How to Maximize Our Food Reinforcers: Factors that Influence the Reinforcing
Value of Food

Tuesday, September 19, 2023
6pm to 7:30pm EDT (USA and Canada)

Food is a regularly used reinforcer in animal training. Despite the apparent utility, little research has evaluated its efficacy in companion species or investigated factors that affect its value for the learner.
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The webinar was recorded and is suitable for pet owners, veterinary professionals, animal trainers, animal behaviorists, pet guardians, shelter and rescue staff and volunteers, and anyone with an interest in evidence-based behavior and training.

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We will cover research on dogs (mainly) and horses (a bit) that has evaluated food as a reinforcer and investigate the factors that can influence how effective it is for training, including quality, quantity, delay, and delivery methods. At the end of this webinar, attendees will have a data-based understanding of the utility of food as a reinforcer for several species, how it compares to other reinforcers, and what dimensions we can vary and how to maximize the reinforcing value of food for our learners.

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Meet the instructor

Erica Feuerbacher

Dr. Erica Feuerbacher is an Associate Professor in the School of Animal Sciences at Virginia Tech and director of the Applied Animal Behavior & Welfare Lab, where she focuses her research on dogs and horses. She also coordinates the online Masters program in Applied Animal Behavior & Welfare at Virginia Tech.

She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Florida in the UF Canine Cognition and Behavior Lab and her Master’s in Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas in the Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals. She is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer.

Her research focuses on understanding domestic animal behavior and learning from a behavior analytic perspective, using applied animal behavior to solve behavioral issues in dogs and horses, and identifying interventions that improve shelter dog welfare. She has published her research in a variety of scientific journals and has won awards for her research.

She is passionate about humane, effective animal training, and working with owners, trainers, and shelter staff to improve our interactions with animals. She currently shares her life with her German shepherd, Iorek, Belgian malinois, Leica, her clicker-trained horse, Magic, four cats, and an assortment of barnyard animals.
Patrick Jones - Course author