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 website.
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