Key figures

Learn more about the key figures, how they contributed to the film, and how operant conditioning can make your life better.

Marian and Keller

Keller Breland & Marian Breland Bailey

Students and research assistants of B.F. Skinner; the first to use operant conditioning technology for commercial purposes; established Animal Behavior Enterprises, the first science-based animal training company, in 1947.


Dr. Julie S. Vargas

Daughter of B.F. Skinner, founder of the B.F. Skinner Foundation, teacher, and behavior analyst.

Bob Bailey

Robert E. Bailey, ScD

First director of training for the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Training Program, vice president and general manager of Animal Behavior Enterprises, scientist, inventor, trainer of thousands of animals of multiple species, and teacher of those who want to be better trainers.

Simon Prins

Simon Prins

Police officer, speaker, innovator, animal trainer and behaviorist.

Susan Garrett

Susan Garrett

Dog trainer, canine sports instructor and competitor.

Alexandra Kurland

Alexandra Kurland

Horse trainer, speaker, teacher, and author.

cheryl trotter

Cheryl Trotter

Dog trainer and teacher.