Goodwin, Debbie and Wickens, Stephen
Advances in the science and application of animal training,
International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ), 38pp.
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Training has long been recognised as an important component in the successful
adaptation of companion animals, their inclusion in sporting events and other
recreational activities. An extensive folk literature exists relating to the training of
these animals. Knowledge and practice based upon scientific principles, such as
classical conditioning and instrumental learning may also be employed. Less
recognised is the contribution relevant training can have on the management and
husbandry of other animals eg. on farms, in zoos and the laboratory.
This meeting aims to discuss recent developments in learning theory and related
fields, in the methodologies and techniques of training. It will also consider the
application of these for practical training of animals. It seeks to bring together
veterinarians, animal scientists, ethologists, psychologists, animal trainers and others
who work with animals to share knowledge and good practice. It hopes to encourage a
wider consideration of the ways training can be used to improve the husbandry,
management and welfare of animals.
ISAZ 2004 is a satellite meeting to the 2004 world conference of the International
Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organisations and we are grateful to
IAHAIO for their support of the meeting. We are also grateful for the kind support of
the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare in the organisation of the meeting and
their help in compiling the programme and preparation of the abstract booklets. We
must extend special thanks to Dr Penny Bernstein, Dr James Kirkwood and Dr Debbie
Wells for helping to review the abstracts and finally to Neil Smith (Conference Point
International) for all his help with registration and accommodation.
We see this meeting as an excellent opportunity for the supporting organisations to
present themselves to a broad and international audience and foster useful links with
professional researchers, trainers and students interested in applying science to
advance both our knowledge and understanding of human-animal interactions and
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