2021 CAAWT Conference 

2021 Conference Cover Photo

In our 2nd Annual CAAWT conference, we had Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz and Dr. T. V. Joe Layng as our keynote speakers, where they shared a couple of thought-provoking and fun presentations on improving animal welfare and training. 

 

This was an international 5-day virtual conference. We did one presentation per day, and we had four presentations at the conference. On the last day, all the speakers joined for a panel discussion and extended Q&A. The conference was held from July 14th to 18th in 2021. 

Constructional Approach to Animal Welfare and Training is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
All the profits from the conferences funded free programs that CAAWT offers for
individuals and facilities that oversees the care of animals.

Conference Program

We started each day with an opening. At the end of the opening, the host sent you a link to the presentation video, where we all watched it separately. The host also announced time to start Q&A, so please come back to the zoom meeting on the announced time.
 
From Day 1 (July 14) to Day 4 (July 17), the presentation video was about 1 to 1.5 hours long. Any extra time was added to Q&A. 
 
On Day 5 (July 18), all the speakers joined and did a panel discussion and an extended Q&A. After four days of presentations, we wanted to have this opportunity to have a deep dialogue between the speakers and the attendees.

Below was the conference schedule. These times were in U.S. Eastern Standard time. 

July 14 Wednesday

6:00pm-7:00pm  

Check in

7:00pm-7:30pm

Opening

7:30pm-9:20pm  

Maasa Nishimuta

The Constructional Approach: Influences on the Modern Era of Animal Training and Welfare

(abstract)

9:20pm-9:55pm

Q&A

9:55pm-10:00pm

Closing

July 15 Thursday

7:00pm-7:30pm 

Check in

7:30pm-7:40pm

Opening

7:40pm-9:00pm  

T. V. Joe Layng

Superimposition and Coercion

(abstract)

9:00pm-9:55pm

Q&A

9:55pm-10:00pm

Closing

July 16 Friday

7:00pm-7:30pm  

Check in

7:30pm-7:40pm

Opening

7:40pm-9:20pm  

Sean Will

Toward a Constructional Approach to Common Problems: Applications of the Affection Loop 

(abstract)

9:20pm-9:55pm

Q&A

9:55pm-10:00pm

Closing

July 17 Saturday

7:00pm-7:30pm  

Check in

7:30pm-7:40pm

Opening

7:40pm-9:20pm  

Jesús Rosales-Ruiz

From Fierce or Fearful to Friendly: A Shaping Program for Dogs, Cats, Horses and Beyond

(abstract)

9:20pm-9:55pm

Q&A

9:55pm-10:00pm

Closing

July 18 Sunday

7:00pm-7:30pm  

Check in

7:30pm-7:40pm

Opening

7:40pm-9:40pm  

Panel Discussion & Extended Q&A

with Jesús Rosales-Ruiz, T. V. Joe Layng, Sean Will, and Maasa Nishimuta

9:40pm-10:00pm

Closing