18 episodes

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.

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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.

    18 Critical Thinking Skills with Dr Suzanne Hetts and Dr Dan Estep

    18 Critical Thinking Skills with Dr Suzanne Hetts and Dr Dan Estep

    Are you one of those trainers who gobbles up as much information about training as you possibly can? Do you ever question that information, or do you immediately accept it as valid? It can be challenging to know how to evaluate resources, especially if you are new to the field or when the information is presented in a manner that can make it appear to be supported by science. Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists Dr Suzanne Hetts and Dr Dan Estep give listeners insights into what it takes to be a critical thinker when evaluating resources related to animal training. Learn how to differentiate between types of publications. We also dissect how to think critically when evaluating references. You might also be surprised to discover some of the big hurdles that can prevent people from embracing the data. This episode is a great listen for the progressive animal trainer.

    • 46 min
    17 Gary Wilson: EATM The College for Animal Trainers

    17 Gary Wilson: EATM The College for Animal Trainers

    Have you ever asked the question………”How can I become a professional animal trainer?” My special guest Gary Wilson is here to help. Not only is Gary a professor at the Exotic Animal Training and Management (EATM) Program at Moorpark College, he is a graduate of the program and has been deeply involved in its growth and development over the years. For those of you already in the field, you are going to enjoy getting to know the history on how the training industry has evolved, especially in southern California. I definitely discovered some stories relevant to my own journey! Hear what it's like to be an EATM student, what animals they get to train, learn about some famous alumni, get the details on a certain viral video featuring a jugular blood draw from a hyena and find out how you might have a chance to join this outstanding program. I also answer a follow up question on showing food when training a recall behavior and whether to use intermittent schedules of reinforcement. Visit the episode webpage for the hyena video and link to a live-stream mentioned in the podcast.

    • 54 min
    16 Henrik Futtrup: Training Individual Flocks to Recall in a Aviary

    16 Henrik Futtrup: Training Individual Flocks to Recall in a Aviary

    What is your dream behavior to train? I have a feeling for many bird keepers it just might be this one! Imagine having a mixed species aviary in which each flock of birds recalls to a different sound and shifts into their own holding area. This dream is reality for Henrik Futtrup a keeper and trainer at the Copenhagen Zoo. In this podcast he not only shares the steps he took to train the behavior but also important details about antecedent arrangement, species specific considerations and how this behavior really paid off in an emergency. And in truth, this concept can be applied to any mixed species habitats…not just birds. I also answer one of your questions about how to train quick response to the cue when training for recall…. especially when there are lots of distractions.

    • 42 min
    15 When R+ is Coercive and R- is Not. Forget Hierarchies! Behavioral Procedures are Non Linear

    15 When R+ is Coercive and R- is Not. Forget Hierarchies! Behavioral Procedures are Non Linear

    ​​This is an episode you will want to bookmark, reference and listen to several times over. Dr Joe Layng gives insights that might surprise you into how behavior analytic principles influence behavior. Learn how degrees of freedom and critical consequences can cause positive reinforcement to be coercive. Explore the super fascinating non-linear approach to better understand behavior processes. Also discover what is really happening when we use systematic desensitization and counter conditioning in comparison to the more empowering constructional approach. Dr Layng shares how behaviors often described as “innate” were learned and can be influenced. And you will learn why phrases like “least intrusive, most positive” and “hierarchies of behavior change procedures” don’t really apply to the science. This is a fantastic episode for those looking for a deeper dive into the science behind the practical application. I also answer your questions about harness training a coati.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    14 Progressive Bird Training with Hillary Hankey

    14 Progressive Bird Training with Hillary Hankey

    My favorite kind of animal trainers are those who break the rules!! What I mean by that is that they are the ones who question everything in the name of doing it better. That is why this episode is entitled “Progressive Bird Training.” My special guest Hillary Hankey is one of those trainers who spends every day analyzing, studying and practicing the art and science of animal training with a diverse collection of birds in southern California. And her results have demonstrated that indeed we can always improve. She describes the spectacular immersive free flight experience guests, students, clients and interns can have when they visit her facility. We discuss practices that can improve the welfare of birds trained for educational presentations, as well as enhance the guest experience. This means diving into how we create motivation, collection planning, the types of behaviors we train and altering guest’s expectations. We also discuss the current trend of free flying companion parrots and some of the things pet owners need to take into consideration. Visit the episode webpage to see video clips and learn more about her online education program the Avian Behavior Lab and future on site workshops.

    • 54 min
    13 Extreme Falconry: Free Flight with Harris's Hawks Part 2

    13 Extreme Falconry: Free Flight with Harris's Hawks Part 2

    Join me for Part 2 of my fascinating interview with animal training pioneer Al Kordowski. Although the basis of our conversation is falconry with Harris’s hawks, Al’s background brings us to some of the early days of marine mammal training. He shares his experiences from working with a wide variety of species, including killer whales, when the animal training industry was rapidly evolving. Learn how cross species experience translates into free flight and how it can level up one’s skills. We also cover topics such as teaching animals to pay attention to specific signals such as cues and markers and how do you know what the animal is attending to? This also ties into discussions about the importance of teaching basic skills. Al also has extensive experience working in the service dog industry in which they developed and used temperament testing to match the right animal for the desired role. We discuss how this applies to the zoological field and falconry. We also discuss the merging of practical application and academia. It was another robust interview! I also answer your questions about dominance and have a special deal to help animal training enthusiasts make the most of the current situation.

    • 1 hr 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

amzimme ,

Improving My Training and Relationships

This podcast has SUCH good information and perspectives that have measurably improved my training, my approach to training, and my relationships with my pet dog as well as the critters I work with as a zookeeper. Practical approach, up to date with the latest research into behavior and training, all delivered from a warm and humble host. I love this

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!

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