2018 Conference Program

Join us for two full days 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.

Program Overview

Saturday, March 24. On Saturday morning, we’ll talk about the past and future of animal training – how shaping was discovered originally and how animal training is continuing to evolve. In the afternoon, we’ll examine how to build precise behaviors by analyzing and understanding movement.

Sunday, March 25. We’ll spend Sunday morning talking about reinforcers and conditioned reinforcers. Then in the afternoon, we will discuss different problem-solving strategies that can be used when working with clients.

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.

Daily Schedule

Time Friday, March 23
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, March 24
9:00-9:10 Welcome and announcements
9:10-10:40 Dr. Julie Vargas
B. F. Skinner’s discovery of the operant and of shaping
10:40-11:00 Morning break
11:00-12:30 Short talks: The future is now

Part 1: Barbara Heidenreich
Free flight without weight management: Taking on tradition (description)

Part 2: Dr. Joe Layng
AI, machine learning, and animal training

Part 3: Q&A: The future of animal training

12:30-2:00 Lunch
2:00-2:20 Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz
How movement cycles can improve your shaping
2:20-3:30 Hannah Branigan
Movement under the microscope
3:30-3:50 Afternoon break
3:50-5:00 Alexandra Kurland
Who owns the process?
6:30-8:00 Banquet dinner
Presentation of the 2018 Anderson Award
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, March 25
9:00-10:50 Short talks: Reinforcers and conditioned reinforcers

Part 1: Emily Larlham
Using multiple markers to prevent mixed messages

Part 2: Bob Bailey
The Keep on Going Signal: A tutorial

Part 3: Alexandra Kurland
Getting more bang for your buck

Part 4: Ken Ramirez
No Reinforcement Markers (NRMs): Science & practice

10:50-11:10 Morning break

Steve White
Keep Going Signals: What you need to know before you even consider using them

12:30-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:20 Barbara Heidenreich
Exotic solutions to exotic animal behavior problems

3:20-3:40 Afternoon Break
3:40-5:00 Ken Ramirez
Problem solving: The eight causes of problem behavior