29 episodes

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

Constructional Approach to Animal Welfare and Training Maasa, Sean

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 13 Ratings

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

    Episode 29: Spotlight on Sammy!

    Episode 29: Spotlight on Sammy!

    In this episode, we share Sammy's journey of finding his forever home. Sammy was a dog that loved people. However, he was engaging in behaviors that prevented him from getting adopted. He would excessively jump inside his enclosure and when interacting with people. But all he wanted was affection from people. So, we used Constructional Affection to teach him how to ask for and receive affection from people and engage in desirable behaviors when greeting new people! On 5/22, a sweet family welcomed him to their family. We hope you enjoy this episode!
    Below is the link we mentioned during the episode:
    🌼 CAAWT conference 2022! Register for an Early-Bird ($150) or a special discount (ONLY $90!!) for the entire 6-days live conference! The special discount is available for anyone who works or volunteers at an animal shelter, a veterinary clinic, zoo, aquarium, or is currently a university student or CAAWT Premium member. 
    Get it now and register at: https://www.caawt.com/2022-conference


    Support the show

    • 32 min
    Episode 28: Touching New Frontiers - Applications of Constructional Affection to Other Species

    Episode 28: Touching New Frontiers - Applications of Constructional Affection to Other Species

    In this episode, we explore the application of Constructional Affection to other species, such as equines, tortoises, birds, etc! To get us started, Sean and Maasa are discussing the conjugate reinforcement schedule and several questions to consider: When is it ideal to use Constructional Affection? How can we program our affection as a reinforcer? How can we set up the environment to ask the animal whether affection is working as a reinforcer? What are the desirable behaviors we want to shape through affection with equines that leads to mutually enjoyable relationships? We also share Interaction Guidelines with equines and safety protocols! We hope this episode can bring some conversation as to the development and application of Constructional Affection with other species.

    Below are the links we mentioned during the episode:
    🌼 CAAWT conference 2022! Get the Early-Bird registration or 50% off (ONLY 90.00!!) for the entire 6-days online conference at: https://www.caawt.com/2022-conference
    *Early-Bird registration is available until 5/31/22!

    🐶 Join us at the CAAWT Membership! https://www.caawt.com/caawt-membership
    *You can do a trial of the CAAWT Membership for 14 days for only $1!




    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/CAAWT)

    • 28 min
    Episode 27: Three Dogs' Journeys - Ryder, Carmel, and Shelby

    Episode 27: Three Dogs' Journeys - Ryder, Carmel, and Shelby

    We have been going to our local animal shelter and working with their dogs for a while now! So, we wanted to share stories of three dogs that we got to work with: Ryder, Carmel, and Shelby. You will hear how the Constructional Approach helped them learn desirable behaviors to ask for and receive our interaction and affection, which is critical for finding their forever homes!


    Watch the first session with Carmel
    *We will soon be publishing Carmal's follow-up video and Ryder's video on CAAWT YouTube Channel!


    Below are the links we mentioned during the episode:


    ❤️Constructional Affection group class. A 4-week group class starting on 4/16! Learn more and register:
    https://www.caawt.com/constructional-affection


    🌼 CAAWT conference 2022! Learn more and register! https://www.caawt.com/2022-conference


    🐶 Join us at the CAAWT Membership!
    https://www.caawt.com/caawt-membership
    *You can do a trial of the CAAWT Membership for 14 days for only $1!
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/CAAWT)

    • 35 min
    Episode 26: Interview with Dr. Susan Friedman (Part 2 of 2)

    Episode 26: Interview with Dr. Susan Friedman (Part 2 of 2)

    In part 2 of our interview with Dr. Susan Friedman, we have a thought-provoking discussion about the contributions, similarities, and differences the Constructional Approach has with other approaches to training and other behavior analytic approaches. Please enjoy as we explore this approach from its philosophic implication to its influence on real-world procedures!


