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Zoo Workshop

We can fine-tune our understanding of behavior and use of positive reinforcement through training multiple species and species we’ve never worked with before.

Join me June 13th & 14th, 2020 for a Zoo Workshop I’ll be hosting.
Our first one sold out in less than a week. We will be training a wide variety of animals, multiple animals at once, working individually with animals and as a group. Some of the species we have to work with will be bears, lemurs, giraffe, primates, bobcats, wolves, parrots, coatimundis, and so much more.

Some of the topics we will apply in our training and discussions are: rates of reinforcement, understanding behavior through target training, recall, luring, fading prompts, working with over-bonded animals, resource guarding, off-contact training, protective contact training, reinforcer effectiveness, identifying motivation, creating motivation, creating conditioned reinforcers, understanding behavior through training applications, the matching law, recall, and a lot of shaping.

This workshop is always offered first to those in our Membership Programs. Once registration is open to the public, you will see the opportunity to pay and reserve your spot. If you want to attend this workshop, you must have a basic understanding of positive reinforcement. Lara will help you work on the rest.

This workshop has auditing spots and limited working spots. A working spot includes you working with the different species of animals and applying the training. An audit spot involves you watching the training of Lara Joseph, the other attendees, and Lara working with the other attendees, the the ability to ask questions between training sessions and during the lunch break, and receive instructor feedback between training sessions.

Working spots – $700/person for both days
(5 spots per workshop) 

• interaction and training the animals via off-contact, protective-contact, and full-contact training
• side-by-side training, guidance, and observation with Lara Joseph

Auditing spots – $400/person for both days
(5 spots per workshop) 

• ability to observe working registrants training with Lara Joseph
• ability to ask questions between training sessions and during breaks

Cancellation policy
Full payment is needed to reserve your spot. If you need to cancel, you have 30 days prior to the workshop to do so. After 30 days, your payment will be refunded if we can find someone to fill your spot.

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June 13, 2020 @ 8:30 am
June 14, 2020 @ 4:00 pm


MI United States


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