Animal Training Essentials Workshop with Precision Behavior


Sunday 5th October 2014

9am – 5pm


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Thad Lacinak & Angi Millwood are the founders/owners of Precision Behavior. They have worked and consulted at over 60 aquariums & zoos in more than 20 countries. The have authored numerous papers and Thad is the co-author of three Whale Done books. Thad enjoyed a 35-year career at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens and retired as the Vice President and Corporate Curator of Animal Training and Enrichment. Angi was on the opening team of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, was a manager of marine mammals at Atlantis, the Palm, in Dubai and the Animal Training Coordinator of the Fort Worth Zoo. To learn more about them, please visit: and www.facebook/

This animal training workshop covers essential skills for every animal training professional. More than just the basics, this workshop also introduces advanced concepts that all animal trainers should understand. Topics include: getting started, the learning elements, clear cuing, advanced bridging, shaping behavior, consequences, reinforcement strategies and addressing aggression.

The total cost of this one day workshop is an additional £75.00 when signing up to the 2nd International Animal Training Conference and an additional £85.00 for non-attendees of the conference.

Please complete the registration form to join on to this exciting and informative workshop.

This one day workshop will cover the following:

Getting Started, The Learning Elements & Cuing
It is essential that trainers/keepers understand the impact that their actions have on the behavior of the animals in their care. This module covers responsibility of the trainer, the fundamentals of animal training (the ABCs) and how training works in the real world for all of us. This module also covers the wide variety of cues available to trainers, how to select the right cue and how to avoid mistakes.

Bridging is not as simple as most trainers have been led to believe. This module discusses advanced bridging strategies as well as common bridging mistakes. This one module can transform your training!

Shaping is the building of a behavior by dividing it into small increments or steps and then teaching one step at a time until the desired behavior is achieved. This module discusses frequent strategies employed to accomplish behavioral goals such as targeting, luring, molding, etc. as well as pros and cons and tips to consider throughout the process.

Every trainer should be fully aware of the methods they enlist to both elicit and suppress behaviors of animals in their care. Their strategies should be chosen with careful consideration. This module helps trainers understand the four quadrants of the contingency square: positive reinforcement, positive punishment, negative reinforcement and negative punishment. Understanding these four consequences and their effect on relationships creates better trainers. This module is presented in an easy to understand fashion that is immediately applicable to everyday application in zoological environments.

Reinforcement Strategies
B.F. Skinner said, “The way positive reinforcement is carried out is more important than the amount.” We couldn’t agree more. This module defines the reinforcement strategies that trainers have likely encountered in their facilities and provides real-world examples of their most useful application. Discover what decades of science as well as new research regarding dopamine and “maybe” reveal about reinforcement schedules.

Aggression is a normal part of every animal’s behavioral repertoire, enabling them to cope with their environment. This module explores the frequent causes of aggression in captive animals as well as avoidance and reduction techniques.

To join this workshop, please complete the registration form.

Opening Times: 10am - 6pm