Freeing Crabs from the Bucket: Reaching Our Potential by Recognizing Others – GOATS 2024


The metaphor of "Crabs in a Bucket" vividly depicts the practice of hindering others' progress or success to propel oneself forward, which ultimately holds back the entire group. This metaphor is particularly relevant to the training and behavior industry. This in-depth commentary discusses the importance of crediting intellectual property, defining plagiarism, and highlighting its impact on individuals and the industry. It also addresses common challenges and misconceptions about proper citation and credit options and provides valuable resources to help individuals learn how to attribute intellectual property appropriately. By freeing the crabs from the bucket and allowing them to fulfill their potential, practitioners can advance the animal training industry and freely contribute to a diverse world of information sharing. Learn how promoting ethical practices and supporting the work of our predecessors can create a brighter future for animal trainers and the industry.

PS My apologies for the "Zoom" black boxes that made for some visual distractions! I hope the content still stands as helpful 🙂

Presented by: Barbara Heidenreich

Barbara Heidenreich is a zoologist and, an animal training and behavior consultant specializing in exotic animals. She consults worldwide, working with zoos, universities, veterinary professionals, and conservation projects. She has worked onsite with over 90 facilities in 29 countries. She is an adjunct instructor at Texas A&M University. She has authored two books and contributed to four veterinary textbooks. She is a co-author of two Fear Free® Avian Certification Courses. Much of her work focuses on training exotic species to improve animal welfare. She operates a comprehensive virtual education program AnimalTrainingFundamentals.com. Barbara is an advisor for the Animal Training Working Group and the Parrot Taxon Advisory Group for the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Zoological Association of America’s Animal Training Committee and is a founding committee member. She has provided her expertise onsite to conservation projects, The Kakapo Recovery Program, and The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. Read her complete credentials here.


GOATS supports crediting your sources. We have provided the citation below to facilitate crediting the author as needed. Transparency lifts our entire industry up and demonstrates our knowledge is supported by the work of many others. Thank you for supporting proper citation. 😊

Heidenreich, B.E. (2024, February). Freeing Crabs from the Bucket: Reaching Our Potential by Recognizing Others. [Event Presentation]. 2024 Global Online Animal Training Series. AnimalTrainingFundamentals.com

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