Conferences and Webinars

Winter slows down training for many of us.  It’s too cold or too muddy to do much with our horses, but that makes it the perfect time to get ready for a summer full of horse fun by attending one of the winter clicker training conferences.  I present at both Clicker Expos and sandwiched in-between is the Art and Science of Animal Training conference.  

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Clicker Expo

Jan. 10-12, 2020

Seattle WA

March 13-15, 2020

Seattle WA

The Art and Science of Animal Training Conference

Feb. 22-23, 2020

Dallas Texas

Clicker Training and Behavior Science Summer Camp
May 13-16 2020
At the Clicker Center Barn

Our conference speakers:

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Alexandra Kurland

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Mary Hunter and

Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz

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Podcasts and Webinars

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Equiosity Podcasts and Webinars

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January 10-12, 2020      The Clicker Expo

Seattle WA

March 13-15, 2020

Seattle WA

ClickerExpo is the perfect opportunity for animal training enthusiasts and professionals to improve their skills, keep up with the latest techniques, and learn from world experts in positive reinforcement


I will be giving several talks including a new presentation: "Extinction: Friend or Foe?".  This has been a fun presentation to create.  I’ve been making new videos for it, including several featuring the baby goats.  You get great teaching plus cute!  

I will also be joining three TeamTaught panels.  I'll be leading the panel on Loopy Training. Other panels members are Dr. Jesús Rosales Ruiz and Eva bertilsson and Emelie Johnson Vegh.  Then I'll be joining Susan friedman on a panel on cues and Ken Ramirez on one that looks at what we can learn by training multiple species.

Returning this year is my lab on rope handling - a perinnial favorite.

Another new talk is: “My Question is . . . "  This is a program that won’t have a rigid structure of powerpoint slides.  Instead I am modeling it on the morning discussions we have at my clinics.  Here it is YOUR questions that create the program.  I have always found that this is a great way to cover in depth both the principles behind equine clicker training and how-to lessons.  So come help me create a great program by adding your training questions to the mix.


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February 22-23, 2020   Art and Science of Animal Training 


Dallas Texas

This year's key note speaker is  Dr. Philip Hineline


What The Textbooks Don’t Tell You About Negative Reinforcement


Most people dislike the idea of negative reinforcement, despite the fact that it is fundamental to an organism’s wellbeing. “Negative” is commonly understood as “bad” – thus, “bad reinforcement.” Furthermore, both textbooks and the general public persistently characterize negative reinforcement in terms of a simplistic story that was shown to be untenable more than a half-century ago. That simplistic story says, in essence, that organisms do not avoid rain; they merely escape from clouds, which they must be afraid of. This account insults the intelligence of the laboratory rat, let alone the human.

Experiments that gave the lie to this were accomplished in the 1950’s and 1960’s, with systematic follow-up work continuing into the 1970’s. Some of the early, key experiments need to be replicated so as to reinsert them into the literature. We shall examine a few of these, seeing that, together, their procedures distinguish discriminative from motivational stimulus functions. This will enable a coherent account of negative reinforcement that reveals ordered complexity in some phenomena of major concern.

I will be giving a talk on Shaping on a Point of Contact - Turning Rope Handling into a Clicker-Compatible Procedure


The conference presentaions will explore a variety of different ideas that relate to both the science behind our key note topic, and practical applications that will improve our training.

The unique format lets us explore these topics in a way that is very different from the “typical” conference experience.  Each presentation is followed by a short discussion period for the other speakers to ask questions and to discuss the topic with the presenter. This is followed by a question and answer period where the audience is able to ask additional questions.

The conference location gives us lots of room for discussions to continue into the evening.  The culture of this conference is to stay up late talking science and training.


This popular conference sells out fast so if you are thinking about attending - don't wait!

Clicker Training and Behaviour Science Summer Camp 2020

with Alexandra Kurland, Jesús Rosales-Ruiz, Mary Hunter, and Michaela Hempen

May 13-16 2020

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This clicker science camp offers the unique opportunity to take a deep dive into the science of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and its practical applications in clicker training. A small group of  participants will explore in depth how research findings from the field of ABA can explain what we observe during our training sessions and, vice-versa, how objective observations of our animal's behavior can question established beliefs and identify need for further research.


During the science camp, we'll be exploring different questions, ready to deviate from a given path, in order to follow a more interesting question.


We'll make use of inspiring lectures, dynamic discussions, engaging PORTL games, enlightening body awareness exercises, guided Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons, delicious meals and adventurous campfires to broaden our horizon, deepen our knowledge, and ignite our curiosity. And we'll ask the resident animals for feedback. Are we on the right track, or do we need to go back, look at the questions from another angle, explore another approach?


This is NOT meant to be another conference where you just sit and listen. We will all explore, discover, learn and teach. YOU will shape the course content, based on your questions and your discoveries.

More details about the science camp will be coming soon.  If you are curious and you want to be on the mailing list, email Alexandra Kurland at

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Podcasts and Webinars:

You don't have to leave home to attend one of these events.  Just log in via your computer.  Podcasts and Webinars combine great learning with convenience. 

Equiosity Podcasts and Webinars

I have teamed up with Dominique Day, one of the co-founders of Cavalia to produce a weekly podcast.  We began the podcasts in March 2018.  To listen to the podcasts visit: or subscribe to it on itunes.


In 2018 we also did a series of webinars.  Our guests included Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz, Dr. Susan Friedman, and Ken Rameriz.  These webinars are available through the web site.  We will continue to bring you these ground-breaking discussions.  Bookmark the web site to stay current with webinar schedule. 

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