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Workshop Description

Living and Learning with Animals (LLA) is a seminar focused on the fundamental principles of learning and behavior, and the behavior change technology known as applied behavior analysis.

All animals change their behavior due to experience, i.e., they learn, which gives this course trans-species, and interdisciplinary relevance to all professionals working with behavior.

Topics are presented with slides and illustrative videos and include the following:

  • How Behavior Works: Understanding and Misunderstanding Behavior
  • The Significance of Science to Behavior Consulting
  • Respondent and Operant Learning
  • Functional Assessment
  • The Commitment to Ethical Practice
  • The Case for Empowerment
  • Procedures for Changing Respondent Behavior
  • Procedures for Changing Operant Behavior
  • Designing Behavior Change Plans.

As a result of attending this seminar, participants will be better able to teach learners effectively and humanely.

Workshop Date Location and Time

  • Date: May 18/19, 2019
  • Location: Santa Barbara Humane Society  – 5399 Overpass Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93111
  • Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (there will be a one-hour lunch break along with mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks)
  • Check-in: 8:15 AM

Workshop Cost for 2-Day Event

  • $315 – by November 30, 2018
  • $335 – December 1, 2018 – March 17, 2019
  • $360 – March 18, 2019 – May 17, 2019
  • $375 – at the door

For groups of 5 or more persons affiliated with the same facility please contact us directly to receive a discounted rate.

Fees include 2-day event. Note, single day tickets are not available for this event.


Water and morning/afternoon snacks will be provided. Lunch will be on your own. There are restaurants and grocery stores nearby.

CEU Information

  • CCPDT: CPDT – 10 CEUs, CBCC – 7 CEUs
  • IAABC: 17 CEUs
  • KPA-CTP: 17 CEUs
  • CNWI: 4 CEUs

Non-Human Animal Policy

Service dogs only for this event.

Paying by Check 

Please make checks payable to: The Inquisitive Canine

Mail to: 1187 Coast Village Road, #1-290, Santa Barbara, California 93108

Your registration will be confirmed once payment is received. We will email you your confirmation so please include contact information.

Refund Policies

Full refund up to 30 days prior to the event.

Videography and Photography

No videotaping, photographing, or audiotaping is permitted during the presentation by attendees.

VIDEO/PHOTOGRAPH RELEASE. By registering for this event, you as the attendee consent to the use of any photographs/video for areas of educational or marketing purposes by The Inquisitive Canine and Dr. Susan Friedman.


There is limited onsight parking. Please park on nearby streets if possible. The host hotel is a half mile from the event location. We also encourage carpooling.

Travel Information*

Airport: Santa Barbara Airport

Host Hotel: Pacifica Suites.  To receive the group rate, ask to book a room under the inquisitive canine group block.

Additional nearby hotels:

*Santa Barbara is an awesome travel destination. Consider spending a few extra days here in town for a little R&R. You might want to bring family members along where they can enjoy themselves while you attend the conference.

About Dr. Susan Friedman

Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D. is a professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University. She has helped pioneer the cross-species application of behavior analysis to animals, using the same humane philosophy and scientifically sound teaching technology that has been so effective with human learners. Susan has co-authored chapters on behavior change in four veterinary texts, and her popular articles have been translated into 14 languages. She gives seminars on animal learning at conferences, and consults with zoos around the world. Susan is a member of Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expo faculty, and teaches yearly hands-on animal training workshops with Steve Martin (Natural Encounters).

Susan was appointed to the F&WS Condor Recovery Team from 2002 – 2010, after which time the team was retired due to the success of the birds in the wild. She is the Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Committee of American Humane Association (AHA) Film and TV Unit, and a member in good standing of ABAI, AZA, ABMA, IAABC, and IAATE. Last year she was included on the Vet Tech College’s list of “15 Animal Professors to Know.” Susan’s acclaimed online course, Living and Learning with Animals for Behavior Professionals, has provided even wider dissemination of effective, humane behavior change practices to students in over 35 countries (Behavior Works).