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All the World’s a Stage: Antecedents – Our Secret Weapon

May 23

10:00 pm PT


Functional analysis, or A.B.C. analysis is one of those aspects of Applied Behaviour Analysis that can kind of hurt your head when you are first introduced to it. It’s not a way any of us are ever taught how to think about behavior in normal life, so it can take a while and can sometimes feel like the pain is really not worth the effort. Anyway, all we really have to learn about is treat delivery…right?

WRONG! SO WRONG! And that, my dear training nerd friends, is VERY EXCITING!

I am going to take you on a journey in this session, a journey into the amazing world of ANTECEDENTS. Not just “cues”, not just “get your hand out of your treat bag”, but a really in-depth, sight-seeing tour. By immersing ourselves into this different way of looking at our animal’s experiences; what they are learning and what information they come to predict from different situations and environments, we gain an amazing new perspective and I can guarantee you will leave with more ability to understand, interpret and predict behavior in your real world training than you can dream. This skill is one of the main reasons people think I’m smart, but don’t tell anyone I’m really not… I just know my ABCs.

Presented By:

Peta Clarke

Peta Clarke lives and breathes the animals she works with. With over twenty years of experience working as a professional animal trainer in a variety of settings both in Australia and America, she has engulfed herself during that time in the practical and theoretical application of reinforcement training in the training and care of literally thousands of animals. While Peta’s first love is working with dogs, her experiences in the field of animal training range from elephants to goldfish. As a trainer and presenter of animal shows in zoos on several continents, she has had the opportunity to work with many exotic animals, but has focused her work in this area on working with free-flighted birds and marine mammals.

As well as a career as an exotic animal trainer, Peta also works extensively in the Film and Theatre Industry. Her credits include “Babe II”, “Superman Returns”, “Wolverine”, “Hacksaw Ridge”, “The Square”, “Top End Wedding”, “The Invisible Man”, many other local films and literally hundreds of television commercials.

Peta Clarke is a Nationally Accredited Trainer, holding her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is a sought-after lecturer in Australia, teaching Certificate level animal training and behavior courses for aspiring animal trainers and an invited lecturer for many dog training clubs, zoos, and other private organisations.