February 7-9, 2017 San Antonio, Texas
Hosted by San Antonio Zoo. Instructor Barbara Heidenreich

Advanced Animal Training Workshop: Practical Application

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Science based training technology has improved animal welfare, enhanced guest experiences, simplified husbandry procedures, addressed behavior problems, provided enriching opportunities, facilitated ground breaking research and contributed to conservation success.  It is no surprise that zoos and similar facilities around the world are seeing the benefits of developing staff members’ practical application skills as well as their understanding of the learning theory behind animal training.  The development of skilled trainers has led to innovations in species being trained, behaviors attained and technology being developed.

This workshop will focus on hands on practical application of training technology. Participants will have the opportunity to train animals in the zoo's collection with guidance from instructor Barbara Heidenreich. Sessions will include an emphasis on fine tuning proficiency and adding new skills to your repertoire. Registration is limited to ensure more individualized attention. Lecture time will be minimal and focused on more advanced topics such as behavior economics, response choices to undesired behavior, evaluating practical application skills, influencing motivation and more.

We recommend submitting your request for funding approval now as we anticipate this event will sell out fast.

Registration will open November 1st, 2016. To be notified when registration is open please send an email to Christina Burges at cburges@sazoo.org 

What to Expect from this Workshop

Most Progressive Information!

Animal training is an applied technology. Its foundation is rooted in the principles of behavior analysis. Understanding these principles of learning theory can be an important component of successful behavior modification, however true behavior change is the result of practical application. Knowing the principles versus applying the technology are two very different skill sets.  Animal trainers utilize a variety of specific tools, strategies and techniques to create a situation in which an animal will successfully learn to present a designated behavior. This workshop will cover advanced topics in learning theory and the practical application process involved in the successful application of behavior change technology to create desired behaviors. With extra emphasis on the most progressive approach to animal training and intricate details that make a difference in practical application, this workshop is a must for forward thinking caregivers working in professional settings with exotic animals.

Live Animal Training Demos!
See learning theory and practical application in action with live training demonstrations with animals of the host facility. Demos will be presented by Barbara Heidenreich and/or staff members from the San Antonio Zoo. As opposed to just an example of training, the goal will be to emphasize a very specific technique or training skills to add to your repertoire. These demos will be about learning the essential details that take your training to a different level. In the hands on training sessions you will have the opportunity to practice what you see demonstrated.  You will also see extensive video examples in the lectures. You will leave feeling inspired, motivated and full of ideas to help you continue to improve your practical application skills.
Hands On Training Opportunities!
Practice what you learn with animals from host facilities collections. You will receive expert guidance and feedback to help you fine tune your practical application skills working with domestic species and some exotic species on site. Hands on opportunities are designed to allow you to fine tune your skills in a safe and supportive environment. Because registration is limited our sessions will be intimate with extra emphasis on the hands on aspect. You also learn about a practical application skills assessment tool developed by Barbara Heidenreich she uses with her consulting clients.
Internationally Recognized Instructor
Barbara Heidenreich has been a professional in the field of animal training since 1990.   She provides consulting services to zoos, nature centers and other animal facilities. She lectures regularly to the veterinary community. She is an adjunct instructor at Texas A & M University, Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences. In her career she has trained animals, trained staff, lectured and/or presented shows at over 50 animal facilities around the world. Barbara teaches learning theory as described by the science of behavior analysis. She is also passionate about teaching excellent animal training practical application skills. Barbara is thrilled to have had the opportunity to train thousands of animals, from rabbits to rhinos. This hands-on practice with so many different individual animals has been invaluable to helping her provide caregivers the tools they need to solve behavior problems and have a great relationship with the animals in their lives based on trust. Her goal is to leave behind a legacy of kindness to animals by sharing her expertise.To learn more, click here.
Convenient Location
February 7-9, 2017 San Antonio, Texas USA

Schedule:
Day One: Morning Free time to explore the zoo. Welcome, Intros, Training, Roundtables
Day Two: Hands On Training, Demos and Lecture
Day Three: Hands On Training, Demos and Lecture