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Episode 116: The 85% Rule, Errorless Learning, and Horse Hugs

Dominique loves to learn. She is forever finding interesting articles and scientific studies for us to discuss. This week we consider one that looks at machine learning and the 85% rule. This doesn’t sound as though it could possibly be related to equine hugs, but it is. In the podcast we refer to a journal article: "The 85% Rule for Optimal Learning" https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-12552-4 And for teaching your horse the feldenkrais hug visit my blog: https://theclickercenterblog.com/2016/09/18/

Episode 114: Susan Friedman - The Procedural Hierarchies Pt 2: The Twin Sisters of Science and Ethic

Dr Susan Friedman is our guest for this conversation about her recent article: “Why Animals Need Trainers Who Adhere to the Least Intrusive Principle: Improving Animal Welfare and Honing Trainers’ Skills”. This is an update of her 2004 article: “What’s Wrong With This Picture? Effectiveness Is Not Enough”. When Susan began consulting at zoos and other animal care facilities, effectiveness was often the first and only consideration. Does the procedure get the job done? Does it get the animal moved from one enclosure to another? The answer might be yes, but at what cost? If you use a water hose, what is the fallout? What opportunities for improved welfare have you given up? Effectiv

Episode 113: Dr. Susan Friedman: The Procedural Hierarchy - Pt. 1

Dr. Susan Friedman joins us for a discussion of the hierarchy of least intrusive, most affective (LIMA) intervention strategies. She has just written an update of her 2004 article: “What’s wrong with this picture? Effectiveness is not enough.” In Part 1 of this conversation we begin where just about every conversation begins these days - with the corona virus. The wearing of masks - whether it should be voluntary or mandated led us into a discussion of control which gave us the perfect segue into a discussion of Susan’s two articles and why she felt it was important to revisit this subject by writing a new article.