I spent that last two weeks in the company of some amazing minds and practitioners when it comes to animal training and the science that guides it. It is a humbling experience. One that I appreciate. It is a good reminder that no matter how many years of experience one may have, there is always […]
Click this link http://abc7news.com/1140420/ to see a short video clip featuring some examples of a zebra shark target training and allowing tactile, a sting ray netting procedure and vet exam, monitor lizard training for tactile and nail dremmeling and training penguins to stand on a scale during a public presentation.
Although this clip features a domestic cat the same principles can be applied to exotic animals as well. Medicating an animal fortunately can be as simple as hiding it in food. But some animals do learn to eat around the medication, not to trust certain food items, or end up being coerced into taking medications. […]
This clips features some very nice close ups of the sleeve design used for blood draw, injection and blood pressure cuff training for the sloth bear at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Close ups start at about :40 into the clip and continue to almost the end of the segment.
This clips gives more of an overview of the work done with Tiki at the Oakland Zoo. For more specific details contact Amy Phelps directly or get involved with the Giraffe Training and Enrichment chat group on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/183831431787028/
Click on the image of the alligator to watch a great example of the use of training to facilitate overall health checks and desensitize animals to touch to reduce stress for medical care. As the curator points out both staff members and animals are better prepared for interactions in a non stressful way, having gradually […]
By Barbara Heidenreich, Former President International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE) President Barbara’s Force Free Animal Training The Spring 2014 issue of the IAATE Flyer included an article by Steve Martin that addressed his concerns with a topic I presented at the annual conference. I appreciate that the topic has generated much discussion […]
Abstract: Weight management is a practice that has been used in training birds for many years. This strategy involves determining a weight range in which a bird may be more likely to respond to food as a reinforcer for training or maintaining behaviors. This is a strategy which is rarely used to train in other […]
Abstract: Traditional breeding strategies for avian species have often included creating an environment in which caregivers are advised to be as removed as much as possible from the birds. For some species this may contribute to breeding success. However work done with a number of birds has demonstrated that a training program based in positive […]