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Understanding Behavior Through Working with Birds At The Animal Behavior Center, with Lara Joseph

We just finished designing the next workshop we are holding at The Animal Behavior Center. This is the first workshop offered since the pandemic.
Registration is now open to the public.
The workshop will be very interactive, focused on individual attention and detail. If you are interested in learning more about Applied Behavior Analysis, behavior modification, challenging yourself, and knowing where to begin training, this workshop is for you.
If you are interested, let me know if you have any questions.

This training workshop is for you if:
– you already have a basic understanding of positive reinforcement
– you want to better understand Applied Behavior Analysis and positive reinforcement in working with animals
– you find yourself struggling with how to approach a variety of animal situations
– you want to work outside the box and challenge your approach to different behavior and training situations
– you want to fine-tune your current knowledge of training to learning through different species
– you currently work with animals professionally and/or want to increase the quality of life of any species you are currently working with

Why Birds?

Ready to expand your knowledge through application? Birds can be some of the best teachers. We’ll be working with predator and prey. Both have different approaches through working with the hunter and the hunted. Identifying positive reinforcers are vast and change at a moment’s notice. Many species of birds are considered prey and aversives can be many and we will work on shaping skills in approaching, modifying behavior, teaching behaviors, and focus on fluency. Lara will guide you individually and in groups, pointing out potential issues in your approach and making sure you are set up for success. Our hands-on workshops receive high reviews from peers and other animal training professionals. We’ll be shaping your comfort level in working with a variety of species of birds and send you home with new ideas and approaches to your training and behavior modification struggles.

Birds we’ll be working with:
Black casque hornbills, Eurasian eagle owl, toucanettes, kookaburras, parrots, and others. Behaviors you can learn can be scale training, recall, syringe training to accept medication, voluntary nail trims, and so much more.

Guidance in force-free training raptors, identifying reinforcement, creating healthy motivation, training recall, and returning to enclosure.

The Animal Behavior Center
Lara Joseph
Professional Animal Behavior Consultant & Trainer

Here’s what you’ll get!
two full days of interactive training and lecture
side-by-side training and guidance with Lara Joseph
observe Lara’s training
off-contact, protective-contact, and full-contact training
learning activities to fine-tune your skills
problem solving training situations
individualized attention and guidance
group discussions with other professionals
interaction with a variety of species of birds and behavior to further your learning
Registration is offered first to our members, and then to the public. Once we open it up, you’re encouraged to register as soon as you can. Our first one sold out in less than a week!

Workshop Dates:
May 14-15, 2022



May 14, 2022 @ 8:30 am
May 15, 2022 @ 4:00 pm


The Animal Behavior Center
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The Animal Behavior Center
2744 Consear Rd
Lambertville, MI 48144-8660 United States
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