Most dog trainers know how to use positive reinforcement and behavior modification to change dogs' behavior. In the human behavior world, best practices include performing a functional behavior assessment and/or a functional analysis prior to designing a behavioral intervention. Why? Because the literature has shown that assessment and analysis leads to more efficacious behavior change. Using a tool she created called the Functional Assessment of Dog Behavior (FADB), Terri Bright will teach you how to discover the cause of unwanted behavior and how discovering that cause can make you a better trainer. Bright is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst with a Master's in of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). She is a doctoral candidate in the ABA program at Simmons College, a mentor for future BCBA's, and an adjunct professor in the Behavior Analysis Department at Simmons College.
Paul C. Wagoner, Essex County Assistant District Attorney
Paul C. Wagoner is an assistant district attorney in the Essex District Attorney’s Office. He has handled cases in the District, Superior, Appeals, and Supreme Judicial courts, the Parole Board, and the Grand Jury. He has prosecuted animal cruelty cases involving both the direct infliction of pain and neglect. In December, he will argue a case at the Supreme Judicial Court to determine whether the emergency exception to the warrant requirement applies to a live animal in mortal danger. Previously, he worked at two large law firms and clerked for various state court judges. Paul is a graduate of Boston College Law School.
Equine Health and Welfare in Therapeutic Horsemanship
Isabella (Boo) Martin, M.Ed., Executive Director & Founder, Touchstone Farm
Isabella (Boo) Martin, M.Ed. will be discussing health, welfare, and stress issues observed through her work with therapeutic horsemanship at Touchstone Farm. A lifelong horsewoman, Boo has shown, trained, evented, driven and taught riding and driving lessons for the last 40 years. She founded Pony Farm, a girls’ summer residential riding camp, fully accredited by the American Camping Association. She founded the lesson program at the farm, receiving her instructor certification from the American Riding Instructor Association. While attending the Antioch Graduate School in the Organization and Management Degree Program in 1989, she started Horse Power and the Horse Power Instructor Training School with her colleagues and professors, and became involved in the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). She went on to co-found the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association, and to serve on numerous NARHA committees. She has received the Presidents’ Award, the Founders’ Award and the James Brady Lifetime Achievement Award with NARHA, and been selected the New Hampshire Horse Person of the Year.
You may want to be an ecosystem health professional, but medical and health training is not enough. Dr. Ted Y. Mashima will share some insights on developing the professional competencies you need to be successful in this arena: communication, networking, management, and fundraising. Dr. Mashima is a former wildlife veterinarian who has provided medical care for everything from cockroaches to whales. After completing a residency in zoological medicine, he moved to Washington DC to work in policy and education. Dr. Mashima has worked with dozens of organizations of physicians, veterinarians, and environmental health professionals, helping them to develop and implement their strategic goals.
Co-sponsored by Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine and W.A.Z.E. (Wildlife, Aquatics, Zoo, Exotics)