A Moment of Science: Clicker training 101 - (Part 1)

Are you new to clicker training? Or are you using it, but are a bit confused by the terminology and the reasons behind what we do? Here's a crash course, in two parts, on clicker training, learning theory, and the laws governing how learning really works. You'll learn what you need to know about the underlying science to get out of the gate fast.

Kathy Sdao, certified applied animal behaviorist, former marine-mammal trainer, and dog professional, is a gifted teacher who will help you understand why the principles work and what the terms really mean. Start your ClickerExpo experience on Friday with these two Sessions, and you will have the foundation and vocabulary to help you understand, enjoy, and benefit from the rest of the program.

Note: If you have been using a clicker but are not fully familiar with the science behind it, you will find this Session to be highly worthwhile as well.

Kathy Sdao

Kathy Sdao is an applied animal behaviorist. She has spent more than 30 years as a fulltime animal trainer, first with marine mammals and now with dogs and their people. Kathy received a master’s degree in experimental psychology from the University of Hawaii. The United States Navy then hired her to train dolphins for open-ocean tasks. Kathy next worked as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Later, Kathy co-created Tacoma’s first dog-daycare facility, where she began teaching clicker-training classes.

Since 1998, Kathy has owned Bright Spot Dog Training. Services include consulting with families about their challenging dogs, teaching private lessons, and mentoring professional trainers. Kathy is proud to be an original faculty member at Karen Pryor Clicker Training’s ClickerExpo conferences.

Kathy has traveled extensively across the United States, Canada, and Europe, and to Australia, Israel, Japan, and Mexico, educating students about the science of animal training. Her first book, Plenty in Life Is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace was published in 2012.