Learn to train dogs better … with chickens!

May 27, 2007

Train your chicken!Legendary dog-trainer and author Terry Ryan draws people from around the world who want to learn to train, learn new ways to train, or improve their training techniques. A couple years ago, on a trip to Seattle, I took a side trip over to Sequim to visit Ryan’s Legacy training center, and left wishing I could have stayed longer.

Legacy is well-known for its seminars on operant conditioning, using chickens. They’ve been popular for years, and Terry Ryan just sent me an e-mail to ask us to spread the word that there are a few openings left in upcoming sessions. The class is taught by Bob Bailey, and everyone I know who has ever taken it left with more than a chicken. (Yes, adopting your chicken is possible.)

Here’s more information. It’s a great time of year to be in Sequim, too. You may never want to leave.

Filed under: behavior and training,pets, connected — Gina Spadafori @ 4:10 pm


  1. Terry Ryan is a great teacher and lots of fun. I attended a seminar with her in my town. One day was focused on modifying unwanted behaviors. The second day was how to use games to replace basic drills of obedience training. It’s easy to use the games in your group training.

    Comment by Donna — May 27, 2007 @ 5:24 pm

  2. Chicken Camp in Sequim!!!! Fun!!!!!

    Comment by Deb — May 28, 2007 @ 3:50 am

  3. Bob Bailey’s late wife Marian Breland-Bailey was one of the last graduate students of BF Skinner (known for his theories of Operant Conditioning upon which clicker training is based). It’s like a little piece of history (not to mention how much you’ll learn) and if any of you have the inclination and the opportunity to attend a “Bailey Chicken Camp”, it is not to be missed!

    Comment by The OTHER Pat — May 28, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

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