October 7-9 2016
Each day doors open to attendees at 8am. Speakers begin promptly at 9am. Daily speakers finish at 5pm and the doors close at 6pm.
No Animals Allowed, except those brought by the speakers!
You must register to attend this event! We look forward to having you!
Saturday October 3th Schedule
Dr. Karen Becker
Dr. Patricia Anderson
Dr. Deb Jones
Round table discussion
Sunday October 4th Schedule
Dr. Patricia Anderson
Dr. Verner Bingman
Round table discussion
Lara is the owner of The Animal Behavior Center, LLC in Ohio. She presents workshops, travels, lectures, gives regular webinars, and consults focusing on positive reinforcement interactions and modifying behavior through applications in behavior analysis. She is also the Director of Training for a wildlife rehabilitation center where she focuses on taking stress out of animal environments. She is the founder of The Parrot Society of NW Ohio brining focus to parrot owners on behavior concerns, approaches in training, and the importance of enrichment. Lara is a professional member of The Animal Behavior Management Alliance, The International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators, and sits on the Advisory Board for The Indonesian Parrot Project. She has also sat on the board for Nature’s Nursery, a wildlife rehabilitation center. She writes for The American Federation of Aviculture, The Pet Professional Guild, Deaf Dogs Rock, My Safe Bird Store, and more. Lara has presented for a wide variety of animal care organizations such as The Philadelphia Zoo, The Ohio State Exotic Veterinary Club, The Association of Avian Veterinarians, The University of Findlay’s Pre-Vet Club, The Parrot Lover’s Cruise, and The Wheaton College division of Applied Behavior Analysis. For more information visit her website at TheAnimalBehaviorCenter.com.
Living, Training and Modifying Behavior of Multiple Animals and Multiple Species – Talk Saturday Oct. 3
Many of us, whether working in zoos, living at home, operating a shelter or other animal facility are interacting with more than one animal at a time. Most homes consist of more than one animal as a pet and often times numerous different species. Many zoos and other shelters have separate areas for different species but with many in each area. This talk will go into detail on our approach in working, training, and modifying behavior of more than one animal at a time. Many people find it difficult to work on a behavior issue with one animal while another may be a cause to the behavior or developing a behavior issue due to the other animal. In this presentation I will share many different scenarios and our approaches using Applied Behavior Analysis with multiple animals and multiple behavior issues at one time. Training plans and observing potential behavior concerns are a priority here at the center for education and safety and will be shared with the audience. This presentation will be filled with video examples and Lara will give ‘live’ training demonstrations.
Identifying Reinforcers & Creating Motivation – Talk on Sunday Oct. 4
So how do you get a bird to do something you need it to do but it doesn’t necessarily want to do? Are behavior concerns beginning to sky-rocket? Not sure where to begin training with a shelter bird, educational ambassador, or the bird you’ve been living with for year? Can’t train an old bird new tricks…..sure you can. In this presentation Lara will go in-depth on her steps in identifying reinforcers, defining reinforcement, and creating motivation with the array of birds she has trained for her center, for other facilities, and to help people modify behavior concerns in their home. Reinforcers are all around us on a daily basis and can change minute by minute. The misuse or inability to be able to quickly identify a potential reinforcer is the underlying reason behind behavior issues. Come listen and watch as she shows ‘live’ examples in the audience, interacts with the audience, and animals she will be training during her presentation. Positive reinforcers are not always food. I rely on food only a fraction of the time because food is not always on us to be able to deliver. Creating motivation does not mean pulling the food dish. Let us show you how we create motivation, identify reinforcers, and get behaviors from the birds that we need with their eagerness to want to give us these behaviors. Lara uses this approach on all animals, not just birds. Let this presentation show you how to work with the birds in your care, your dog, your spouse.
Dr. Deb Jones
Deborah Jones, Ph.D. is a psychologist who specializes in learning theory and social behavior. She has taught a variety of psychology courses at Kent State University over the past 18 years. Deb has been training dogs for performance events for the past 23 years. Deb was an early innovator in the use of clicker training techniques in dog training. She has owned and worked with a variety of breeds and has earned top level titles in agility (MACH), rally (RAE), and obedience (UD) competitions. Her focus is on developing training methods that are enjoyable and effective for both the dog and the trainer. Her mission is to help others develop strong positive relationships with their dogs. Her favorite saying is “it’s all tricks!”
