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Animal Training Workshop

LEARN WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN ANIMAL TRAINER FROM INDUSTRY LEADERS! WITH THAD LACINAK & ANGI MILLWOOD OF PRECISION BEHAVIOR

November 15th & 16th

All course information is immediately applicable with all species, from dolphins to tigers to dogs to humans!

Thad Lacinak & Angi Millwood are the founders/ owners of Precision Behavior. They have worked and consulted at over 60 aquariums & zoos in more than 20 countries. They have authored numerous papers and Thad is the co-author of three Whale Done books. He was also featured in a white shark T.V. special, “Beyond the Cage of Fear.” Thad and Angi also produced and are featured in the upcoming documentary, “Elephant in the Room.” Thad enjoyed a 35-year career at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens and retired as the Vice President & Corporate Curator of Animal Training and Enrichment. Angi was on the opening team of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, was a manager of marine mammals at Atlantis, the Palm, in Dubai, and was the Animal Training Coordinator of the Fort Worth Zoo. To learn more about them, visit www.precisionbehavior.com/about.

Downloadable Course Outline

Course Outline

Day 1 9am-5pm
Introduction to Instructors & Course
Fundamental Concepts
Standards & Ethical Considerations
The Learning Elements
Clear Cuing/Signalments
Practical Application - Meet Dolphins (your “other” instructors)
Lunch Break
Effective Bridging
Introduction to Consequences
Training Game Activity
Practical Application - Dolphin Demonstration
Concepts Wrap-up
Q&A
Day 2 9am-5pm
Introduction to Reinforcement Schedules
Making the Most of Toys, Play & Other Fun Activities
Dealing with Unwanted Behavior
Practical Application - Dolphin Demonstration
Lunch Break
Introduction to Aggression in Animals
Practical Application - Dolphin Demonstration
Group Photo
Concepts Wrap-up
Q&A
Course & Instructor Evaluation
Course Completion Ceremony
TOPICS

  • Key elements of successful animal training
  • Making the most of toys, play and fun
  • Dealing with unwanted behavior and more!
  • Demonstrations of concepts with live dolphins, otters & pelicans!