What Giraffes, Dogs, and Chickens Have in Common – Training Techniques that Work for All Creatures

2 CE units

Days to complete course: 90

Ninety percent of all animal training requires an understanding of the science of learning, regardless of species or complexity of the tasks. In this online course learn what these foundation principles are and how to apply them to everyday training. After this lecture, you’ll have the skills to modify behavior in your dog or cat, your horse, housemates, or your giraffe!




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Learning Objectives:

• Understand the principles that guide learning in any species so that you can apply techniques for any animal, human or situation.

• Learn the categories of operant conditioning, how to categorize techniques correctly so that you can identify when terminology is being used inappropriately.

• Discover how rewarding desirable behaviors (positive reinforcement) and removing rewards for undesirable behaviors (negative reinforcement) can be used to solve most non-medical behavior problems.

• Understand that training is a technical skill. See how subtle timing differences, reinforcement rates and value, and the ability to define appropriate criteria can make major differences in your training efficiency.

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