In 2004 Deb developed the FOCUS training system, along with agility trainer and World Team member Judy Keller. FOCUS stands for Fun, Obedience & Consistency lead to Unbelievable Success. They first applied FOCUS training to agility dogs, but quickly realized its usefulness for all dog sports. Their latest work is “The Focused Puppy” which lays out a strong and systematic foundation for all future training. Deb is currently teaching online classes at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy www.fenzidogsportsacademy.com and working on a series of books with Denise Fenzi titled “Dog Sport Skills”. The third book in the series “Play” is due to be published summer 2015.
Tricks for Mental & Physical Well-Being – Talk Saturday Oct. 3
Animals have much more complex cognitive abilities than most people imagine. They can process information in amazingly sophisticated ways. Pet animals of all species are BORED! They don’t have anything to offer them mental challenges on a day to day basis. Bored animals are destructive. Bored animals may become anxious and nervous. Working together on trick training greatly improves your relationship with your animal. Deb will discuss positive reinforcement, primary reinforcers, the importance in the use of a marker, and so much more. She will also discuss the foundation skills to build tricks defining shaping, hand targeting, luring, spin tricks, down tricks, front and back foot tricks, head tricks and more. Deb Jones is well respected and internationally known for her work in training dogs and is the co-author of three books on Dog Sport Skills. Watch her work during this presentation with her well-known border collie, Zen.
Dr. Karen Becker
Karen Shaw Becker received her degree in veterinary medicine from the Iowa State School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Becker completed exotic animal internships in California and at the Berlin Zoo, Germany, and is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and Homeopathy. Dr. Becker was the founder of Natural Pet Animal Hospital, Feathers Bird Clinic and TheraPaw Rehabilitation and Pain Management Clinic, in Illinois. She is also licensed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to rehabilitate injured and orphaned endangered species through her non-profit organization, Covenant Wildlife.
As a proactive wellness veterinarian, Dr. Becker frequently lectures and writes about species appropriate nutrition, maintaining a balanced immune system and a resilient frame (her “Three Pillars of Health”). She has co-authored the Whole Dog Journal’s Best Homemade Diet Book of All Time award, “Real Food for Healthy Pets.” She has appeared on the hit show, Animal Planet, and is deeply honored to be named one of Chicago’s Top Ten Vets, according to Chicago Magazine. Dr. Becker is also the veterinary consultant for Mercola Healthy Pets, the largest pet wellness website on the internet.
She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association; American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association; Association of Avian Veterinarians; Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians; Association of Wildlife Veterinarians; International Veterinary Acupuncture Society; American Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists; Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy; National Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Association; International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care; International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management; American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.
Raw Whole Food Nutrition – Talk on Sunday Oct. 3
“Karen Becker, DVM and Jason Crean, MA, MS will present a talk on Raw Whole Food Nutrition that will serve as a comprehensive guide to selecting and including many whole foods in animal diets. Though avian diets will be a focus, other commonly kept species will be discussed as far as considering the raw items that are so important to your animals’ vitality.
The importance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins will be presented as well as dispelling common myths about feeding that have led to some serious health concerns. Also addressed will be the synergy of compounds found together in raw, whole foods as well as the degradation of nutrients from processing. Anyone can benefit from this lecture as it addresses the truth behind some of the most common questions when it comes to feeding a truly healthy diet to your pets.”
