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Sue Ailsby's Tools for the Job: A Clicker and Patience

Sue Ailsby is a well-known and highly accomplished clicker trainer who has competed successfully with her dogs in just about every possible competition venue. She now gives clicker training seminars across Canada and the US. Sue has put years of clicker training wisdom into her online Book of Training Levels and has also posted a blog of her clicker training adventure with her service dog in training, Stitch, at www.dragonflyllama.com.

Monkey Business: Natural and Learned Behavior in Capuchins

What's more fun than a barrel of monkeys? TRAINING a barrel of monkeys!

Congratulations to the Canis Film Festival Winners!

Laura VanArendonk Baugh won Grand Prize at the first-ever Canis Film Festival, a contest designed to showcase innovative animal-training videos. This unique festival focuses on short films of seven minutes or fewer that educate animal owners and professionals about the power of training based on the science of operant conditioning. 

The Limited Hold

The limited hold is scientific terminology—laboratory slang, really—for a good way to use the marker and reinforcer to speed up response to a cue. We're all used to sluggish responses. You call folks for supper, and in due course, they come; meanwhile the soufflé falls or the soup gets cold. You call your dog to come in the house and it comes, grudgingly, finding half a dozen new things to sniff at before actually reaching the back door. Here's how you can fix that.

Cue the Lion, Please

We met Chris Davis at ClickerExpo Newport. Chris came to the conference looking for innovative ideas in working with his staff at A to Z Animal Management Consulting, www.zooconsulting.com, a company that provides training and consulting services worldwide. We spoke to Chris recently about his work and the success of his training company.