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Level 1 Membership

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Level I

1 private podcast/month
3 webinars
1 ABC t-shirt
$149.00/year

 

Over the past three years, I have been developing this membership program based on behavior issues, concerns, complications in knowing what steps to take next in training, people wanting more enrichment ideas, and behavior concerns that could be solved with enrichment help. Another common complication I was seeing and hearing about from people was their not having the help they needed on a longer term basis to be able to deal with future behavior concerns and not knowing where to begin or keep current behavior concerns from re-occurring. This membership program is for those people, organizations, and facilities wanting and needing suggestions, continual learning, and stimulation to keep you learning, thinking, and implementing in making a difference with the animals you care for.

There are two different levels

Level I

Each month a new detailed podcast will be privately launched for you to listen to. These podcasts will give in-depth information on how to approach behavior concerns, why they exist, the tools needed to change them, and the steps needed to make sure the behavior stays changed.

In addition to the monthly podcasts, you will also be given access to three webinars: 1) Understanding Behavior 2) Bridging & Shaping and 3) Reinforcers & Reinforcement. These three webinars are valued at $34.99 each and go into extreme detail in giving you the most important foundation tools you will consistently use and need in training new behaviors and changing existing behaviors.

As a member you will always be the first to be notified of any upcoming event, product, webinar, or announcement. This gives you the first opportunity to engage or reserve your spot before anything is opened or announced to the public.

And last, but not least, we will send you a The Animal Behavior Center t-shirt. We get several requests for our t-shirts and this is the first time we are offering them.

Level II

Each month a new detailed podcast will be privately launched for your listening enrichment, learning, and thought-provoking implementations. These podcasts will give in-depth information on how to approach behavior concerns, why they exist, the tools needed to change them, and the steps needed to make sure the behavior stays changed.

The power in this membership level comes within the four different avenues in which we deliver content to you. In addition to the above in-depth audible delivery of information, we then provide additional information for you to watch a monthly ‘live’ training session. This training session will ‘show’ you how to approach certain behaviors and you will see the small steps needed to train new behaviors or change existing behavior concerns. Each session will be recorded for review or if you can not attend the live broadcast.

Once the live broadcast is finished, a downloadable PDF file will be available for you to use as a guide or cheat sheet to help you implement what you have just watched in the live training session and the podcast. This PDF file will have detailed information for you to refer to while training or interacting with your animal.

Finally, I will have a private blog available for Level II members only. In this blog I will deliver the above combined content into actual situations and examples telling a story and bringing all of the relevant information together. I will reach out to you four different times per month through the above avenues giving you an in-depth understanding on behavior, how behavior works, its application, implementation, relevance, and daily function in your life and the lives of the animals in which you share your life.

As a member you will always be the first to be notified of any upcoming event, product, webinar, or announcement. This gives you the first opportunity to engage or reserve your spot before anything is opened or announced to the public.

And last, but not least, we will send you a The Animal Behavior Center t-shirt and 15% off all services.

*Annual membership launch is scheduled to launch October 1st, 2015. If you sign up now, you will receive several special perks for free per month until your membership begins October 1st. You can sign up on the home page of our website at TheAnimalBehaviorCenter.com or you can e-mail us at TheAnimalBC@gmail.com.

***This membership launches October 1st, 2015. As a bonus for joining now, you will received several special perks for free each month until your membership begins on October 1st. I will be engaging with you several different ways giving you valuable information until your membership begins.

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  Annual membership launch is scheduled to launch October 1st, 2015. If you sign up now, you will receive several special perks for free per month until your membership begins October 1st. You can sign up on the home page of our website at TheAnimalBehaviorCenter.com or you can e-mail us at TheAnimalBC@gmail.com.
Level 2 Membership

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Level II – limited seating

1 private podcast/month
1 ‘live’ training session/month (viewed on-line)
1 PDF behavior/training download/month
1 private blog post/month
15% off all services
1 ABC t-shirt
$399/year

 

 

Over the past three years, I have been developing this membership program based on behavior issues, concerns, complications in knowing what steps to take next in training, people wanting more enrichment ideas, and behavior concerns that could be solved with enrichment help. Another common complication I was seeing and hearing about from people was their not having the help they needed on a longer term basis to be able to deal with future behavior concerns and not knowing where to begin or keep current behavior concerns from re-occurring. This membership program is for those people, organizations, and facilities wanting and needing suggestions, continual learning, and stimulation to keep you learning, thinking, and implementing in making a difference with the animals you care for.

There are two different levels

Level I

Each month a new detailed podcast will be privately launched for you to listen to. These podcasts will give in-depth information on how to approach behavior concerns, why they exist, the tools needed to change them, and the steps needed to make sure the behavior stays changed.

In addition to the monthly podcasts, you will also be given access to three webinars: 1) Understanding Behavior 2) Bridging & Shaping and 3) Reinforcers & Reinforcement. These three webinars are valued at $34.99 each and go into extreme detail in giving you the most important foundation tools you will consistently use and need in training new behaviors and changing existing behaviors.

As a member you will always be the first to be notified of any upcoming event, product, webinar, or announcement. This gives you the first opportunity to engage or reserve your spot before anything is opened or announced to the public.

