CCC webinar descriptions and speakers’ bios

Read below about the amazing CCC conference speakers that are featured in the CCC webinar series, spring 2021!

CCC webinars so far:
Chirag Patel – Bucket Game, Out Of The Bucket
Carrie Davis – Training Snakes! Choice & Control for Every Individual
Annette Pedersen – We Can and We Will… Choices For Welfare At Copenhagen Zoo
Panel Discussion – Chirag Patel, Carrie Davis, Annette Pedersen, Eva Bertilsson
Emelie Johnson Vegh & Catja Pedersen – Cooperative Care for Kids
Tess Erngren – Scary Dog? Learners in Control with TAGteach
Panel Discussion – Emelie Johnson Vegh, Catja Pedersen, Tess Erngren, Eva Bertilsson

Eva Bertilsson

Organizer and host of the Choice Control & Communication events, and panel discussion moderator!

Eva Bertilsson (she/her) works in the collaboration Carpe Momentum together with Emelie Johnson Vegh. Their goal is to help people acquire knowledge and skills in science-based, modern, humane, and empowering teaching strategies for the benefit of learners of all species. Within Carpe Momentum she teaches seminars on the general principles of behavior and learning, coaches trainers in the skill of creating great training sessions regardless of venue or species. Eva achieved her master’s degree in behavior analysis from Oslo Metropolitan University in 2016, and is a board member of the Swedish Association for Behavior Analysis. She is dedicated to connecting communities, teaching the principles of behavior analysis to animal trainers, and teaching animal training strategies to people working with humans. Previously a school teacher and an avid dog sports competitor, she is nowadays fully occupied with behavior consultations and a wide variety of educational endeavors.

Eva loves networking and connecting people and ideas; she is a FearFree(TM) speaker, she hosts events introducing international presenters to the Swedish audience, and she is the initiator and host of the Scandinavian CCC conference (where the three C:s stand for Choice, Control and Communication). Her latest joint venture has just launched: The international web shop, with products and online learning opportunities for behavior nerds. Together with Emelie, she published the book Agility Right From the Start (Sunshine Books, 2010). The book outlines the colleagues’ philosophy and structured approach to training, making it a worthy read not only for agility enthusiasts. Eva has been part of the Clicker Expo faculty for many years, teaching together with Emelie. “E&E” also introduced TAGteach to Scandinavia in 2005 and were the first European TAGteach faculty.




Instagram: @evacarpemomentum

Podcasts with Eva:
Animal Training Academy, about concepts of choice & control and about ccc2019

Chirag Patel

The Bucket Game – Out of the Bucket!

A set-up designed to empower the learner.

A trainer with a fantastic an eye for the details that matter. 

A session that invites you to an exploration of all the aspects that make up this simple yet powerful game. 

With The Bucket Game, internationally respected trainer and behavior consultant Chirag Patel created a game that makes training fun and easy for both trainer and learner. This game was initially designed to teach essential husbandry behaviors (those behaviors that allow your animal to actively participate in their daily and veterinary care), but can be integrated in many situations in your every day training.
What might not be obvious at the first glance are all the thought-through details that go into this training, making it user friendly also for novice trainers while honing the learner’s voice in every aspect of the game. In this session, Chirag will share the ins and outs of the Bucket Game and demonstrate what training can look like when we truly listen to our learners.

Chirag Patel (he/him) entered the field professionally in 2004 and has since become a leading figure in the profession internationally. He consults on the behaviour management and training of all animals living under human care (including domestic and wild ones). He is highly sought after for work with high profile private clients, organisations as well as teaching workshops and presenting at conferences. Chirag has been an expert on a number of TV shows including on BBC 1’s TV Series Nightmare Pets SOS and more recently 5 Stars’ Cats and Dogs at War has given TV interviews worldwide.

Chirag is passionate about the application of ethical behaviour change science to improve the life of animals living under human care by teaching animals to be active participants in their own daily and veterinary care in a low-stress manner. The goal is to empower all learners including the human ones.

Chirag earned his BSc(Hons) in Veterinary Sciences from the Royal Veterinary College in London and a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln, UK. He also holds an Advanced diploma in practical aspects of companion animal behaviour and training from the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology. In 2005, Chirag completed an internship in dog behaviour and training with a focus on aggressive behaviour under the mentorship of Jean Donaldson at the San Francisco SPCA and developed his understanding and skills in puppy training under the mentorship of Ian Dunbar PhD, BVetMed, MRCVS. Chirag has taken various classes and courses in Applied Behaviour Analysis and currently continues to do so in the fields of Applied Behaviour Analysis and Clinical Animal Behaviour.

