuss the welfare and well-being of our animals. We will examine concepts and tools to help us understand the needs of individual animals and help us design optimal human-animal interactions.
Our unique format will allow you to explore these topics in a way much different from the “typical” conference experience. Each presentation will be followed by a short discussion period for the other speakers to ask questions and discuss the topic with the presenter. This will be followed by a question and answer period where the audience will be able to ask additional questions.
|Time||Friday, February 19|
|5:00-6:30||Opening reception – The Crosswinds Room
Join us for conversations and refreshments as we kick off the conference weekend! You’ll get to meet our speakers, talk with other attendees, and see research posters from the ORCA graduate students. A cash bar and light refreshments will be available.
|Time||Saturday, February 20|
|9:00-9:10||Welcome and announcements|
|9:10-10:40||Dr. Iver Iversen
Selection and creation processes involved in shaping of novel behavior: Method and theory
|11:00-12:30||An exploration of shaping concepts & techniques|
The training triad: Taking training to the power of three
|After dinner||Evening Conversations – The Crosswinds Room
Join us in the Crosswinds Room for conversations and discussions. Catch up with old friends and make new friends while chatting about training and discussing the day’s talks.
|Time||Sunday, February 21|
|9:00-10:20||Dr. Joe Layng
A comparative behavior analysis of emotions in humans and animals
“Feel” – Art or science?
|1:30-2:50||Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz
Constructional interactions between humans and other animals
Conservation connection: Training to save wildlife
Learning to bond: The successful reintroduction of a beluga whale calf
Our speakers will share their final thoughts for the weekend and we’ll have one last opportunity for audience members to ask questions