Guests: Dr. Chris Pachel, Kathy Sdao, Rev. Dr. Lynn Ungar, Marissa Martino, and Barrie Finger

Dr. Chris Pachel is a veterinary behaviorist and the owner of the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland (OR). Dr. Pachel lectures extensively throughout the world, teaches annual courses at several veterinary schools in the United States, and has authored multiple articles and book chapters. He is an expert witness for legal cases and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for dvm360, a veterinary publishing and education company. He is also a Vice-president of Veterinary Behavior on the leadership team for Instinct Dog Behavior and Training, as well as co-owner of Instinct Portland, which opened in the fall of 2020.

Kathy Sdao is an applied animal behaviorist. She’s been a full-time animal trainer for thirty-five years, first with marine mammals and now with dogs and their people. Kathy launched Bright Spot Dog Training in 1998; services include consulting with families about their challenging dogs and mentoring professional trainers who want to maximize the power of positive-reinforcement training. In 2012, she published her first book, Plenty in Life Is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace.

Rev. Dr. Lynn Ungar is a dog sport enthusiast, poet and Unitarian Universalist minister who lives in Vancouver, WA with her two Australian shepherds, who compete in musical freestyle, obedience, agility, rally free and rally.

Marissa Martino began her career working with canine companions after attending the Academy for Dog Trainers in 2007. Since then, Marissa has had the pleasure of working for three different animal shelters directing their behavior departments in Colorado and California. In addition to her animal welfare career, Marissa operates her private practice, Paws & Reward, in Boulder, CO. She is the author of Human-Canine Behavior Connection: Building Better Relationships Through Dog Training and hosts the Paws & Reward Podcast.

Barrie Finger, CDBC, CPDT-ka, has been supporting families with their dogs in the Denver metro area for over 20 years. Through her business, Mindful Dog Training, she combines her deep desire to treat both dogs and their humans with appreciation, compassion and insight, as well as a dedication to continuing education to more skillfully serve the needs of the families that come to her for support.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is a LIMA being?
  • How did this project evolve?
  • Why is it so hard to apply positive reinforcement principles to ourselves and other people?
  • Strategies for changing how your own behavior is reinforced.

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