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Clicker Dogs and Owners Respond to September 11

From Bob Sessions, Thunder, and Sky: Karen, I must thank you again for the training foundation skills you share so generously. I am with Maryland Task Force 1, one of the FEMA Task Forces. I was on the first recon team to enter the Pentagon on 9/11.

Praise for Clicker Training—and Steve Benjamin

Here's a recent e-mail from a student sharing his enthusiasm about a class with KPA faculty member Steve Benjamin, and about clicker training in general.

Monkey Business: Natural and Learned Behavior in Capuchins

What's more fun than a barrel of monkeys? TRAINING a barrel of monkeys!

Congratulations to the Canis Film Festival Winners!

Laura VanArendonk Baugh won Grand Prize at the first-ever Canis Film Festival, a contest designed to showcase innovative animal-training videos. This unique festival focuses on short films of seven minutes or fewer that educate animal owners and professionals about the power of training based on the science of operant conditioning. 

The Nurse Trap: Operant Conditioning for Hospital Staff

I am a hospital volunteer. One day I arrived and was told immediately that the patient in 4B was giving candy to anyone who came into her room. Well, you can imagine the rapid response she got when her bell rang. Indeed, staff and volunteers began to offer behavior by sticking our heads in just to see if she needed anything. Since that day, I have called it a "nurse trap."