Chirag is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK (00923) and has previously served on their committee.  He has also been invited and accepted as a Certified Parrot Behaviour Consultant (CPBC), with the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC). And is registered as an Accredited Animal Behaviourist with The Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC). He was invited to join the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), Animal Training Focus group as the scientific officer and external consultant in 2015, which he did until 2021.

Chirag’s currents and previous clients include A-List celebrities, other high profile clients and leading organisations such as Guides Dogs for the Blind Association UK, The Kong Company, various police dog units, humane societies, research facilities, zoos and aquariums.

Previously Chirag has worked for Dogs Trust as Assistant Head of Canine Training & Behaviour.  Managed the Animal Behaviour Centre at Dr Roger Mugford’s Company of Animals in Chertsey, Surrey. He has also held a post at the University of Lincoln, as a research technician responsible for the training of Rats and Degus in a sponsored odour discrimination and Indiction project. In addition to this Chirag worked in veterinary practices part-time for over 6 years. 

Chirag also has an internationally selling DVD called ‘From Brain to Bite: understanding, managing and modifying aggressive behaviour in dogs”. His YouTube Channel that has accumulated over a million views and provides free resources for pet owners and professionals, you can access this channel by clicking here




Instagram: @ChiragPatelConsulting

Twitter: @ChiragP06714840


Chirag is also the organizer of the biannual WOOF! conference, next time hosted in December 2022.

Listen to this podcast with Chirag Patel by Animal Training Academy!

Carrie Davis

Training Snakes? Choice & Control for All Individuals!

How do you train a snake and what are the benefits? Can training improve quality of life and decrease stress for reptiles in human care? How can we objectively measure what a stressed animal looks like? Carrie Davis and Reptelligence aim to answer these questions and more. Through re-designing habitats to give more options for choice and control over how and when they behave, offering both natural and non-natural feeding enrichment that allows ectotherms to go through their entire foraging action patterns, and using operant conditioning with non-food reinforcers for a variety of training, a marked difference in the body language of snakes when in hand as well as in habitat has been found.

In this session, Carrie will discuss how training and enrichment is good for both ectotherms and their caretakers’ well being. We will look at the importance of natural history, ecology and reading body language and how behavioral and environmental enrichment can help identify behavior motivators and reinforcers. We will look at potential non food reinforcers and look at training examples.

Carrie Davis (she/her) is an international animal training consultant, educator and innovator. She brings two decades of experience working as a professional animal trainer and zookeeper. She has worked for AZA accredited zoos including The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens and the San Diego Zoo as well as numerous nonprofit organizations, rescues and animal sanctuaries.

Carrie co-founded Reptelligence in 2013 with Alex Konold, an organization that strives to be a catalyst for introducing innovative enrichment options and accessible, choice based, minimally aversive training techniques for reptiles and other non-furred and non-feathered animals in human care. She is the Director of Behavior and Education of Reptelligence and currently co-directs the project with Peter Amelia.

She is passionate about improving the well-being for captive animals and their caretakers through allowing and motivating a full expression of their individual behavioral repertoire. Carrie lives in Joshua Tree, California, USA with two dogs, Skyla and Bam and an Australian Woma Python named Magnolia.



Facebook page:

Facebook group:


Listen to this podcast with Carrie Davis (Kish) by ccc2019 partner Animal Training Academy!

Podcast at Animal Training Academy

Podcast at Driking From The Toilet:

Reptile Chat with Eduardo Fernandez and Peter Amelia:

Article in the IAABC journal:

Annette Pedersen

“We Can And We Will…” Choices For Welfare At Copenhagen Zoo

In 1987 the reinforcement-based training took its first steps in Copenhagen Zoo. Since then, it has grown to become a bigger and bigger part of the animal medical, husbandry and daily management training.

In this presentation I will take you through some of the challenges, impacts and unexpected benefits this new era have had on a variation of species – domestics and exotics, from insects to Elephants.

Annette Pedersen (she(her) started as a keeper trainee at Copenhagen Zoo in 1989 as a part of the Danish keepers’ education. After finishing her education in 1992, she got hired for the marine mammal section (Harbor seals and California sea lions), which also housed other animals like penguins, Malayan tapirs, babirusas, etc. Here she helped developing the marine mammal training program until 2008, where she moved to the Elephant section working on transferring the elephants from free contact to protected contact (PC). Later that same year she got the position as Animal Training Coordinator of Copenhagen Zoo.