And last, but not least, we will send you a The Animal Behavior Center t-shirt. We get several requests for our t-shirts and this is the first time we are offering them.

Level II

Each month a new detailed podcast will be privately launched for your listening enrichment, learning, and thought-provoking implementations. These podcasts will give in-depth information on how to approach behavior concerns, why they exist, the tools needed to change them, and the steps needed to make sure the behavior stays changed.

The power in this membership level comes within the four different avenues in which we deliver content to you. In addition to the above in-depth audible delivery of information, we then provide additional information for you to watch a monthly ‘live’ training session. This training session will ‘show’ you how to approach certain behaviors and you will see the small steps needed to train new behaviors or change existing behavior concerns. Each session will be recorded for review or if you can not attend the live broadcast.

Once the live broadcast is finished, a downloadable PDF file will be available for you to use as a guide or cheat sheet to help you implement what you have just watched in the live training session and the podcast. This PDF file will have detailed information for you to refer to while training or interacting with your animal.

Finally, I will have a private blog available for Level II members only. In this blog I will deliver the above combined content into actual situations and examples telling a story and bringing all of the relevant information together. I will reach out to you four different times per month through the above avenues giving you an in-depth understanding on behavior, how behavior works, its application, implementation, relevance, and daily function in your life and the lives of the animals in which you share your life.

As a member you will always be the first to be notified of any upcoming event, product, webinar, or announcement. This gives you the first opportunity to engage or reserve your spot before anything is opened or announced to the public.

And last, but not least, we will send you a The Animal Behavior Center t-shirt and 15% off all services.

*Annual membership launch is scheduled to launch October 1st, 2015. If you sign up now, you will receive several special perks for free per month until your membership begins October 1st. You can sign up on the home page of our website at TheAnimalBehaviorCenter.com or you can e-mail us at TheAnimalBC@gmail.com.

***This membership launches October 1st, 2015. As a bonus for joining now, you will received several special perks for free each month until your membership begins on October 1st. I will be engaging with you several different ways giving you valuable information until your membership begins.

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Happy New Year Everyone! Let’s start it off with a resolution to increase the quality of enrichment that we offer our animals. What is enrichment? Enrichment is arousal of the senses for animals. There are many forms such as things they can hear, smell, taste, touch and see. Enrichment creates opportunities for our animals and the animals in our care to learn, keep mentally and physically stimulated, and gives them more of a sense of control in their environment. Enrichment helps prevent behavior issues as well because it gives the animal other things to do and areas to focus their attention. Studies also show that if one is using positive reinforcement training, it is the animal’s preferred form of enrichment. It is for this reason why I train. I love empowering animals and showing them they have choice. I love showing animal caretakers and zoo keepers how to increase the relationship they can have with the animals in their care through training. Here is a recording I took from a live-stream broadcast I did the other day via Facebook. If you would like to make sure you never miss a live-stream broadcast, join The Animal Behavior Center’s Facebook Group. It’s a private page where I discuss weekly training. If you want in-depth broadcasts about animal behavior, training & enrichment, take a look at our Membership Program.   If you have questions or have behavior, training and/or enrichment concerns you would like to see addressed, let me know. You can e-mail me directly through the contact form on our... read more

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You can join me ‘live’ each evening!

I love being in touch with people that want to better their lives with their animals and better the lives of animals in general. Most of you that support the work that we do here are very loyal in following our work and I can’t thank you enough for that. Those that know me, know I’m very interactive with my audience whether that is at a lecture or workshop, on FaceBook or other social media, or as clients. Well, I have a few new things to offer to say ‘thank-you’, to keep in touch with you, and to stay closer and more frequent than through the above. There is a new app called Periscope. It is a ‘live-streaming’ broadcast where you can join me via your mobile device or via your computer. These ‘live-streaming’ broadcasts are called ‘scopes’. If you have followed my work closely, you have probably already joined me and have been a part of my broadcasts. I scope daily and will be scoping in a few hours about training for walking a deaf dog at the park. Each night I pick a different topic from behavior, animal behavior, training, enrichment, applied behavior analysis, behavior questions and concerns, and more. This is how you find me on Periscope. Download the app. Then do a search for “@The Animal Behavior Center”. Click on ‘Follow’. I usually announce via social media Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, that I am going ‘live’ at a certain time. Sometimes if I see a behavior happening at a particular moment, I may jump on Periscope with no warning and show you what I am seeing so... read more

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The Animal Behavior Center
"Visiting The Animal Behavior Center was like a breath of fresh air. Her passion and dedication for providing outstanding care to her animals was reflected in literally every inch of her center. Without a doubt, she has gone above and beyond to ensure that her animals are never without both mental and physical enrichment. The level of care that she provides for her animals should be the standard. While I was at the center, I had the privilege of watching Lara train her animals and mine and it is clear that she is an exceptionally talented trainer. Every interaction she has with her animals, formal training session or not, is flexible and focused on creating an environment in which they are comfortable and empowered.
As a future veterinary behaviorist, I aspire to reach Lara's level of finesse, expertise, and thoughtfulness in every aspect of animal training and husbandry. She is truly in it for the animals."