Ken RamirezIMATA’s Accreditation committee is pleased to offer two separate animal training seminars prior to the start of the conference.  The instructor for both classes is Ken Ramirez.

The tuition for each seminar is $75.00 per person and a portion of the proceeds will go towards IMATA’s Conservation Fund. Tuition fees do not include registration to the IMATA conference.  IMATA conference registration is a separate fee. IMATA conference registration is not required to attend the animal training seminar course(s).

Tuition fees do not include registration to the IMATA Conference.  IMATA Conference registration is a separate fee. IMATA Conference registration is not required to attend the Training Seminar Courses.

introduction to animal training - a primer

SUNDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER 2015 - 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | $75.00

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

advanced training seminar - non-food reinforcers: maximizing effectiveness

SUNDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER 2015 - 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | $75.00

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.



Members purchase BOTH for only $125.

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