Methodology Statement / All Behavior Tech Courses offered by K9Sensus are designed to advance the student’s understanding of the
science of behavior, and to provide the practical skills they’ll need to be successful in the field.
The Behavior Technology Courses will not only advance a student’s understanding of the science of behavior; they will emphasize the application of the science. The BehavTech Courses’scientific principles are recognized in the field of experimental behavior analysis. The application of the science of experimental behavior analysis (i.e., its technology) is called applied behavior analysis. Behavioral Technology Course content – including lectures, hands-on training, and discussion – take an objective, scientific method approach (cause and effect) to the analysis of behavior rather than an anecdotal or subjective approach.
The aim of the Behavioral Technology course series is to 1) provide educational material that challenges the student’s preconceptions about learning and offer a more comprehensive picture of learning processes and 2) to immerse the student in an environment that requires the student apply theoretical knowledge effectively.
K9Sensus is not a certifying or evaluating agency; however, we firmly believe that rigorous testing legitimizes and holds training to a high standard. We strongly encourage certification of all K9 resources to meet or exceed national standards, and hold our educational programs to those same standards.
MA, CPDTKA, CDBC
Meet Your Instructor
Parvene Farhoody holds a PhD in Learning Processes and Behavior Analysis from an Association of Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)-approved behavior analysis program at Queens College in New York City. She has also been a trainer and behavior consultant for multiple species for 26 years through her organization, Behavior Matters, Inc., also based in New York City.
• Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers – Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA; former president; former chairperson of the exam committee; )
• International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants – Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC)
• Association for Behavior Analysis International (member)
• Animal Behavior Society (member)
• Animal Behavior Management Alliance (member)
Dr. Farhoody has taught in the public and private school systems (K–12) and has served as an Adjunct Professor at Queens College, teaching classes in experimental behavior analysis and the application of behavior analysis in animal training. In addition, she has conducted numerous seminars and workshops in the United States and Europe designed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of teaching across species. Her work has always concentrated on bridging the gap between the work conducted in an experimental laboratory setting (the lab) and the applied work that is conducted in real-world situations (the field).
Since 2004, when Dr. Farhoody was first introduced to and inspired by the work of Keller and Marian Breland, she has been working with chickens in a way that directly follows the Brelands’ procedures. In 2012, after several years of continuous study, she began teaching others a combination of the applied work taught by the Brelands (how) and her own curriculum, which is committed to explaining the Brelands’ work and how it derived from the experimental analysis of behavior (why).
Since 2012, she has included chickens as a behavior model for teaching scientific principles and improving trainers’ technical skills in approximately half of the U.S. and European workshops in which she taught.
"I’ve worked with K9Sensus in various canine search disciplines over the ten years I’ve been involved with them, especially in the disaster arena. The organization is knowledgeable and generous with their knowledge. They are driven and hardworking. They are honorable and straightforward dog handlers, trainers, and instructors – and excellent communicators.
Most of all, they have a passion for working dogs."
Virginia Task Force One
Virginia Search & Rescue Dog Association