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FE700: The Cat's Meow

Instructors: Deborah Jones and Judy Keller

Course Details

Cats!  We love our cats, but rarely try to train them.  There's a pervasive myth that cats cannot be trained, but of course, they can.  This myth is likely due, at least in part, to attempts at training with coercive methods.  Most creatures respond poorly to these techniques and cats are no exception.  However, any animal can be trained if you have and control effective reinforcers, and if you have an understanding of learning theory.  

In this class we will work to engage our cats in pleasant interactions with us, develop ways to enrich their day to day lives, and make the training process fun and enjoyable for them.  We will approach our training with respect for the nature of cats as highly thoughtul and intelligent creatures.