    Below are the links we mentioned during the episode:
    🌼 CAAWT conference 2022! Save the date on July 25th to 30th! https://www.caawt.com/2022-conference


    🌱 Enhancing Efficiency - Measurement, Data Collection, and Beyond!
    https://www.caawt.com/measurement-data-collection-and-beyond 
    *When we open the registration for the Constructional Affection group class, we will put the link below! CAAWT Member premium will get 50% discount on the group class fee! 


    🐶 Join us at the CAAWT Membership!
    https://www.caawt.com/caawt-membership
    *You can do a trial of the CAAWT Membership for 14 days for only $1!


    🌟 ABAI Conference in Boston in May, 2022!
    https://www.abainternational.org/events/annual-2022.aspx
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/CAAWT)

    • 40 min
    Episode 25: Interview with Dr. Susan Friedman (Part 1 of 2)

    Episode 25: Interview with Dr. Susan Friedman (Part 1 of 2)

    Happy New Year, everyone! We are kicking off our first episode of 2022 with an interview with Dr. Susan Friedman! In this first part of two episodes, Dr. Friedman describes her passion for behavior analysis, the contingencies that motivate people to continue learning and growing in this field, and the importance of adopting this animal training philosophy. Please enjoy this amazing interview with one of the pioneers of applications of Applied Behavior Analysis! 


    Below are the links we mentioned during the episode:
    📚 CAAWT Book Club - We will be reading the book, Nonlinear Contingency Analysis: Going Beyond Cognition and Behavior in Clinical Practice, by Dr. T.V. Joe Layng, Dr. Paul Thomas Andronis, R Trent Codd III, Awab Abdel-Jalil! We hope to see you there!
    https://www.caawt.com/caawt-book-club 


    🌼 CAAWT conference 2022! Save the date on July 25th to 30th! https://www.caawt.com/2022-conference


    🐶 Join us at the CAAWT Membership!
    https://www.caawt.com/caawt-membership
    *You can do a trial of the CAAWT Membership for 14 days for only $1!


    🌟 ABAI Conference in Boston in May 2022!
    https://www.abainternational.org/events/annual-2022.aspx 
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/CAAWT)

    • 40 min
    Episode 24: CAAWT's Vision for 2022!

    Episode 24: CAAWT's Vision for 2022!

    2021 is almost ending, and 2022 is at the corner! We are sure that you are starting to set goals and things you want to do in 2022! In this episode, we reflected on the goals we set for 2021, what we did to achieve our goals, and we also talked about our goals for 2022! We are looking forward to continuing learning and exploring the Constructional Approach and meeting our goals together in 2022! 

    Thank you for listening to the CAAWT podcast for two years!  We wish you happy holidays and hope you all have an amazing new year with your lovely animal companions!


    Below are the links we mentioned during the episode:
    🌼 CAAWT conference 2022! Save the date from July 25th to 30th!:
    https://www.caawt.com/2022-conference


    🐶 Register and learn more about the CAAWT Membership: https://www.caawt.com/caawt-membership
    *You can do a trial of the CAAWT Membership for 14 days for only $1!


    🌱 Lili Chin's beautiful notes and illustration on what she learned in our Introduction to the Science of Behavior (Part 1) group class:
    https://www.doggiedrawings.net/post/b-f-x-under-c
    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/CAAWT)

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Captonick ,

Very informative

I enjoy the format of how Massa and Sean play off each other’s anecdotes and helpful information. I’ve already learned something and it’s only the first episode. Definitely a must listen if you’re wanting to improve the lives of the people around you.

FranklinandMamma ,

Great Podcast!

I really enjoyed this first podcast which was very heart warming as well as informational. Sean and Maasa have a caring way of delivery that give hope for loving dog owners whose dog displays behavioral problems. Their deep desire to help these animals with unwanted behaviors comes through loud and clear.

loving all animals ,

So interesting!

Am loving this concept. So much easier to give our animals positive attention. Can’t wait for the next episode!

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