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Training is More than Doing - Thinking Beyond the Quadrants

Learning is a process that results in a change in knowledge, behavior or skills as a result of environmental, experiential, emotional or cognitive factors. As well as humans and animals, machines and some plants have been shown to possess the ability to learn.
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In this Webinar 

Animals learn about the world around them in a variety of different ways, and yet it is still commonplace, within the dog world, to hear that ‘the quadrants of reinforcement learning are how animals learn’, as a standalone statement. In this webinar we will take a closer look at the quadrants, outlining some common misconceptions, and important limitations of their use. We will go as far as to explore the benefits of ceasing to use the quadrants as a way of understanding animal learning, and making the case that truly science based behavior modification has very little place for them. 

Program Agenda:

  • Brief overview of animal learning
  • Understanding what the quadrants represent and how they have become so misrepresented
  • Distinguishing reinforcement learning from the quadrants
  • Understanding the limitations and risks of the quadrant approach to behavior modification through practical examples
  • Looking at the advantages of alternative ways of understanding animal learning and behavior modification techniques 


Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will understand the full breadth of the types of learning in animals, and consider how learning affects the way a dog’s brain processes information and a dog’s decision making.
  • Attendees will explore the limitations of using the quadrants as a model for reinforcement learning


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Meet the instructor

Dr. Kathy Murphy

Dr Kathy Murphy (BVetMed, DPhil, CVA, CLAS, MRCVS) is a veterinary surgeon and neuroscientist. She graduated from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons UK in 1999, initially working in mixed clinical practice before studying for two post graduate clinical qualifications with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, and Laboratory Animal Science. In 2009 she was awarded a highly prestigious Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship to study for her PhD, in Behavioral Neuroscience, at The Queens College, University of Oxford, UK. She subsequently worked in the USA as Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Anesthesiology at the Icahn School of Medicine NYC, where her research into the long term effects of anesthesia on learning and memory contributed to a change to the safety advice for the use of general anesthesia in children.

Dr. Murphy moved back to the UK in 2013, to take up clinical-academic positions at the University of Oxford and subsequently Newcastle University, and concurrently completed a Residency in Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia with the European College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, during which she became increasingly interested in how pain re-models the nervous system and this can manifest as behavioral problems in pets.

Alongside these positions Dr. Murphy founded, and is now Director of, Barking Brains Ltd (a neuroscience outreach platform for the animal behavior and training community), which focuses on translating neuroscientific information into practical and useful information for people interested in animal behavior. In order to maximize the impact of her diverse interests and skill set, Dr. Murphy teamed up with Behavior Vets in early 2022 when she took up the position of Chief Scientific Officer. She is now able to focus on her new found passion for science communication and providing evidence based, up to date, accessible, scientific information to clinicians, animal professionals and their clients, about subjects related to pain, behavior, neurobiology and the many interrelated factors.

In addition to Dr. Murphy’s primary career roles she was Trustee and Veterinary Advisor to the Rottweiler Welfare Association for 14 years; is co-founder of Ethics First (a collective which lobbies for ethical decision making in clinical practice); is an Oversight Committee Member for the UK Dog Behavior and Training Charter; a guest lecturer in Clinical Animal Behavior at the University of Edinburgh, UK; lectures internationally; sits on numerous National and International boards, working groups and ethical review panels; is an ad-hoc reviewer for neuroscience, veterinary medicine and anesthesia and pain journals; and continues to collaborate on research projects.

Dr. Murphy lives in the UK with her husband Elliot (ret. Search and Rescue handler and now scentwork and mantrailing trainer) and their 4 dogs: Nancy a Rottweiler mix, Zebedee and Nela the German Shorthaired Pointers and Albi a Weimaraner.
Patrick Jones - Course author