Bob Bailey – Auckland 2017

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Date(s) - 14/04/2017 - 16/04/2017
09:00 - 16:30

Guide Dog Services


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Dr Robert E (Bob) Bailey

describe myself as a behavioral-systems analyst and engineer, small-businessman, field biologist, animal trainer, and teacher, not necessarily in that order.  My early years in the 1940s were spent trekking the Southern California desert collecting and studying animals. At UCLA (B.S. Biology and Chemistry) in the 1950s, I was a teaching and research assistant, studying animals in the Southwestern USA and Mexico, SCUBA diving for California Fish and Game, and surfing the California beaches. My behavior conditioning (training) experience at UCLA included crows, coyotes, and kangaroo rats in the wild, and captive cephalopods, amphibians, fishes, and reptiles.

After the US Army, I was a biochemist, (UCLA School of Medicine), and a Field Biologist (California Department of Fish and Game). I then became the US Navy Marine Mammal Program’s first Director of Training at Pt. Mugu, California, and conducted the Navy’s first open-ocean program. In 1965 I joined Animal Behavior Enterprises (ABE), in Hot Springs, Arkansas. In 1943, Keller and Marian Breland founded ABE as the first commercial enterprises using B.F. Skinner’s then newly described operant conditioning. Keller Breland died in 1965. In 1968, I became ABE’s General Manager and Chief Operating Officer. ABE’s business was worldwide in scope, and I directed the activities of 50 full-time and 50 part-time employees. Marian Breland and I married in 1976. ABE was at the forefront of developing and employing various behavioral and hardware technologies when training animals and teaching animal trainers for commerce, zoological parks, the military and police, and other governmental agencies. ABE produced animal shows for major theme parks, created TV commercials (Buck Bunny, the banking rabbit is the longest running animal commercial in USA), and trained animals for theatrical productions.  ABE personnel trained over 140 species and more than 15,000 individual animals.  ABE continued operations until 1990, when we closed our doors. Marian and I continued to teach. Marian died in 2001. I have continued to teach and consult for companies and government agencies worldwide. I was awarded the Doctor of Science Degree (Sc.D. with full academic rank, equivalent to Ph.D.) from the University of Central Arkansas in 2013 for my work in physics, chemistry, biology and psychology, and for my research and development of training programs and hardware for biological systems.

The NZ Programme is: Bob Bailey Flyer (Updated)

Note: this programme is approximate timings only and may change on the days due to questions, and practical session overruns.


Working Spots
Some Working places are available during this seminar, for any type of animal.  Please contact Karen, through our contact page, to register interest in a working spot, the type of animal that you are suggesting to work with, and its suitability to be worked in a seminar environment.

Background articles

ORCA Website: ORCA Speech 2016

SmartAnimals website: Don’t Settle for Good Enough
Youtube video: Animal Training

Conference Venue – Guide Dog Services

This workshop will be held at Foundation for the Blind – Guide Dog Services, Manurewa.

Once booking has been received an invoice will be emailed.  Payment to be made through on-line banking or cheque within 7 days of invoice.

Payments by installments can be requested by emailing us and suggesting a  payment schedule to be completed by 28 Feb 2017.

Confirmation will be emailed once total seminar payment has been received. Reminder notification will be sent out prior to the seminar to the registered email address only.

If cancellation by purchaser occurs, a refund will be given in the following situations:
Full refund (less a $45 admin fee) one month prior or greater;
A 50% refund will be given for notification between 15 and 30 days prior;
No refunds will be given for cancellations 14 days or less prior to the seminar, or for non attendance.

Cancellation Policy
The organiser of this conference reserves the right to cancel, postpone or change any portion of the conference due to any unforeseen circumstances. In the event of cancellation, the conference will refund any registration fees but is not responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses to participants, including cancellations or charges assessed by airlines and travel agencies.

Photography and Videoing at Seminar
Attendees are not permitted to take any photographs or video’s during this seminar.


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