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A monthly podcast bringing you the latest information to help build stronger relationships with our animal companions, enhance training, assist shelter animals, and address other important issues related to animal welfare and training. If you are like us who love, live, and work with animals, this is the show for you! Please enjoy! Please contact us or find more information at Facebook page "Constructional Approach to Animal Welfare and Training" or email us at caawtcontact@gmail.com
 
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The Constructional Questionnaire (Goldiamond, 1974) is a powerful tool that can help guide our consulting and help achieve our client's meaningful goals that will sustain themselves easily in our absence. In this episode, Stuart Hoffman shares his learning journey of understanding the Constructional Approach, his first experience using the question…
 
Join us for another fun and inspiring conversation with Chase Owens! Chase and Sean talked about how we can be constructional and practical for helping shelter dogs get adopted and stay adopted. Their conversation highlights the importance of how we choose a specific procedure and set our training goals. In the case of helping shelter dogs, the dog…
 
Join us for a fun and inspiring conversation with Chase Owens. Chase and Sean talked about their experience developing the procedure of Constructional Affection with the dogs they worked with in animal shelters! They shared many stories and discussed how the idea of using affection came about and how they systematized the use of affection to teach …
 
In part 2 of our interview with Barbara Heidenreich, she discusses challenges, and their solutions, to applying the Constructional Aggression Treatment with various exotic animals in zoological settings. Through sharing some amazing stories, she explains the importance of why our training procedures need to be functional. Please enjoy this wonderfu…
 
In this episode of part 1 of 2, Barbara Heidenreich shares her journey of becoming an animal training consultant, her introduction to the Constructional Approach, and the benefits of this approach in helping animals and the staff in a zoological setting. She also shared creative applications of the Constructional Aggression Treatment with exotic sp…
 
"It is not contingency, but it is contingencies. It is plural!" - Dr. Israel Goldiamond This episode will start with what we mean by "contingency" and introduce two sets of analysis: linear and nonlinear analyses. We will go beyond looking at a single contingency and begin discussing how multiple contingencies are interacting to influence behavior.…
 
It has been seven months since we shared our life with Chuu. Since then, we have accomplished quite a bit, so we want to share our progress with Chuu, mainly focusing on the separation anxiety problem discussed in episodes 7 and 10. In this episode, we talk about the application of Affection Loop to solve separation anxiety. You will hear how we ca…
 
In our everyday life, we collect data on the things that are important to us, such as health, finances, or education. This practice also applies to our animal training to solve problems. Rather than relying on our gut feeling, we can take data and assess the situation to help us understand what is going on and decide what to do next. In this episod…
 
Join us with Carol Novello from Mutual Rescue. During this interview, Carol shares her work of raising awareness of how rescuing animals can help people and animals, partnering with animal shelters and communities, and the relationship between human services and animal welfare. Please enjoy! Below are the links we mentioned in the episode: Mutual R…
 
Join us in this episode as we introduce you to Morgan Katz! Morgan is the Director of Behavior Services for multiple animal shelters in the Boston area, and one of the presenters at our upcoming webinar at the end of March. In our interview, Morgan shares where her passion for helping animals comes from, her journey learning about various technique…
 
Happy New Year from CAAWT Podcast! Here is the first episode of 2021! In this episode, we reflected on the big topics we covered in 2020 and passionately talked about our vision for 2021. We share our vision of exploring animal welfare issues from the perspective of the constructional approach in a much larger and broader context, collaborating wit…
 
Join us as we explore a critical concept in Constructional Affection - Conjugate Reinforcement. Our discussion focuses on what conjugate reinforcement is, how and why we use this delivery of reinforcement during Interaction Guidelines. Please enjoy this episode and visit our Patreon page for bonus material that takes a deeper dive into the research…
 
Join us as we talk about a Constructional Approach to Leash Walking. We will highlight the importance of identifying a current relevant repertoire to shape desirable behavior on leash and avoid extinction during training. This episode will help point us in a direction to build towards our goal while still leaving our companion's tails wagging. The …
 
In this episode, we give you all an update on our life with Chuu and discuss how we have addressed the new challenges he has thrown our way. Often, overcoming behavioral challenges can seem like an overwhelming task. Even knowing where to begin can be a challenge unto itself. Join us as we discuss overcoming Chuu's biting and jumping on us and his …
 
For the first time, the public will have the opportunity to hear the newly revised procedure for the Constructional Aggression Treatment or CAT!! In this episode, Dr. Rosales-Ruiz describes some of the criticisms that Constructional Aggression Treatment received, and how it improved the procedure. These significant updates on the procedure ensure t…
 
We begin our two-episode journey of exploring Constructional Aggression Treatment with Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz. Constructional Aggression Treatment, also known as CAT, applies the Constructional Approach to the treatment of fearful and aggressive behaviors. Dr. Rosales-Ruiz is the creator of CAT, and is going to share with us his journey of bringing…
 
We rescued a new puppy from our local city animal shelter! He is an 8-month-old puppy, and his name is “Chuu,” which means “kiss” in Japanese. During the past week of us welcoming him into our family gave us so many things to share with you. So, this episode is all about that! In this episode, we will walk you through our 7-day journey of welcoming…
 
It’s no secret that dogs love our attention. For us, it almost seems like loving animals is part of who we are. However, sometimes dogs will find funny or problematic ways to get our attention. Some dogs are calm and other dogs can get really excited, they may jump on you or bark. As mentioned in our previous episode, those dogs who approach you an…
 
Hello everyone! Welcome back to our podcast! In today’s episode, we will share a new approach to training and living with our animals that has been featured for many years in Clicker Expo and The Art and Science of Animal Training Conference. This approach has changed the lives of countless animal companions and their families, and animals in zoos …
 
Hello everyone! Welcome back to our podcast! For this episode, we are going to talk about “relationships,” an important topic that ties directly to our animal companion’s quality of life. First, we will talk about the critical components of good relationships with our animal companions. Ideally, they need to approach us and seek for our affection, …
 
Hello everyone! Welcome back to our podcast! For this episode, we will continue our interview with Dr. Joe Layng, where he describes critical questions that we can ask ourselves or our clients to figure out how we can build desirable relationships with our animal companions. We hope you enjoy it! First, we will identify our goal, or where we want t…
 
Hello everyone! Welcome back to our podcast! For the next two episodes, we will welcome our special guest, Dr. T.V. Joe Layng, to explain the foundations of the Constructional Approach. Dr. Joe Layng studied with the founder of the Constructional Approach, Dr. Israel Goldiamond, for many years at the University of Chicago. In this episode, he descr…
 
Welcome to the first episode of the Constructional Approach to Animal Welfare and Training podcast! Join the hosts, Maasa and Sean, as we introduce ourselves and the Constructional Approach while sharing a story from volunteering at a local animal shelter. Please enjoy! Below are the organizations we mentioned in this episode: Organization for Rein…
 
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