It was a 45 minute long lecture, where I introduced the concept of behaviour management and how that relates to animal welfare.
Behaviour management is a melting pot of different perspectives, theoretical frameworks and practical, hands-on techniques. I know, I was in over my head trying to discuss something so diverse in under an hour.
Anyway, I filmed it.
I’m guessing you probably don’t have time for a 45 minute lecture. So I divided it into four pieces, thinking that might increase the likelihood that you’ll at least get started.
Scroll down to find all four parts of the lecture!
Part 1 – what is welfare?
Here are the first seven minutes where I talk about how different people prioritize different animal welfare perspectives. When you watch it, think to yourself: “Which of those three welfare perspectives would I vote for?”
Let us know in the comments where you cast your vote!
So, there are three perspectives from which we can manage behaviour to improve animal welfare.
Part 2 – applied ethology
Arranging the environment to allow animals to carry out natural escape-related behaviours – and reducing aggression.
Part 3 – the impact of emotions on welfare
In part 3, I introduce the seven core emotions and focus on one that I think has a huge impact on animal welfare. There are two huge potential problems when animals become fearful – and two solutions.
In this lecture, I didn’t have time to go into much detail on any of the topics – there was a strict 45 minute limit. If you want to learn more about emotions, check out my low-priced introductory course The Fundamentals – handling emotional states in animals. According to one of my students, that course was truly something every animal owner should know.
Part 4 – using training to improve welfare
There are three different learning mechanisms we can tap into to reduce the risk that fear becomes a problem for animals: latent inhibition, counter conditioning and systematic desensitization.
Did you learn anything useful from this lecture? If so, please share it!
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