Reinforcement is the key to successful training, as most trainers already know! However, there are many different reinforcement strategies and reinforcement options available to trainers: consistent schedules, variable schedules, life rewards, toys, play, food, treats, etc. The mythology around how various schedules of reinforcement work can mislead trainers into using a strategy inappropriately and lead to frustration for the animal and the trainer. Many trainers fail to approach new reinforcement strategies systematically, which can be the reason why certain strategies seem to fail. This class will explore both the science behind these concepts and successful methods for implementing different types of reinforcement into a training program. This is one of Ken's most popular seminars.
Presentation by: Ken Ramirez
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Ken Ramirez, is the executive vice-president of animal care and animal training at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, where he is responsible for the care of 32,000 animals. He joined Shedd Aquarium in 1989. A 35+ year veteran of animal care and training, Ramirez is a biologist and animal behaviorist who has worked and consulted with zoos and aquariums all over the world. He hosted two successful seasons of the pet training television series Talk to the Animals that compared pet training to the important work done with training and caring for animals in zoological facilities. Ramirez has been active in several professional organizations, including the International Marine Animal Trainer’s Association (IMATA), of which he is a past president. Ken has been actively involved in the creation of a certification process for animal trainers in zoological settings. He has been active in the working dog world as well. Ken has been on the faculty of Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expos since 2004. Ramirez has written for numerous scientific publications and popular articles and has authored the book ANIMAL TRAINING: Successful Animal Management through Positive Reinforcement, published in 1999. He also teaches a graduate course on animal training at Western Illinois University
This video qualifies for 2.5 trainer CEUs