Tawzer Dog | Thinking Positively: Practicing positive reinforcement and operant methods

Thinking Positively: Practicing positive reinforcement and operant methods to teach our dogs performance and welfare

Video Description:

Nicole Larocco-Skeehan teaches handlers and their dogs to work through frustration and build problem solving skills and creativity by utilizing operant conditioning and behavior shaping.  This lecture includes problem solving demonstrations with the presenter's dogs, explanation of the concepts of operant conditioning and shaping, and working sessions with participant dogs. 

Presentation by: Nicole Larocco-Skeehan, CPDT

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Presenter Bios:

Nicole's professional animal training career began in college, teaching equestrian and horseback riding lessons. After graduating from college in Pittsburgh she worked at a dog training academy as head trainer and obedience instructor, where she earned her CPDT (Certified Professional Dog Trainer) title. In 2005, Nicole began working in the world of Animal Sheltering , and moved to Philadelphia in 2008 when the Pennsylvania SPCA recruited her for the position of Director of Animal Behavior and Training. In this role, Nicole built a program to enrich the lives of the animals during their stay in the shelter, and to educate the public in an effort to find permanent homes for shelter animals. At the Pennsylvania SPCA, Nicole gained extensive experience working with the most vulnerable populations of animals including those affected by extreme cruelty and neglect. Nicole's specialty in this role was retraining and rehabilitating fighting pit bulls and helping them to acclimate to life as family companions. Nicole currently owns and operates her own dog training business, Philly Unleashed, which provides group and private training to the citizens of Philadelphia. Nicole's efforts have been documented on television shows including Animal Cops: Philadelphia; Animal Planet's: Dogfighting Exposed; and on local television and radio programming. Nicole resides in Philadelphia with her two rescued dogs; an Australian Cattle Dog mix named Uluru and a Border Collie mix named Porterhouse who compete in the sports of obedience and agility. Nicole Larocco, CPDT-KA began her training career in college, instructing dog obedience and children’s equestrian camps. After college, Nicole began working in the world of animal sheltering and moved to Philadelphia in 2008 when the Pennsylvania SPCA recruited her for the position of Director of Animal Behavior and Training. Nicole's specialty in this role was retraining and rehabilitating fighting pit bulls and helping them to acclimate to life as family companions. Nicole's efforts have been documented on television shows including Animal Cops: Philadelphia; Animal Planet's: Dogfighting Exposed; and on local television and radio programming. Nicole currently owns and operates her own dog training business, Philly Unleashed, which provides group and private training to the Philadelphia area and works as the Director of Behavior Programming for New Leash On Life-USA, a new generation prison dogtraining program that saves the lives of shelter dogs by training and socializing them to enhance their adoptability while helping inmates learn to train and care for dogs. Nicole also sits on the Board of Directors for the Certification Counsel for Professional Dog Trainers; the international testing and certification resource for animal training and behavior professionals. Nicole resides in Philadelphia with her fiancé and their two rescued dogs; an Australian Cattle Dog mix named Uluru and a Border Collie mix named Porterhouse. Both dogs compete in the sports of obedience, rally, and agility. 

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This video qualifies for 0.5 trainer CEUs