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.
29 - CAT with Kellie Snider
Constructional Aggression Treatment, also known as CAT, first debuted in the animal training community in 2007 when Kellie Snider made the procedure the focus of her thesis. Since then it has been fine tuned, practiced, applied and successfully replicated countless of times with a wide variety of species. Kellie and I discuss what inspired her studies and why it is such an important procedure for improving animal welfare. We also get into the mechanics of practical application and some points to consider for those new to the procedure. If you have been on the fence about CAT, we also clear up the confusion by diving into the behavior science behind function based interventions. CAT fans and fans to be, will love this episode. Visit the episode webpage for links to Kellie's book and webinar on CAT.
28 - Improving Animal Welfare with Science with Eddie Fernandez and Rickey Kinley
Do you have a feeling something you are doing or would like to do could improve animal welfare? Have you thought about collecting data, evaluating your results, and publishing it so others can benefit? My guests in this episode are Dr Eddie Fernandez and Rickey Kinley. They share how zoos can participate in scientific studies to improve animal welfare. They give great tips on how to establish crucial relationships, what is required to conduct a study, how studies can be accomplished with one or many animals, and how to get the ball rolling! Behavior, enrichment, and animal welfare are hot topics in our field. Facilities caring for animals large and small have the potential to keep providing data and information that supports progress. Learn how you can get involved. Visit the episode webpage for links to publications and lots of additional resources.
27 - Training Marine Mammals with Andy Ferris and Maggie Gonio
Working with marine mammals is often identified as the dream job for many pursuing a career in animal training. Although I personally went a different direction to learn about training, I have had a number of good friends gain their training chops working with marine mammals. My guests in this episode are colleagues from my early days in the zoological field who became seasoned pros working with a variety of marine mammal species as well as many other animals. Andy Ferris and Maggie Gonio give us insights into the differences of working with species typically seen in managed care, share some fascinating behaviors trained with marine mammals, surprise us with marine mammal ingenuity and most importantly provide advice for those interested in becoming a marine mammal trainer. We cover much more, including tips for getting fish smell off of your hands! Visit the episode web page for additional resources on marine mammal training,
26 - Training Orangutans for Cardiac Care
Whether you work with great apes or not you have to listen to this episode! Here is why. This episode is all about making a difference. It is also a great reminder that everyone has the power to make changes that can have a tremendous impact on animal welfare. As you listen to this episode, I encourage you to think about the similarities to training a new behavior. It all starts with what you can do now and how you can build upon that beginning. My special guests Emily Ellison of Cameron Park Zoo and Laura Klutts of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo took the inspiration they experienced from a learning opportunity and helped grow this into an in-depth Great Ape Cardiac Workshop. If you are working with primates, you will be further inspired by the information that is being collected and shared at this event. We covered a lot of details in the podcast, including the dates for the next event. Visit the episode web page for links to the workshop and super inspiring video clips courtesy of Waco City Cable Channel.
25 - How Trained Birds are Advancing Technology with Dr David Lentink
I am often reminded of all the incredible things animals and training brings to the world. My guest this episode is the perfect example. You are going to love this fascinating interview with zoologist and engineer Dr David Lentink. David has merged his passion for nature and technology to study flight. He runs the Bio-Inspired Research and Design (BIRD) Lab at Stanford University. We discussed training various species of birds, training in wind tunnels, examining exquisite details of how birds fly, training a parrot to wear goggles, using technology to facilitate stress free restraint for health care, flying robots and so much more. I could have talked with David for hours! There was so much interesting material to cover. Visit the episode web page for links to articles and video clips mentioned in the interview.
24 - Veterinary Behavior with Dr Valli Parthasarathy
Many animal caregivers seek veterinary advice when their animal is showing undesired behavior. In some cases underlying health issues can be contributing to behavior problems that need to be addressed. However there may be other factors to consider that require the services of a veterinarian who specializes in behavior. Veterinary behaviorists are board certified and specially trained to advance behavioral health in many different ways. My special guest this episode is Dr. Valli Parthasarathy, PhD, DVM, DACVB. She is one of a handful of veterinary behaviorists improving animal welfare by focusing on their behavioral health. Dr Valli shares the many different disciplines involved in veterinary behavior, what types of problems she sees in practice, and some inspiring success stories. Learn what it takes to become a veterinary behaviorist and if this might be the career path for you.
I am a longtime animal care professional and truly appreciate this podcast! I always come away with great tidbits that strengthen my training skills. Highly recommend to anyone looking to up their training game!
Great Resource for Animal Training
This podcast is fantastic for anyone interested in learning more about training topics throughout the zoo community. Barbara’s passion for training and helping others train shines in this program. It’s a rare resource to have such an accomplished professional share their personal experiences to help others grow their passion. I highly recommend this to my coworkers and friends interested in training. Keep up the great work!
Every animal behavior professional and bird lover should follow this podcast!
I am so thrilled that Barbara Heidenreich has created this podcast! I'm a small animal veterinarian with a special interest in birds/exotics and behavior. I routinely refer clients to Barbara's animal training resources, as I know they are going to get good quality, reputable information and not waste hours on YouTube watching pointless videos. My favorite podcast episode is the one where she and her guests talk about the Fear Free Veterinary Avian Certification, which they helped create. I haven't finished taking the course myself yet, but I'm working on it!