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Webinar: Audit Only, Learning Theory 101:Introduction to How Animals Learn, with Kristina Spaulding, PhD, CAAB (CEU=5)

When most people think of learning, they think of intentional learning, such as taking a class or teaching a dog to sit. However, it’s so much more than that. Everything dogs (and humans) do is affected by learning. This includes unhealthy or maladaptive behavior such as aggression and anxiety as well as simple, everyday behavior such as walking on leash, playing and interacting with people. In addition, learning is affected by everything dogs do and experience. Things like stress and trauma, as well as enjoyable experiences, all impact how dogs learn. This course will cover the basics of classical and instrumental learning and how to apply those principles to working directly with dogs (and people).

Level of Knowledge: Prior to attending this course, it is assumed all attendees are:

  1. Unfamiliar with, unable to define, and/or do not know how or when to apply:
  • Classical conditioning and instrumental conditioning
  • Emotional conditioning
  • Reinforcement and punishment
  • R+, R-, P+, P-
  • US, CS, UR, CR
  • Pattern and rate of learning
  • Flooding, systematic desensitization, exposure therapy, and counter conditioning
  • ABC Sequence
Learning Outcomes: After attending this course, attendees can expect to:

  1. Define learning and explain how it is influenced by biological and environmental factors
  2. Define, recognize, and apply various components of classical conditioning, including but not limited to conditioned and unconditioned stimuli and responses, flooding, systematic desensitization, and counter conditioning
  3. Define, recognize, and apply various concepts of instrumental conditioning including but not limited to positive/negative reinforcement/punishment, reward, pattern and rate of learning, and ABC Sequence
  4. Define and differentiate between classical conditioning and instrumental conditioning
  5. Define emotion, explain how it is produced, and identify its influence on memory encoding and recall
  6. Assess flooding, exposure therapy, desensitization and counter conditioning and the proper application of each
Kristina Spaulding PhD, CAAB owns Smart Dog Training and Behavior LLC and specializes in the prevention and treatment of behavior problems in dogs. Kristina has a PhD in Biopsychology, studying the social cognition, evolution and behavior of dogs. She regularly sees private training clients and also oversees a variety of family dog training classes. In addition, she has taught Learning for APDT for several years, is a member of the APDT Education Committee, the APDT Foundation and the Fear Free Advisory Group. She also offers online seminars on current dog behavior research.

If you need CEUS  for CCPDT or IABBC you must e-mail a copy of your certificate of completion and your CCPDT certificate number to 
No refunds will be issued after purchase is made.