Ball Feelings: Cocktails and the Conditioned Emotional Response


What do you do on Friday nights?

How dreamy would it be to hang out, have glass of wine (or maybe a margarita), and talk about dog training with me for the evening?

What if we invited a few more super nerdy dog training friends over to join us?

On Friday, May 25th, my friend, and colleague, the board-certified animal behaviorist, Lindsay Wood Brown (who you may remember from podcast episode #36) will be joining me for drinks and an in-depth discussion on one of our favorite topics: The Conditioned Emotional Response.

She’ll be hanging out at my house (so neither of us has to drive), but you can join us virtually.

It’s not really a webinar, and it’s not really a book club… but it’s guaranteed to be a lot of fun and VERY nerdy.

The format will be similar to my other virtual workshops, but no slides at all this time. There is a little reading for you to do in advance, and then we’ll hang out, have a drink and talk CERs.


The #ballfeelings homework provides an eloquent explanation of the interplay between classical and operant conditioning, with applicable examples in both text and video form. Lindsay and Hannah operationalize the Conditioned Emotional Response in a way that allows for us to make more informed decisions about our practical training. It stands alone as an excellent piece, and has laid the foundation for what I’m sure will be an excellent event! I will be there, glass in hand!

-Aimee Bonnain KPA-CTP

How It Works:

After signing up, you’ll receive a little homework material to prepare for the discussion.

The material includes some reading with bespoke/artisanal diagrams (handmade by moi), a few videos, and maybe a controversial idea or two?

Think of any questions you have, either generated by the reading material or things you’ve always wondered.

And you can either leave those in advance in the virtual classroom (using the “ask a question” feature) or hold on to them and ask them while we are live on camera.

On May 25th, we’ll hold our live event where we can all hang out together (on the internet). We’ll talk about the concepts, explore some examples, and answer your questions… basically, we’ll spend a couple hours geeking out about behavior!

The event is recorded and you can watch it back anytime by going right back to the same link.

About Lindsay:

Lindsay Wood Brown is a board-certified Associate Applied Animal Behaviorist (ACAAB) with a master’s degree in Animal Behavior.  She specializes in finding solutions for behavior conditions and consults for animal shelters on the design and implementation of behavior programs, effective behavior modification methods, and the development of robust operational strategies to achieve behavioral health for animals within the shelter environment.

Lindsay teaches seminars and workshops around the country and serves as a faculty member for Karen Pryor Academy and  Clicker Expo.  She offers coaching and 1:1 mentorship opportunities for behavior consultants.

Lindsay has a long history of leadership and building high functioning teams within animal shelters.  She served as the Director of Operations for Lynchburg Humane Society (LHS), an open-admission animal shelter located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  Her role at Lynchburg Humane included the oversight of all shelter operations, with a strong focus on behavior and behavior modification to increase the number of animal lives saved and successfully rehomed.

Lindsay served for 8 years as the Director of Animal Training and Behavior for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Boulder, Colorado.  She developed Boulder Humane’s Training and Behavior Department, including their comprehensive behavior modification program, which focuses on rehabilitating dogs with specific behavior conditions, including resource-guarding, fearful behavior, body-handling sensitivities, separation anxiety, and dog-dog aggression.  Lindsay also developed the Humane Society of Boulder Valley’s curricula for a wide array of positive reinforcement, clicker training classes for community members.


I really enjoyed your workshop and the homework before. It was great just breaking it down and practicing the mechanics. It was also a good experience to not be in autopilot with my mechanics and have to focus and concentrate with what I’m doing and step back into the shoes of a learner, just like someone who is learning how to use a clicker with dogs for the first time ever. Thank you for that and for your podcast! My not-so-inner dog/behavior nerd has been loving it!

-Ashley Atkinson, Set It and Forget It Virtual Workshop Attendee