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Speaker Spotlight: Bob Bailey and Jean Donaldson

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Date: July 21, 2009

Author: Stephanie Colman

July 21, 2009 - I first heard of Bob Bailey when a trainer friend mentioned something called “Chicken Camp.” It was several years later before I had the opportunity to attend a session of Chicken Camp myself, and I consider myself extremely fortunate to have done so.

Bob, graciously unassuming, is a wealth of information. I could sit and listen to him speak for hours on end. His work with the Brelands and Animal Behavior Enterprises has had a profound impact on the way animals are trained today. I know of no other trainer with a background as varied as his.  From dancing chickens to top-secret “spy cats” sauntering along and collecting vital information via cochlear implants, it seems that Bob has done it all. I’ve often said that had I gone all the way to Chicken Camp and never actually touched a chicken, the opportunity to soak up so many wonderful stories and so much information from Bob Bailey would’ve been well worth the price of admission. (And as I say that, I can hear him groan as he reminds me that training is a mechanical skill, so of course I need to work with a chicken!)

In all my years as a seminar junkie, I’ve not yet had the opportunity to see Jean Donaldson in person. I’ve long since been a fan of her written work and often drool over the idea of one day attending the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers. Under her leadership, this program has no doubt helped create wonderful trainers who are helping countless dogs and their owners live better lives.

The opportunity to listen in on a free-flowing exchange of information between these two brilliant training minds will no doubt be a conference hit, and is definitely one you won’t want to miss!




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