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A Brief History of Corporal Punishment presented by Jean Donaldson

  • 05 Jul 2017
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
  • Live Webinar

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Presented by Jean Donaldson

CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (pending), IAABC 1


“Know Your Enemy.”  This webinar zooms out from our day to day fight against the use of aversives in dog training to the broader context of the use of aversives by humans on other humans.  It will survey the use of corporal punishment over recorded human history, where we currently stand, and outline the research on the adaptive significance of the human tendency to use punishment.  Understanding the human tendency to punish will help us combat it.

Learning Objectives

  • Appreciation of the pervasiveness of the use of aversive stimuli by humans and its various contexts
  • Knowledge of the arc over time of the prevalence of use of corporal punishment in human culture
  • Recognition of the parallel attitudes regarding corporal punishment use on family members to those we in the force-free training movement experience
  • Improved understanding of the evolutionary roots of punishment


About The Presenter


Jean is the founder and principle instructor of The Academy for Dog Trainers. The Academy has trained and certified over 600 trainers in evidence-based dog behavior, training and private behavior counseling since 1999. She is a four-time winner of The Dog Writers' Association of America's Maxwell Award, and her books include The Culture Clash, Mine! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs, Fight! A Guide to Dog-Dog Aggression, Dogs Are From Neptune, Oh Behave! Dogs From Pavlov to Premack to Pinker, and Train Like a Pro.

Born in Montreal, Canada, Jean founded the Montreal Flyball Association, and Renaissance Dog Training, the first positive reinforcement-based school and counseling service in the province. Her own dogs and dogs she has trained have earned numerous titles and wins in various dog sports including OTCh (Obedience Trial Champion), UD (Utility Dog), TDX (Tracking Dog Excellent), FDCh (Flyball Champion), CGC (Canine Good Citizen) and HIT (High In Trial). While a student, she worked as an adoption counselor at the Montreal SPCA and later served on its Board of Directors. Before founding The Academy, Jean did exclusively referral aggression cases for six years. She lives in Oakland with her dog, Brian, adopted in 2015.

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