Using Social Interaction as a Reinforcer: What the Data Tells Us About When and How to Use it

Identifying effective reinforcers is essential for changing behavior. Having a variety of reinforcers at our disposal is especially useful so that we are likely to always have one available. 
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We will explore research into using different types of social interaction as a reinforcer for dogs, including petting, vocal praise, and access to the owner. We'll discuss what we know about how and when to deliver social interaction to make it most valuable to your dog.

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.

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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