Fifty Shades Deeper: The Sequel to Arousal

MORE arousal! Or, maybe, less arousal? What does it mean and, more importantly, what does it even look like? This talk builds on the concepts from Arousal: Science, Not Sex and dives deeper into how we can apply our understanding of arousal to meet our training goals. Do we have an arousal problem—or a training problem with behavior we’ve labeled “stressed” or “aroused?” How do conditions and consequences increase or reduce aroused behavior? What’s the role of antecedent arrangement in training for more or less arousal? Can we be strategic about our use of conditions to facilitate the level of arousal we want in behavior? How do the reinforcers we apply impact aroused behavior? Let’s unpack some ABCs and training strategies to find effective and efficient ways to achieve the desired behaviors.  Whether we want low arousal or high arousal, it’s all sexy, all day long.

Lindsay Wood Brown

Lindsay Wood Brown,  is a board-certified applied animal behaviorist (ACAAB) and a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) with a master's degree in psychology and a concentration in animal behavior from Hunter College. Lindsay works at Karen Pryor Academy  as a Course Developer and has been a member of the  KPA faculty member since 2012. She specializes in resolving behavior conditions and consults for animal shelters on the design and implementation of behavior programs, effective modification methods for a range of behavior conditions, and development of robust operational strategies to achieve behavioral health within the shelter.

Lindsay served as the Director of Operations for Lynchburg Humane Society (LHS), an open-admissions 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 rehomed successfully.

Prior to her role as Director of Operations in Virginia, Lindsay served 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 the curriculum for a wide array of positive reinforcement, clicker training classes for community members. Lindsay also developed the organization's comprehensive behavior modification program, which focuses on rehabilitating dogs with specific concerns, including food-guarding, fearful behavior, body-handling sensitivities, separation anxiety, and dog-dog aggression.