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.
Our unique format will allow you to explore these topics in a way much different from the “typical” conference experience. In addition to the presentations, we will have several panel discussions throughout the weekend. This will include opportunities for our speakers to discuss the presentations with each other and for you to ask questions about the presentations.
|Friday, February 21
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.
|Saturday, February 22
|Welcome and announcements
|Dr. Philip Hineline (Keynote speaker)
What the textbooks don’t tell you about negative reinforcement (abstract)
|Dr. Joe Layng
Coercion without aversive stimuli (abstract)
Panel discussion – With Dr. Philip Hineline, Dr. Joe Layng, and Alexandra Kurland
Epic fails! How I learned to stop worrying and love to bomb (abstract)
|Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz
Panel discussion – With Steve White, Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz, and Barbara Heidenreich
Presentation of the 2020 Anderson Award
|Evening Conversations – Hotel Lobby
Join us on the second floor of the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn for conversations and discussions. Catch up with old friends and make new friends while chatting about training and discussing the day’s talks.
|Sunday, February 23
Adduction: Combining cues conceptually (abstract)
Panel discussion – With Ken Ramirez, Mary Hunter, and Hannah Branigan
|Al Kordowski and Dr. April Becker
What cooperative hunting with Harris’s Hawks can reveal about principles of social interaction, patterns of coordination, and group behavior training (abstract)
|Afternoon Break 1
Combining the Behavior of Two or More Dogs (abstract)
|Afternoon Break 2
|Panel discussion – With all speakers