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“Certificate of Excellence” from Living and Learning with Animals Professional Course

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LLACOE2014_400 BADGEAs an animal law attorney and dog trainer, I am always trying to learn as much as I can about animal interaction with humans.

I recently completed Dr. Susan Friedman’s 2014 Living and Learning with Animals course. The course, for veterinary and animal professionals, explored the fundamental principles and procedures of teaching and learning.

Dr. Friedman provided a foundation for a comprehensive and coherent understanding of animal behavior analysis—focusing particularly on captive and companion animals.

While most of my work extends to dogs and cats, the principles discussed by the Utah State University research assistant professor are applicable to all animal species.

I’m very excited to announce that I received a “Certificate of Excellence” for the course.

The fundamental idea for the course was the fact that captive and companion animals (i.e., our pets) must have the power to operate effectively on their environment—leading to behaviorally healthy lives.

Dr. Friedman discussed the scienfic perspective of behavior analysis, and focused on the most humane methodology – positive reinforcement training, which empowers the learner and strengthens the bond between learner and teacher.

Through guided homework experiences, forums, and discussions, I took away a great deal from the course, to help both the human and animal in the learning process.

If you have any questions about the Friedman’s Living and Learning with Animals, feel free to give me a call at my Alexandria office. Or, visit the Behavior+ Works website. I’m happy to chat about what I learned, as well as how I feel it can be applied to our everyday interaction with our companion animals.

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About Heidi Meinzer

Heidi is an attorney and animal lover, not necessarily in that order. She handles small business, animal law, and nonprofit legal issues. She is licensed to practice in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Washington State. Heidi is also a certified dog trainer. Heidi Meinzer's Google+ Profile