Trainers are frequently faced with the dilemma of working with an animal that is uncomfortable around people or reluctant to participate in training sessions. How do we deal with that, and where do we start? What strategies are the most effective at drawing an animal out of its shell and gaining its trust? Do the strategies differ from the strategies when working with fearful or reactive animals, or is it really the same thing? Why do some trainers focus on operant solutions while others focus on respondent solutions? Does it matter? What is the most effective approach to help the animal?
Ken Ramirez will share his perspective on this topic by examining various case studies in which he took different approaches with each unique case in settings as varied as the zoo, the shelter, and The Ranch. He will share why each case required a different strategy but will also point out several common tools that were needed for each case. During this Dem-OH!, Ken will work with his alpacas and demonstrate live examples of the skills and steps he talks about in his lecture. Join Ken for this special LIVE version of a topic presented at ClickerExpo 2020.