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The Convergence of Human Training, Animal Training and Technology

  • 07 Jul 2018
  • 9:00 AM (PDT)
  • 08 Jul 2018
  • 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle WA, 750 N. 50th Street, Seattle, WA 98103


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Attention people teachers and trainers! Attention animal trainers! Your worlds are about to collide in a truly phenomenal way. Join us in scenic Seattle in July to learn from the best in both fields. Your skills and knowledge will jump to the next level when you hear what these visionaries have to teach you. The best lessons are taught to us by our students, and you'll hear about the insights that top teachers and trainers have gained from dogs, children with intellectual disabilities, whales, elite athletes, surgeons and more.

If that's not enough awesomeness for one conference, you'll also be blown away by the technology available and in development to help with data collection, reinforcement, machine learning, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and more.

This is an unprecedented opportunity to expand your horizons and find out what's going on at the leading edge of human and animal training. Expand your thinking and skills beyond the bounds of experience from working in one field.

Join the Facebook event for pre-conference info and discussion. Ask us questions!

This event is brought to you by RYANO and TAGteach International.

You should come if...

  • You're a Behavior Analyst
  • You're a TAGteacher
  • You're an animal trainer
  • You're a sport coach, classroom teacher, business leader or other teacher or manager of people
  • You're a parent
  • You're fascinated by behavior
  • You're interested in being on the leading edge of teaching, training and technology as applied to these

Continuing Education

12.5 CEUS approved from:


4 CEUS approved from CNWI

BACB - 15 Type 2 CEUs (1 Ethics & 14 Type-2)

Navigation Behavior Consulting is an Approved Continuing Education (ACE) provider and the BACB does not endorse this event.

CE Instructor: Ryan O'Donnell, MS, BCBA
BACB Certification: BCBA
BACB Qualification: Is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in good standing
CE Target Audience: Behavior Analysts in Practice, including but not limited to those with credentials from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).


This is a short list of confirmed speakers (in no particular order). Hold onto your hats, because this line up will blow your socks off!

Theresa McKeon

Ken Ramirez

Carl Binder

Vicci Tucci

Steve White

Jen White

Lisa Clifton-Bumpass

Susan Friedman

Joey Iversen

Martha Gabler

Amy Sutherland

Ryan O'Donnell

Joe Layng

Megan Miller

Amy Evans

Andy Chavez

Annie Esclante


We've asked our speakers to tailor their talks to our theme of the convergence of animal and human training. There is a lot that animal trainers can learn from human trainers and vice versa. Our human learners can (mostly) talk to us and tell us what they like and what they don't. They are more forgiving than animals in some ways and less forgiving in others. Our animal learners talk to us only with their behavior and so reading body language is an essential skill in animal training that human trainers can benefit from too. This is the first event of its kind which brings human and animal trainers together for the express purpose of aligning our practice, and that integrates leading edge technology both in the delivery and the subject matter. We're excited and we expect a fabulous response to this unprecedented event!

Streaming spots

We've made sure that you can log in online and watch the events as they occur throughout the day. The livestream quality depends on the venue - so if you're signing up early, know that we guarantee the on-demand video 30-days after the event. We expect a high quality livestream at the zoo facility as they have top notch tech there.

Each participant will also receive access to a recording of the event for 30 days only after the event. This will be a link to stream it to your device. We will not be sending out CDs. It's a perfect option if you're already committed when we're holding the live event but still want to join the community and movement. Each presentation will also come along with materials that allow you to immediately use the skills and create your personal action plan.

PLEASE NOTE: you must register before the event to get access to the livestream and recording for 30 days. We will most likely not be selling the recording after the fact.


*Streaming is best with a dedicated direct line. Although the event can be streamed through 4G and LTE and wireless connections, it's recommended that you plan to attend with a direct ethernet connection with at least 5Mb/s connection. We're glad to answer any questions about this at the contact information above. All attendees will receive a recording of the event as a part of registration. Data usages may apply and are your sole responsibility.