Jason Crean, MA, MS is a degreed biologist, currently pursuing his doctorate, and an avid aviculturist, specializing in the propagation of green aracaris and white-backed mousebirds, President of The Avicultural Society of Chicagoland, Mid-eastern Regional Director and Education Committee Chair for the American Federation of Aviculture, and moderates the Holistic Bird Care and Avian Raw, Whole Food Nutrition groups on Facebook. Crean often speaks to avicultural groups across the country and acts as consultant to zoos and other institutions, including the Chicago Nature Museum and Wildlife Genetics lab at Loyola Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He also runs a live animal education program that does free interactive programs for a host of different audiences as he believes education is the most important factor in keeping aviculture thriving. Crean is also a biology instructor at the high school and university level. He is also a curriculum designer and instructor in the Education Department at the Chicago Zoological Society where he teaches others about many different species, especially birds, and continues to share this work within AFA’s educational programs. Crean has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching by President Obama in 2009, the 2010 High School Science Teacher of the Year by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as awards from the National Science Teachers Association, the National Association of Biology Teachers, and the Illinois Science Teachers Association, among others. He has authored several curricula, including the award-winning “Zoo Genetics” curriculum (www.xy-zoo.com<http://www.xy-zoo.com>). He was also recently awarded the “Teacher of Distinction” award by the Golden Apple Foundation. He serves as President-elect for the Illinois Science Teachers Association, Vice-President for the Illinois Association of Biology Teachers, and sits on the Board for the Association of Presidential Awardees in Science Teaching and the National Science Advisory Panel on the national College Board.
Raw Whole Food Nutrition – Talk on Saturday Oct. 3
“Karen Becker, DVM and Jason Crean, MA, MS will present a talk on Raw Whole Food Nutrition that will serve as a comprehensive guide to selecting and including many whole foods in animal diets. Though avian diets will be a focus, other commonly kept species will be discussed as far as considering the raw items that are so important to your animals’ vitality. The importance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins will be presented as well as dispelling common myths about feeding that have led to some serious health concerns. Also addressed will be the synergy of compounds found together in raw, whole foods as well as the degradation of nutrients from processing. Anyone can benefit from this lecture as it addresses the truth behind some of the most common questions when it comes to feeding a truly healthy diet to your pets.”
Better Eating through Better Feeding – Talk on Sunday Oct. 4th
It is not uncommon to hear someone say “my pets eat better than I do!” With increased knowledge in nutrition, we have come to find that there are countless options, especially when it comes to raw, whole foods, and these can easily cross species. Many of us find it difficult not to sneak a taste of the fruits and vegetables we prepare for our animals and this practice can be increased to healthier meals for us as well. Sharing these foods is a fantastic way to save you time and money. Raw, whole food items will be discussed in this talk in order to enhance the wellness of not only your pets, but also you!
Dr. Patricia Anderson
Dr. Patricia Anderson is an anthropologist, anthrozoologist, and archaeologist who has been studying the human-avian bond since 1999. Pat completed her PhD in anthropology at the University of Chicago (1998). She annually teaches a senior/graduate level course in Anthrozoology, the study of human-animal relationships, to students in the Zoo & Aquarium Studies Program and others at Western Illinois University where she is tenured as Associate Professor. Pat has presented the results of her research into the human-avian bond both nationally and internationally to organizations such as the Annual Parrot Lover’s Cruise, the American Federation of Aviculture, the International Society for Anthrozoology, The Avicultural Society of Chicagoland Midwest Bird Expo, Gateway Parrot Club, Midwest Sociology Annual Meeting, Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, and the Midwest Fur Fest. Her research has resulted in a number of peer-reviewed conference presentations, peer-reviewed articles, a scientific book chapter, and book reviews. Pat is a co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Anthrozoös, which is published by the International Society for Anthrozoology. In addition, Pat recently earned the credential of Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant (CPBC), International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Pat is also a member of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators, the American Federation of Aviculture, the Avicultural Society of America, the Quaker Parakeet Society, the Gateway Parrot Club, the International Association of Anthrozoology, the Pet Professional Guild, and the American Anthropological Association. She has owned a parrot since 1998 and currently lives with three Quaker and two Pionus parrots, and her very patient husband, Steve Monger.
What is an Animal?
Human-animal relationships through space and time – Talk on Saturday Oct. 3
Humans have interacted with other species as long as we have existed. Animals play profoundly important roles in the lives of humans, whether as food, companion, spiritual guide, totemic ancestor or fictive family member. It has been argued that all human interactions with animals and nature take place within a cultural context. This presentation considers how culture shapes our beliefs about other species and contributes to current animal and environmental problems. Even the answer to the deceptively simple question, “What is an Animal?” varies widely, depending on cultural and historical contexts. In this presentation we consider how culture affects human-animal interactions in a variety of cross-cultural contexts, ranging from small-scale nonindustrial societies to the modern industrial world. From creator beings, to ancestors, to shape shifters, family members, and food, human relationships with animals and their habitats are mediated by culture.
