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You Get What You Give!
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Recently I read a book by one of our previous guest bloggers Gabrielle Harris, entitled Touching Animal Souls. In her book Gabrielle discusses a topic, that in my opinion, is not understood well... Read More

You Get What You Give!

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Recently I read a book by one of our previous guest bloggers Gabrielle Harris, entitled Touching Animal Souls. In her book Gabrielle discusses a topic, that in my opinion, is not understood well enough. Gabrielle writes – the amount of … Read More

Can Creativity Be Blocked By Using Predictable Reinforcers?

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A couple of years ago, a good friend of mine gave me a book entitled Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink. The non-fiction book is based on studies done at MIT and other universities … Read More

How Kolmården Zoo’s Training System Gave Hours Back to Their Keepers

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Kolmårdens Wildlife Park is a zoo located south of Stockholm on the rocks of Sweden. Covering 370 acres they can call themselves the biggest zoo in Scandinavia. The zoo doesn’t have many species but the species they have are either … Read More

Introducing Animals In a Zoo Setting Through Behavioural Control

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Top image: Scientists create embryos, hope to save near-extinct rhino For every species in a zoo there is usually an introduction strategy. Some of the introductions are present in, for example, the EAZA guidelines for particular species described underneath. For a … Read More

The Yay-and-Nay balance – optimizing reinforcers by Karolina Westlund

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Cover Photo: Successful animal training is about Communication and Motivation. Trainer: Anette Olsson, photographer: Björn Johansson. Orsa Björnpark. Is the animal you’re training responding to your requests? Doing the behaviour, as it were? Great! That means two things. You’ve successfully … Read More

Why “Choice and Control” Is a Fashion Statement

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For years I’ve always thought choice and control is a cool way to train the animals. Only recently I wondered, what does choice and control even mean? I asked this question to a well respected animal trainer and he gave … 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

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