Regular Pricing - Begins Apr 20

Professional Online: $320

TAGteacher Online: $270
TAGteachers: you'll get the discount automatically if you login with the same email you use for your TAGteach membership - must be a current member

Student Online: $170

Students: send proof of enrollment (screen shot of you logged in to your school account will do) to joan@tagteach.com to get the discount code

Registered Charities

We want to help you out if you're a struggling charity trying to do good in the world!

The charity discount is the same as the early bird price. If it's still in the early bird time period please register without a discount code.

After April 19 there will be a charity discount that is the same as the early bird price ($50 off).

Please send an email to joan@tagteach.com with your name, the name of your organization, your website and your Federal, State or Provincial charity registration ID number, to obtain the discount code.

TAGteach and RYANO reserve the right to refuse the charity discount for any reason.


Holy lions and tigers people, we're going to the ZOO! We'll be holding this event at the Woodland park Zoo in Seattle. We think this is venue is very apropos for this training event. The room is fantastic, they have the technology to support our livestream and the food will be terrific.

Click here for more info about the zoo: https://www.zoo.org

The registration for this event is right here on this page that you're on now. The zoo is just the venue, they don't have any additional info or registration at their site.



Time Start Time End Speaker

8:30:00 AM 9:15:00 AM Registration
9:30:00 AM 10:20:00 AM Theresa McKeon
Keynote Address - An Opened Door
10:25:00 AM 11:15:00 AM Susan Friedman
Eyes to See, Ears to Hear, Behavior to....?
11:15:00 AM 11:30:00 AM BREAK
11:30:00 AM 12:20:00 PM Megan Miller
Traditional Escape Extinction: Ethical Considerations and a Review of Alternatives
12:25:00 PM 1:15:00 PM Joey Iversen
How to Turn Your Teacher/Coach into a TAGteacher
1:15:00 PM 2:45:00 PM LUNCH
2:45:00 PM 3:35:00 PM Carl Binder
Accomplishment Based Performance Improvement
3:40:00 PM 4:30:00 PM Amy Evans
A case for embracing data science
4:30:00 PM 4:45:00 PM BREAK
4:45:00 PM 5:35:00 PM Martha Gabler
TAGteach for Autism IS the Convergence of Human and Animal Training
5:40:00 PM 6:30:00 PM Amy Sutherland


9:30:00 AM 10:20:00 AM Ken Ramirez
Real World Training: "The Animals are the Easy Part"
10:25:00 AM 11:15:00 AM Joe Layng
AI, Big Data, and Machine Learning: Implications for Human and Animal Training
11:15:00 AM 11:30:00 AM BREAK
11:30:00 AM 12:20:00 PM Vicci Tucci
Programming for Generativity with Animals and Humans
12:25:00 PM 1:15:00 PM Steve White, Jen White and Lisa Clifton-Bumpass
The Training Triad®—Raising Training to the Power of Three
1:15:00 PM 2:45:00 PM LUNCH
2:45:00 PM 3:35:00 PM Steve White, Jen White and Lisa Clifton-Bumpass
Asset Based Team Training, Goal Directed Culture Change
3:40:00 PM 4:30:00 PM Ryan O'Donnell, Annie Esclanate and Andy Chavez
Teaching within virtual reality environments
4:30:00 PM 4:45:00 PM BREAK
4:45:00 PM 5:45:00 PM Panel Discussion

This is a pre-sale announcement so that you can be sure to get in at the early bird price. We'll let you know about the specific details as soon as we have that locked down.

Money back Guarantee

As with all TAGteach events, this one comes with a 100% satisfaction 30-day money back guarantee. If you attend the entire event and you're not satisfied, let us know within 30 days and we'll refund as much of your money as you request. You'll be the first person in over 150 events ever to request us to honor this.

OFFER: 50% Off Intro to TAGteach Online Course

We are offering a package deal of 50% off the Introduction to TAGteach Online Course with registration to this conference (save $150) if you wish to learn more about TAGteach or obtain your Level 1 TAGteach certification. An additional $75 fee applies for certification assessment.

Click here to see the full list of certification requirements.

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