Since 2008 her job has been to develop/expand the training skills of the keepers at Copenhagen Zoo, as well as managing animal behavior and training within a variety of species and challenges.

Since 2009 she helped develop the Danish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (DAZA) animal training course, which is still held once a year in Denmark.

She serves the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) as Chair for the Animal Training Working Group and as member of the Animal Welfare Working Group. She is also an instructor for the EAZA animal training courses under the EAZA Academy. In 2014-2016 she served on the board of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA).


Copenhagen Zoo



Listen to a podcast with Annette Pedersen by Animal Training Academy!

Here are more podcasts with Annette:

Emelie Johnson Vegh & Catja Pedersen

 Cooperative Care for Kids

In the animal training community, discussions and training of husbandry behaviors with a cooperative approach and the use of start button contingencies have been all the rage for some time now.

In this talk, Catja and Emelie will explore this topic with human young learners.

Drawing on their own experiences as parents the duo will present different areas of husbandry skills, take a look at reinforcement procedures and share some stumbling blocks and revelations.

Emelie Johnson Vegh (she/her) works in the collaboration Carpe Momentum together with Eva Bertilsson. Their goal is to help people acquire knowledge and skills in science-based, modern, humane, and empowering teaching strategies for the benefit of learners of all species. Within Carpe Momentum she teaches seminars on the general principles of behavior and learning, coaches trainers in the skill of creating great training sessions regardless of venue or species.

Emelie lives with her husband, their three kids and two dogs. She enjoys many different other sports and finding ways of breaking them down and teaching them to others, both adults and children. Her goal is to make learning accessible, interesting, and fun! As a dog trainer, Emelie has experience from a variety of venues and has competed in various dog sports with several dogs of various breeds. Currently, she’s working with her young Field Golden retriever Tessa, getting her ready for a number of different sports.

Set up for success, break the skill down and make sure to ensure R +, whether it has to do with teaching your dog to heel, yourself to get into a running regime or helping your child learn to structure their homework! Emelie studied to be a teacher in Swedish and English at Lund University, together with further studies of both linguistics and children’s literature. She writes fiction for adults and has published a series of children’s books with some focus on positive reinforcement training. She also works as a translator and editor, reveling in finding ways to tell stories and make information available to a great many people. Together with Eva, she published the book Agility Right From the Start (Sunshine Books, 2010). The book outlines the colleagues’ philosophy and structured approach to training, making it a worthy read not only for agility enthusiasts. Emelie has been part of the Clicker Expo faculty for many years, teaching together with Eva. “E&E” also introduced TAGteach to Scandinavia in 2005 and were the first European TAGteach faculty.




Instagram: @emeliecarpe

Catja Pedersen is an avid clicker trainer who runs dog training business Canis Silkeborg and is passionate about spreading the word of clicker training.  Shaping, off-cue behaviors, doggie-zen and providing choice to the learner are some of her core topics. The learners she works with are mainly dogs and their owners, although as a mother she does quite a lot of training with her son to.

Catja gives seminars online and workshops both in Denmark and internationally. She has competed succesfully in the highest level of obedience, tracking and search and rescue, and has also been working with drug detection. Always eager to learn more, Catja tries her very best to take part in all kind of workshops, seminars and conferences that has anything to do with behavior analysis. The community of training and behavior analysis is her favorite place to be.


Canis Silkenborg

Tess Erngren

Scary Dog? Learners in control with TAGteach

Choice and control is important for humans, too!

In this powerful presentation, Tess shares how she implements TAGteach when helping people reduce their fear of dogs (or spiders).

The presentation includes case studies, factors to consider when creating a training plan, and videos of the practical training.

“Tess’ presentation is one of the most impressive I’ve seen, in all my years as a teacher and trainer. WOW this is how set up for learning and for joy!” /CCC 2018 attendee

Tess Erngren (she/her) is a professional dog behaviorist, TAG-teacher and the owner of GoodDog in Oslo.

With the business motto “be your dog’s best friend” her main focus is on improving dog and human relationships, and is to excel at this currently studying psychology. In GoodDog Academy she educates dog instructors and behaviour specialists, plus specializes in working with people with fear of dogs.

Tess has also taken part in several socialization projects on wolves and brown bears.