Bob Bailey Down Under Tour 2017

By January 7, 2017
April 7, 2017 9:00 am - April 9, 2017 4:30 pm Friends of Manningham Cats & Dogs 53-55 Aranga Crescent, Donvale 3111

I describe myself as a behavioral-systems analyst and engineer, small-businessman, field biologist, animal trainer, and teacher, not necessarily in that order.

My early years in the 1940s were spent trekking the Southern California desert collecting and studying animals. At UCLA (B.S. Biology and Chemistry) in the 1950s, I was a teaching and research assistant, studying animals in the Southwestern USA and Mexico, SCUBA diving for California Fish and Game, and surfing the California beaches.

My behavior conditioning (training) experience at UCLA included crows, coyotes, and kangaroo rats in the wild, and captive cephalopods, amphibians, fishes, and reptiles. 

After the US Army, I was a biochemist, (UCLA School of Medicine), and a Field Biologist (California Department of Fish and Game). I then became the US Navy Marine Mammal Program’s first Director of Training at Pt. Mugu, California, and conducted the Navy’s first open-ocean program.

In 1965 I joined Animal Behavior Enterprises (ABE), in Hot Springs, Arkansas. In 1943, Keller and Marian Breland founded ABE as the first commercial enterprises using B.F. Skinner’s then newly described operant conditioning. Keller Breland died in 1965. In 1968, I became ABE’s General Manager and Chief Operating Officer.

ABE’s business was worldwide in scope, and I directed the activities of 50 full-time and 50 part-time employees. Marian Breland and I married in 1976. ABE was at the forefront of developing and employing various behavioral and hardware technologies when training animals and teaching animal trainers for commerce, zoological parks, the military and police, and other governmental agencies. ABE produced animal shows for major theme parks, created TV commercials (Buck Bunny, the banking rabbit is the longest running animal commercial in USA), and trained animals for theatrical productions.  ABE personnel trained over 140 species and more than 15,000 individual animals.

ABE continued operations until 1990, when we closed our doors. Marian and I continued to teach. Marian died in 2001. I have continued to teach and consult for companies and government agencies worldwide. I was awarded the Doctor of Science Degree (Sc.D. with full academic rank, equivalent to Ph.D.) from the University of Central Arkansas in 2013 for my work in physics, chemistry, biology and psychology, and for my research and development of training programs and hardware for biological systems.

Friday 7th April: 9:00am to 4:30pm

The Principles and Procedures of Animal Training

  • Introduction to the Matching Law Basic Principles

The Biology Behind The Principles

Mother Nature has been “training” animals for billions of years. Why are reinforcement and punishment such effective mechanisms for changing behavior?

Q&A Time

Trainer and Animal Demonstration

  • There will be practical sessions throughout the day where Bob will guide a trainer/handler and animal through the training session

Saturday 8th April – 9:00am to 4:30pm

Teaching Animal Training

  • Is teaching trainers much different from training animals?
  • Think! Plan! Do! More on Matching Law

Effective Training

  • Trained behavior is a product!
  • The Matching Law revisited and applied

Q&A

Trainer and Animal Demonstration

  • There will be practical sessions throughout the day where Bob will guide a trainer/handler and animal through the training session

Sunday 9th April – 9:00am to 4:00pm

History of Animal Training

  • How did we get to where we are, and why did it take us so long?

Effective Training Continued

  • Putting it all together, allocation of resources
  • Using data to judge, progress and plan for the future

Q&A

Trainer and Animal Demonstration

  • There will be practical sessions throughout the day where Bob will guide a trainer/handler and animal through teaching a new behaviour

Morning and afternoon tea will be provided on all 3 days.

Please note that the theory and practical components remain subject to change.

 

Bob Bailey Down Under Tour 2017 

QLD: 25th – 27th March 2017

Valerie E: activitydogs@gmail.com P: 0407128232

Cathy E: cathy@agilityclick.com P: 0448815135

http://www.agilityclick.com/bob-bailey-down-under-qld

NSW: 31st March – 2nd April 2017

Margaret E: jigsawdogs@bigpond.com P: 0403676047

VIC: 7th – 9th April 2017

Tammie E: info@chewsaustralia.com.au P: 0412256655

New Zealand: 14th – 16th April 2017

Karen E: karen@learningaboutdogs.co.nz P: 021 655 054

www.learningaboutdogs.co.nz/bob-bailey-april-2017

SA: 21st – 22nd April

Petra E: petra@petraedwards.com P: 0439471440