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Five Ways to Protect Your Behavior Consulting Business


Are you thinking of opening your own business as a behavior consultant? Maybe you already have, or you are working as an independent contractor? Being your own boss has a lot of advantages, but there is heavy responsibility as well. Owning your own business is risky, but there are some things you can do to manage the risk….

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Secondary Reinforcers and Marker Training


Secondary reinforcers and the use of a clicker as a secondary reinforcer have come up several times recently in our online discussions. I don’t know where all the hubbub Is coming from, but I thought I’d take this opportunity to discuss it….

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Documentation Made Easy!


I am sure you did not become an animal behavior consultant to spend hours writing behavior plans and other reports.  However, for most of us, it is part of what we do and, I think, a necessary part of our work. It helps us stay focused and track progress. What if I told you there is an easier way to get your documentation done while with your clients so there is no need to spend hours after you work with them….

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Why Animals Need Trainers Who Adhere to the Least Intrusive Principle: Improving Animal Welfare and Honing Trainers’ Skills


A typical debate about negative reinforcement is something like a train wreck — you don’t want to stare but you can’t look away. Some trainers argue negative reinforcement has a place in animal training; others say it does not. With some recent interest in the animal training community in the basic research on negative reinforcement, it’s a good time to check our understanding of why…

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