Show Don’t Tell – Games for Teaching Complex Ideas (without Delving into the Science)


Premack, shaping, quadrants, reinforcement strategies, marker words … for most pet owners, all these words sound a bit like gobbledygook. But the strategies behind them are powerful – so how do you help them benefit from the methods without understanding the science?

We’ll cover 11 ideas – a mix of games and concepts – that can help pet owners understand the “important pieces” of training, without long “boring” explanations. Drop the fancy titles and help them get to training! Games include ideas for helping increase reinforcement, helping them practice in class without the repetition becoming boring, and teaching them to break things down while building up important behaviors … no glazed-over student eyes involved!


This class will consist of games you can play with a group class to build understanding and ideas for explaining complex concepts in ways the layperson will understand. Games include working on:

  • loose leash walking
  • convincing people to up their use of reinforcement
  • a method for “no-fail” proofing
  • explaining why students shouldn’t move too fast or name a behavior too early
  • Premack, pet style

Section 7: Go Teach! Strategies, Lesson Plans, and Organization

Scheduled to run

Jan. 19, 2020


Melissa Breau

Core Class

Approved IAABC CEUs


Approved CCPDT CEUs