The Human-Avian Bond:
An Anthropological & Anthrozoological perspective. – Talk on Sunday Oct. 4
Humans have been fascinated with birds since we emerged as a culturally modern species during the Upper Paleolithic (50,000-12,000 years ago). The abilities to fly and metamorphose from egg to living being, along with the ability of some species to mimic or learn human speech contextually, put birds perceptually in the supernatural realm associated with shamanism and spirits. Parrots have been kept as pets and/or as sources of feathers by various human societies cross-culturally for thousands of years. However, today, to many of us, parrots in our American living rooms are family members. Despite the large number of parrots in American households there have been very few peer-reviewed studies of the human avian bond, while many studies exist for the bond with dogs and cats. This presentation considers the results of study into the human avian bond over several years, and will be discussed in reference to hypotheses about why humans have pets, and how culture affects the way that we perceive and interact with birds. In addition, we will consider data about the severing of the bond—human-avian relationships can be extremely profound, and unrequited grief may be a serious problem for bird owners, because it may not be recognized as valid by society. I will end with suggestions on how we can build and maintain a positive bond with our birds through using careful arrangement of the antecedent environment and thoughtful application of positive reinforcement.
Dr. Verner Bingman
Verner Bingman is a distinguished research professor of Psychology at BGSU. He has a Ph.D. in Zoology and has been awarded numerous research grants from the National Geographic Society, NATO, and many more. His areas of teaching psychology range from brain mechanisms and behavior, animal intelligence, ornithology, cognitive neuroscience and more. He belongs to numerous societies including the Society for Neuroscience, The Animal Behavior Society, and the American Ornithologists’ Union. He is a Journal Editorial Board Member of the Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews, the Journal of Experimental Biology, and more. He has had numerous peer reviewed articles in areas ranging from avian migration, spacial cognition, and hippocampal relevance in homing pigeons.
Brain & Intelligence In Birds – Talk on Sunday Oct. 4
Birds have been traditionally thought of as being highly reflexive and not particularly intelligent animals. However, recent behavioral and neuroscience research has revealed birds to be capable of some remarkably intelligent feats supported by a large and complex brain. In fact, some of the larger brained birds, such as crows and jays, parrots and surprisingly hummingbirds, display complex behavior that resembles what primates are capable of. My talk will focus on some of the recent discoveries relating bird intelligent behavior to their brain organization.
Billy Payne started his career at a rehabilitation center for critically animals where he provided massage and hydro therapy along with herbal/natural remedies. This is where he combined his love of animals with his other passion: plants. Utilizing vegetables, herbs, spices, essential oils, etc… he created juices, tonics, tinctures and teas for a variety of ailments and also uses some as dietary supplements. After spending years honing his talents in the garden he accepted the position as head horticulturist at one of the largest cactus and other arid plant nurseries in the southwest. While there he worked with many clients to choose and care for plants in their animal habitats. His goal is to use non-toxic, often edible plants that will be durable and thrive in the animals environment. Aside from arid plants, Billy is also specialized in planted aquariums, ponds, terrariums, vivariums, and many other habitats. He is the go to guy whether it be plant selection, habitat design, help with plant care or even preserving what you grow in manner that will be safe for your animals.
Gardening For Your Animals – Sunday October 4th
Whether you’re a master gardener or you kill any plant you touch, Billy Payne’s talk on Gardening for Animals is for you. He will be discussing starting and maintaining a garden for your animals, getting the highest yield through multiple harvests, organic and pet-safe solutions to common problems gardeners face, and much more. Along with animal friendly horticulture, Payne will also discuss and demonstrate safe and effective ways to preserve harvest so your animals can enjoy seasonal crops throughout the year while maintaining the highest nutrients. Stop on by and let your knowledge grow.