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Zookeepers Don’t Exist; Associative Learning Happens All The Time

For those of you who work in zoos, what if I told you that zookeepers don't exist? In my...

Medical Procedures; The Open Mouth Behaviour

Cover Photo Credit: Nora Tenbrock with Hudson at SeaWorld Australia It seems like in the training world there are...

An Introduction To An Elephant Training Program

Kolmården has had elephants for over three decades but it wasn’t until November 2016 when Kolmården Wildlife Park decided to move from free contact...

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

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...

Why I Tell People Not To Use Baiting

Recently I came back from a trip to Australia and New Zealand both for presentations and workshops. I had a blast! Sharing experiences and...

Shaping The Animal Or Distracting The Animal? We Do It More...

I get quite some questions about training other taxa than marine mammals. Especially in the zoo that I work at. Peter, do you have...

5 Simple Reasons You Should Use an Approximation Plan!

Within my career I’ve developed a different way looking at behaviors animals have. Some behaviors desirable some behaviors undesirable. Regardless of what behaviour it...

This is 1 of the most important training steps you need!

In 2005 I started to work at Ouwehands Zoo in the Netherlands. I worked under a great supervisor who taught me a lot over...

Are you going forwards or backwards?

If I would ask you, every time you come home from work you get something very good? How fast would you be coming home?...

3 Seconds Can Make You Accept Failure

I don’t have any kids. I would like them though because I think it’s great to see such little creatures growing up and to...

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