Less Stress More Flex
This badge signifies completion of the course Less Stress with More Flex With a singular focus on positive reinforcement as the driving force of empowerment, we can miss other choice-based opportunities for the animals in our care to communicate their needs and wants in the training relationship. This course explores scenarios in which a nuanced approach to reinforcement, combining positive and negative reinforcement, can help us look past more rigid uses of conditioning principles that can lead to stress and confusion for the animal. We track three case studies in which we put our actions under a microscope and utilize timing and reinforcers in an intentional way. In turn, this helps us accurately assess what is actually at play in the training session and use these principles to each of our advantage, propelling our skills and understanding as a trainer and learner of animal behavior. Once you complete the course, fill out the form to submit your request for admin to review and issue your badge.