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Introduction to Animal Training Seminar - A Primer Advanced Training Seminar - Non-Food Reinforcers: Maximizing Effectiveness

 

 


 

 

The IMATA Accreditation Committee is pleased to offer training seminars before this year's AZA/IMATA conference. Ken Ramirez has agreed to offer two different seminars. The tuition for each seminar is $75.00 per person, or $125 for both seminars, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the IMATA conservation fund.

Tuition fees do not include registration to the AZA/IMATA Conference.  AZA/IMATA Conference registration is a separate fee.

 

INTRODUCTION TO ANIMAL TRAINING - A PRIMER

Friday, 12 September 2014  |  1:00 pm – 4:30 pm


A basic overview of training principles and philosophy for those new to animal training; new to positive reinforcement; or looking for a basic approach to teaching these basic principles. This seminar is designed to introduce newcomers to the principles and practices pioneered by AZA/IMATA's members over the last 40 years that are applicable in a wide range of zoological settings across any species.

Topics will include:

  • Why training is important from an animal and business perspective
  • Advantages of positive reinforcement over traditional training techniques
  • Basic techniques for starting to train a new or naive animal
  • Why relationships are important and how to build them
  • How to deal with unwanted behavior, why the LRS is the preferred response

 

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ADVANCED TRAINING SEMINAR - NON-FOOD REINFORCERS: MAXIMIZING EFFECTIVENESS

Saturday, 13 September 2014  |  6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Experienced trainers frequently develop a variety reinforcers to use in sessions with their animals, which often include tactile, toys, and play among other things. Additionally trainers frequently talk about the importance of using a variable schedule of reinforcement. However, young trainers are often challenged in their effort to make non-food reinforcers successful and variable schedules effective. Even experienced trainers will discover challenges or animal frustration if these advanced techniques are not implemented successfully. This seminar will focus on the systematic introduction of these techniques into a training program.

This seminar will include:

  • How to establish strong secondary reinforcers
  • Determining if something is really a primary reinforcer
  • Importance of relationship building
  • Strategic implementation of variety
  • Differences between a scientific variable schedule and the more practical use of reinforcement variety.

 

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PLEASE NOTE:  It is important to understand that while these training seminar courses are presented by AZA/IMATA, they are not part of the AZA/IMATA Conference. The courses are a separate from the AZA/IMATA conference, and participants must pay a tuition fee that is separate from conference registration.

 

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