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An Evening (or two!) with Bob Bailey

Although Bob Bailey is a strong believer that becoming a skilled trainer results only from hands-on practice with the animal, he has graciously agreed to two lecture- and discussion-based presentations. This was information based on Bob’s experience with a number of different animal species.

  • Day One — "Behavior Analysis: What is it, where did it come from, and how do we, as trainers, apply it?"  This three-hour presentation covered the history of behavior analysis and delved into the fundamental principles of training using operant conditioning (OC) and one of OC’s best-known applications—clicker training. If you have heard about clicker training and thought it was just a fad, this presentation was for you! If you’ve used clicker training, but would love to understand more about the science behind it and how you can use it to improve your training skills, this presentation was for you. Bob’s highly regarded knowledge and training accomplishments with a multitude of species gave new insights into animal training. No prior knowledge of clicker training or behavior analysis was required. The format was lecture, video, and discussion.

  • Day Two — "Today’s Animal Training: Putting Applied Behavior Analysis to Work." This three-hour presentation focused on applying the fundamentals of behavior analysis to actual training projects. Bob presented training projects from his career, described how training plans were designed and implemented, and challenged attendees to test their planning skills. No prior knowledge of clicker training or behavior analysis was required to attend; however, this presentation assumed that you had the understanding of fundamentals and experience in applying them in the real world.

Bob BaileyWho is Bob Bailey?

Bob and his late wife, Marian Breland Bailey, are internationally respected animal trainers who were talked out of retirement in the early 1990s by trainers who knew their work. Their highly regarded Operant Conditioning Workshops (aka Chicken Camps) sold out each year, attended by novice and experienced dog trainers from around the world. With over 40 years’ experience with behavior analysis and clicker training, Bob has had broad influence on animal trainers from a wide variety of professions: marine mammal trainers, zookeepers, the U.S. Department of Defense, service dog trainers, pet dog trainers and, of course, performance dog trainers (especially the world of agility). For an expanded biography, photos, and articles, go to and click on the "Special Event" in the box on the left side of the home page.

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