This seminar is designed for the both the beginner and the experienced trainer. Ken will share information about the science of learning theory, but more importantly, he will explain how to use those principles in practical every day applications. The seminar will take a multi-species approach so as to be relevant to the casual pet guardian and to the more seasoned zoo professional. Ken’s seminars are full of practical and useful information for trainers at all levels and are designed to be both fun and inspirational.
Why Training Matters – An introduction to the non-trainer or basic beginner to the field about the philosophy behind having a training program with your pets or in a zoo.
Training 101 – A Practical Look at the Science– A broad overview of operant conditioning and how to apply it in practical everyday training programs. This seminar is designed as a broad overview of concepts and exposes the attendee to all the tools needed to successfully train any species. This course is a broad overview for all levels of trainers.
Reinforcement Strategies – Most good trainers recognize that reinforcement strategies are at the heart of successful training. This seminar delves deeper into many topics, including a discussion of what is a “positive reinforcement trainer” and what are the basic reinforcement keys that all trainers should keep in mind. A significant part of the seminar will focus on non-food reinforcers, reinforcement variety, and evaluation of reinforcers – with particular emphasis on the importance of strategic implementation of any new reinforcement plan. This is a core competency for trainers at all levels and this seminar is suited for all training levels.
Evolution of the Modern Trainer – “Evolution of the Modern Trainer – A Personal Perspective” – Ken will look at the changes that have taken place in the training community through his own unique personal perspective as a zoological trainer and dog trainer. Designed to be an interesting overview of various training concepts and give the participant an idea of the direction of the training community. Designed for trainers at all levels.
Ken Ramirez has been a professional trainer for more than 30 years.
He is currently the Vice President of Animal Collections and Animal Training at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, where he oversees the daily training programs for the entire animal collection. Ken’s experience includes work with guide dogs, search and rescue dogs, standard pet training and a variety of exotic animals ranging from whales and dolphins to birds, big cats, and primates.
Ken is a regular speaker at Karen Pryor’s ClickerExpos, the California Narcotic Canine Association, and teaches a graduate course on animal training for Western Illinois University.
Ken hosted two seasons of the successful television series “Talk to the Animals” which took positive reinforcement training into the home to assist pet owners in solving difficult training dilemmas. He is also the author of the book Animal Training: Successful Animal Management through Positive Reinforcement.
Due to space limitations we will not be permitted to have dogs in the meeting room.
No videotaping or audio taping is permitted.
2303 N. Mayfair Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
BOOKS & MERCHANDISE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE
Thursday, March 3, 2011. No paper tickets will be mailed. Please check in upon arrival.
A full refund will be issued if requested before Friday, February 25, 2011. No refunds or credits will be issued after that time. All refunds must be requested by email or phone. There are no exceptions to this policy.
The $95 fee for this seminar includes:
- Light continental breakfast and vegetarian lunch
- Course materials
- Continuing Education Credits (CEU's)
◦ 6 CE - IAABC
◦ 5.5 CE - CCPDT
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