Control Unleashed®—What Are Start Button Behaviors All About?

Eva Bertilsson, Emelie Johnson-Vegh & Peggy Hogan

On-Demand Conference Presentations

Control Unleashed®—What Are Start Button Behaviors All About?



This educational package includes two presentations, providing you with a comprehensive look at start button behaviors, a training strategy where the learner gets to direct the pace and progress of a procedure.

"Spook No More: The Spell of Start Buttons" is a presentation from Conference Unleashed 2020 given by Eva Bertilsson, Emelie Johnson-Vegh, and Peggy Hogan. 

The term start button behavior came to life through Emelie, Eva, and Peggy’s now-classic "Animals In Control" lecture at Clicker Expo. The trio is back again to provide you with a deeper insight into what start button behaviors are all about. They will share their viewpoints on the subject and help you develop procedures that maximize the value of this fascinating communication tool. 

"Abracadabra! The Magic of Start Buttons" is a presentation from Conference Unleashed 2021 given by Eva Bertilsson and Emelie Johnson-Vegh. 

In this presentation, Emelie and Eva will share their favorite protocol for starting button training, showing what the training might look like, step by step, with a few different teams. You’ll get to see how Eva and Emelie organize the structure and work from rewards through pairings to learner-initiated trials, making it possible for those first start button behaviors to emerge—a truly fascinating process (if not magical!).

This is an excellent opportunity to see what a training session structure can do for your training and, of course, how you can build those start button contingencies that everyone is talking about. It is also an excellent chance to enhance your understanding of the ideas behind the start button concept. 

What is included with your purchase?

  • 64-minute 2020 start button presentation and 59-minute recording of the Q&A session that followed the presentation 
  • 94-minute 2021 start button presentation and 36-minute recording of the Q&A session that followed the presentation
  • Access on mobile devices and your computer.
  • Downloadable content for off-line access 
  • Keep what you buy—No expiring content

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Refund Policy

Please be aware that there are no refunds for on-demand/self-study courses, on-demand lessons, or webinars.

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Eva Bertilsson  

With a master's degree in behavior analysis and a passion for animal welfare, Eva Bertilsson works as an educator and consultant in a variety of settings. Together with business partner Emelie Johnson Vegh, Eva runs their collaboration Carpe Momentum. "E&E" met on the agility field 20 years ago. They teach seminars and online courses on a wide range of topics and are known for concepts such as seamless training sessions, start-button behaviors, and flowcharts. In 2015 they teamed up with Peggy Hogan to discuss their joint passion for the learner-initiated aspect of training and developed the now-classic Animals in Control lecture.  

Eva lives in the village of Ljungskile in the west of Sweden, where she also organizes the yearly CCC conference on Choice, Control & Communication. She is a FearFree speaker and a board member of the Swedish Association for Behavior Analysis, enjoying networking and connecting people and ideas. Her most recent cooperation has the nerdy name and is a webshop.

Emelie Johnson Vegh

Emelie’s great interest lies in teaching, whether it’s private lessons for clients with dogs, group classes, running coaching, creative writing with kids… the list goes on.

Together with business partner Eva Bertilsson, Emelie runs their collaboration Carpe Momentum. Emelie and Eva’s 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. They teach seminars on the general principles of behavior and learning and coach trainers in the art of structuring great training sessions regardless of the venue or the species. Their book Agility Right from the Start was published by Karen Pryor Clicker Training (KPCT) in 2010. The book outlines Emelie and Eva’s philosophy and structured approach to training, making it a worthy read not only for agility enthusiasts.

"E&E" are part of the Clicker Expo faculty. In addition, they are the first TAGteach faculty in Europe, and they introduced TAGteach to Scandinavia in 2005. They offer consultations and workshops about applying positive reinforcement-based strategies with human learners in all imaginable areas.

Emelie studied to be a high school teacher in English and Swedish at Lund University, together with further studies of both linguistics and children’s literature. She does work as a translator, from Swedish to English and vice versa, and from Norwegian/Danish to Swedish/English. She also writes fiction novels for both adults and children. Emelie enjoys many different sports and finding ways to break them down, and teaching them to others, both adults and children.

Emelie lives in Malmö in the south of Sweden together with her husband, three children, and two dogs: Scout, a kelpie, and field golden puppy, Tessa. Together they enjoy many outdoor activities and dog sports.

Peggy Hogan

Peggy loves all animals and has a passion for training. Peggy loves to share the steps of learning Clicker Training Horses, using primarily the lesser-known (to horse people) techniques of shaping, capturing, luring, and targeting.  

She is passionate about sharing how horses offer complex behaviors freely when given choice and control. She has been a leading voice in the use of Start Buttons in all forms of horse training.

Through her business, The Best Whisper is a Click, Peggy has traveled internationally to promote the use of positive reinforcement with horses and has been a speaker at Clicker Expo since 2013. Peggy has a master's degree in psychology. She provides clicker training lessons, clinics, and online coaching.