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NEW! February 23, 2017 “The Science of Training Zoo Animals” Presented by Barbara Heidenreich, Animal Training and Behavior Consultant. Frank Buck Zoo Community Engagement Series, Gainesville, TX, USA. People who can influence animal behavior are thought to be whisperers, wranglers, alphas, pack leaders, animal communicators, psychic or simply have a way with animals, but the truth is behavior isn’t such a mystery. There is a relatively simple science behind why animals behave the way they do and how people influence animal behavior. In today’s zoos, science based training technology is being used to encourage animals to participate in their own welfare. This includes teaching animals to voluntarily cooperate in challenging and often life-saving medical procedures such as injections, blood draws, and ultrasounds. It is also used to address behavior problems, facilitate educational experiences, make day to day care easy and help us gain a deeper understanding of the cognitive abilities of all types of animals. Barbara has consulted with the Animal Care staff at Frank Buck Zoo previously, and is back to observe new training projects. Attendees will get an insider’s view on how animal training is being used to enlist zoo animal’s cooperation in their own welfare. In this fascinating presentation, witness video clips of mind blowing animal training from around the world! More info https://www.facebook.com/events/403740089977628/
SOLD OUT! February 25-26, 2017 "The Art and Science of Animal Training Conference" Dallas, TX, USA. Barbara will be participating in this event. This is the conference for you if you really want to challenge yourself as a professional trainer. The combination of truly accomplished scientists and trainers raises the bar when it comes to conferences targeting animal training professionals. Stimulating presentations and conversations occupy every moment that passes far too quickly. You will leave knowing there is much more to learn and we have only just scratched the surface. More info at https://www.artandscienceofanimaltraining.org/conference/
REGISTRATION OPEN! August 25-27, 2017 “Avian Behavior and Training Workshop for Veterinary Professionals” Dallas, OR, USA. Open to veterinary professionals (or those studying to be) interested in working with parrots. This comprehensive two-day workshop at Cockatoo Downs will include the following: Practicing force-free handling skills with live parrots, understand the principles of training with positive reinforcement, reading and interpreting parrot body language, info and resources to educate clients about enrichment, behavior problems, training, pros and cons of flight, methods of seed diet transitions to pellets, strategies for getting clients to book annual exams. Interact, train, and hang out with the free flying cockatoos. Attendees will also have opportunities to work with chickens. And much more! Instructors Barbara Heidenreich, Chris Shank and Pamela Clark, CVT. Limited to 20 spaces. Learn more at this link http://www.cockatoodowns.com/avian-behavior-workshop-2017.html
September 19-23, 2017 “EAZA Conference” Netherlands. Barbara will be participating in the animal training working group presentations and attending this conference.
NEW! SAVE THE DATE September 30- October 1, 2017 “Avian and Exotic Mammal Training Seminar and Practical Labs” TBD, Norway. Two day seminar including hands on training opportunities with parrots and small mammals commonly kept as companion animals. Learn the intricate details specific to achieving success when it comes to practical application of training technology with these taxonomic groups. Learning theory as well as the mechanics of training with force free training technology will be explored via lecture, video, discussion, activities and hands on training opportunities. With video examples of animals voluntarily participating in educational programs, intramuscular injections and blood draws without restraint, participants will be inspired by the power of force free animal training. Suitable for veterinary professionals, behavior professionals, zoological professionals as well as companion animal enthusiasts. Details coming soon!
NEW! November 4-8 , 2017 “Zoological Association of America Conference” San Antonio, TX, USA Barbara will be presenting an animal training workshop at this conference.
NEW! November 12-15 , 2017 “International Animal Training Conference” Twycross, United Kingdom. Hosted by the Twycross Zoo. Barbara will be giving the keynote address at this conference.