The Animal Behavior Center, LLC is an educational training center located in NW Ohio for all people interested in animals and increasing their relationships and quality of care through positive reinforcement interaction. We promote and focus on force-free training and interaction with animals not only through positive reinforcement training, but understandable approaches and applications in behavior analysis.
As a professional animal trainer and educator using approaches in Applied Behavior Analysis with any animal, I share many concerns in using force and coercion with any animal. I train a lot of zoo animals. Many of these animals could easily cause harm, whether...read more
The celebrations of the Fourth of July can be pretty stressful for animals in our care. I did a Facebook live-stream for Coffee With The Critters a few weeks ago on this subject. It's about an hour long, so if you can bear with me, I give a lot of tips and tricks I...read more
We have four ostrich chicks here at The Animal Behavior Center for training and exercise and to identify ostrich enrichment. They are three weeks old and here from Indian Creek Zoo in Lambertville, Michigan. We are quickly learning about ostrich, their reinforcers,...read more
Training is communication. Positive reinforcement training is the best form of communication I have found with any animal. Animals read our body language and respond to what they interpret we are communicating. I take the same approach with any domestic animal as I do...read more
I'm getting ready to discuss one of the most common reasons why undesired behaviors continue to exist. Yes, this even happens with some of the animals I train and consult with in changing behavior. Ready? Intermittent Schedules of Reinforcement. "So what does that...read more
One of the first things I will train any animal, whether I have met the animal before or not, is to touch a target. Target training is when you teach an animal to touch a predetermined body part to a particular object. For example, teaching a dog to sit is training it...read more