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Why I Tell People Not To Use Baiting
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Recently I came back from a trip to Australia and New Zealand both for presentations and workshops. I had a blast! Sharing experiences and training techniques is one of my passions. To change... Read More

Should The Zoo Change The Routines They Have In The Zoo?

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About a year ago, I received an invitation to be a keynote speaker at an animal training conference all the way in Australia. I was super excited and told everyone about it. I accepted immediately and started making plans. In … Read More

Why I Tell People Not To Use Baiting

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Recently I came back from a trip to Australia and New Zealand both for presentations and workshops. I had a blast! Sharing experiences and training techniques is one of my passions. To change the welfare of animals in the zoo … Read More

When Behavior Deteriorates

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Recently I passed by the dolphinarium in Kolmårdens Wildlife Park, I haven’t been there for a while so its always fun to go and see the animals. A great enrichment plan was recently applied and the trainers were excited to … Read More

Tricia Dees – Back to some Basics

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We asked if Tricia Dees, past president of the ABMA, could tell us a bit more about her experiences. She came with a great story where she shares some of her own thoughts in the challenges she has faced over … Read More

Are Animals Allowed To Make Mistakes?

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Might be thought provoking but that’s what we are all about! Positive reinforcement training is all about focusing on the behaviours the animal does correctly. Through successive approximation plans we try to assure the animal will not make any mis-movements … Read More

Superstitious Behaviour Can Come At Any Given Moment

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As trainers we want to acknowledge every good behaviour the animal and reinforce accordingly. Within the course I have been given we talk very much about that the A-antecedent in the ABC structure doesn’t always come from us. It can … Read More

When Do You Go To The Next Approximation?

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The other day I received 2 books from Gabrielle Harris who works at Ushaka SeaWorld in South Africa (Read her guest blog HERE). The explained a situation where she tried to train a horse but the horse had trained her … Read More

Conditioning the New Generation; Babies!

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Cover photo: Simon Jonsson One of the most beautiful moments of an animal trainer’s life is to see the animals they work with giving birth to a new member of the family. I was lucky enough to see a couple … Read More

Recall Your Dog, How We Do It With Exotic Animals!

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Many of us know what a recall is or understand the idea of what it is supposed to be. Looking on the internet it basically comes down to a signal that makes the animals return to the trainer in any … Read More

Can We Slow Down The 6th Extinction?

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Extinction is a hot topic as of today. We really can’t ignore it. All animals involved! Every animal is special! – B. Andrews What is happening with the earth is a serious cause we can’t ignore. Still there are discussions … Read More

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