Creating a relationship. "The Abrantes' Belly-Button Routine." Subtle and efficient signals and reinforcers/inhibitors.
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Animal Training My Way—The Merging of Ethology and Behaviorism explains and teaches you how to create a reliable relationship with any animal. This course analyses the way we interact with our animals, combines the best of ethology and behaviorism and comes up with an innovative, yet simple and efficient approach to communicate with an animal. It is a guide for creating harmonious, stable and balanced relationships.
Roger Abrantes, Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology and Ethology, wrote the textbook for this course, “Animal Training My Way—The Merging of Ethology and Behaviorism.” You’ll get it as a page flip online book in lesson four.
Course level: Beginner. This course is an introduction to evolution and essential to the understanding of behavior, its development, and evolution.
Content of the course and textbook
This course consists of four lessons.
Lesson 1 — Creating a relationship. The Abrantes’ “Belly Button-Routine.” Video and analysis.
Lesson 2 — The importance of body language and self-confidence. Video and analysis.
Lesson 3 — Creating a relationship with an insecure dog. Video and analysis.
Lesson 4 — The merging of ethology and behaviorism. Animal training my (your) way. Book and final test.
Content of the book
Chapter 1 A pragmatic approach to animal training.
Chapter 2 Creating a relationship.
Chapter 3 The training toolbox.
Chapter 4 Training skills using ethology and behaviorism.
Chapter 5 Maintenance and reliability of behavior.
Chapter 6 Practical considerations.
Chapter 7 Elements of Ethology.
Chapter 8 A question of attitude.
Chapter 9 Brain and heart.
One-on-one online tutoring
Watch the movies and read the book(s). If you have any question, please click “Contact Course Teacher.” This is an exceptional opportunity for you to be in direct contact with a leading ethologist. Professor Abrantes will personally answer your questions.
Once you’re ready for it, take the tests. You may take a test as many times as you like. We recommend you re-take tests once a year as a self-imposed quality control.
The importance of our body language and how our self-confidence affects our communication. Study of video clips.
The importance of our body language when dealing with animals that behave insecurely.
A pragmatic approach to animal training. Creating a relationship. The training toolbox. Training skills using ethology and behaviorism. Maintenance and reliability of behavior. Practical considerations. Elements of Ethology. A question of attitude. Brain and heart.