Let’s Talk About Shock Collars: Operant and Pavlovian Effects of Aversive Control

The debate about aversive tools continues, as does their use. In this webinar we will look at early literature that informs much of what we know about the impact of shock on animal behavior. 
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We will focus on the operant and Pavlovian effects and issues, including ethical and practical concerns. We will also dive into the more recent literature exploring their use in dogs and the effect on behavior and welfare. At the end of the webinar, attendees will should have a broad understanding of the issues concerning tools that induce pain, a data-based understanding of the behavioral and welfare issues surrounding their use, the challenges in this area of research, and what research avenues lie ahead.

The webinar is 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.

Shelter/Rescue/Vet Student/Vet Tech Tickets - no expiration date: 30% off general admission ticket (discount code is SDFWBV)

Discounts are available for groups of 5 or more - please contact [email protected] for more information.

Cancellation policy: No refunds

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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.
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