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From rabbits to rhinos! Have fun with practical application and get mental with behavior science. Animal training expert Barbara Heidenreich helps you solve your behavior problems and reach your training goals.

Animal Training Fundamentals with Barbara Heidenreich Barbara Heidenreich

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From rabbits to rhinos! Have fun with practical application and get mental with behavior science. Animal training expert Barbara Heidenreich helps you solve your behavior problems and reach your training goals.

    10 Let's Talk about Sex...and Animal Training

    10 Let's Talk about Sex...and Animal Training

    What does sex have to do with animal training? Sometimes, everything! Animals with reproductive hormones in overdrive can present challenges with motivation for participation in training sessions. They can also present undesired behaviors such as territorial aggression. Some will direct sexual and/or courtship behaviors towards humans. Barbara has some great examples of ways to get past motivation issues with a wide variety of species as well as address behavior challenges. She also discusses how to use training to facilitate breeding success. Elephants, rhinos, big cats, great apes, parrots, guinea pigs, dogs, horses…..she covers a lot of ground in this one. Let’s talk about sex, baby!

    • 31 min
    09 New Year's Resolutions for Animal Trainers 2020

    09 New Year's Resolutions for Animal Trainers 2020

    Happy New Year! It's time for resolutions relevant to animal trainers. Barbara has made these for several years running now. This is the  first time she is sharing them in a podcast! Barbara gives you some great ideas to inspire you and launch your 2020 animal training adventures. Visit the episode webpage for links to previous resolution lists and some awesome resources mentioned in the podcast.

    • 17 min
    08 How Do You Know if Behavior is Fluent?

    08 How Do You Know if Behavior is Fluent?

    ​Fluency may seem intuitive ….on the surface. In behavior terms it is currently defined as the fluid combination of accuracy and speed that characterizes competent performance, in other words doing the right thing without hesitation. However doing the right thing in real life application can involve many different measures. In this podcast Barbara Heidenreich discusses what criteria to measure to evaluate whether a behavior is being presented with accuracy. The benefit of measuring is that it highlights what aspects of the behavior have been successfully trained and what particular aspect(s) still need work to achieve fluency. Barbara shares examples relevant to both zoo and companion animal trainers. Visit the episode webpage for video examples from the podcast.

    • 18 min
    07 Repetitive Behavior- Stop the Madness!

    07 Repetitive Behavior- Stop the Madness!

    Not all repetitive behavior is stereotypic. Many times it is the result of reinforcement. Determining why an animal is presenting repetitive behavior requires asking our selves a series of questions that can reveal triggers and consequences that maintain the undesired behavior. This can then help us develop a strategy to address the problem. In this podcast Barbara Heidenreich goes over these questions as well as defines stereotypic behavior and some practices to avoid when dealing with a true stereotypy that can make the problem worse! Visit the shows webpage at www.AnimalTrainingFundamentals.com for a video example and a download discussed in the podcast.

    • 18 min
    06-The Benefits of Horse Agility

    06-The Benefits of Horse Agility

    Special guest Animal Training Coordinator of the Copenhagen Zoo, Annette Pedersen shares how transitioning from riding horses using traditional training techniques to training for agility with positive reinforcement has made a tremendous difference in animal welfare. Learn about the easy to make apparatus the zoo uses to give horses the opportunity to use different muscles and practice balance. Behaviors have been trained specifically to maintain excellent physical condition. The horse training program has shown how training based in positive reinforcement can result in an exceptionally well-trained horses, eager to participate, well-behaved and willing to stop on a dime! Can horses be successfully trained with positive reinforcement? You bet! Take a listen and learn more about transitioning from traditional methods.

    • 23 min
    05 - Target Training: A Complex “Basic” Behavior

    05 - Target Training: A Complex “Basic” Behavior

    People often think of target training as a basic behavior. But a deeper dive often helps us see this basic behavior has many details to consider that take it from basic to complex very quickly. This podcast will help you fine tune your target training skills. Get ideas on how to get targeting started with an animal showing a fear response. Learn what ​to do when animals interact in a way that is in appropriate such as grabbing or biting the target. Find out if you are making some common target training mistakes. And discover some creative ways to get sharks, rhinos and giraffes to engage with a target. Lots of real-life examples are discussed in this podcast.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

tryingtomaintain ,

SO much sense!

I need a face and neck massage after each episode from grinning & nodding the whole time. I’ve been out of the training scene for a few years, but Barbara‘s knowledge and generous nature have inspired me to re-join. Joyful!

Osito Court ,

Great insights!

It’s positively amazing what Barbara can achieve with patience, care, and respect. If you haven’t checked out her guinea pigs playing basketball on YouTube, you’re missing out!

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