Advances in the science and application of animal training

Goodwin, Debbie and Wickens, Stephen (2004) Advances in the science and application of animal training, vol. 18, 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 animal welfare.

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6 October 2004Published
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2009
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