Presented by Iron Oak Canyon Ranch's Animal Care Academy, this segment of our Animal Behavior series of clinics and classes will build on the previous courses by showing students a few techniques for dealing with aggression and unwanted behaviors in animals under their care and training. Ever had a resource-guarding dog who growled when you or the cat got near their food? Ever owned a bird that screamed, or knew a naughty horse? This class will teach you the techniques you can use to deal with unwanted behaviors from just about any animal.
In this class, students will learn about the other, lesser-known tools in the operant conditioning toolbox. By leveraging all the elements of operant conditioning, students can still gently, but effectively, reduce the occurrence of unwanted or aggressive behaviors. When choosing a career in professional animal training, how you deal with aggression or unwanted behavior could mean the difference between an average day and a very bad one. By taking this course, students will build a kit of tools they can reach for when these situations arise.
Does this course description make you want to scratch your head? Come take this class and you’ll be speaking training jargon like a pro in no time.
This course is taught by ranch owner Lessa Ritzma, whose previous career credits include zookeeper and exotic animal trainer, along with over twenty years of horse experience. Guest lecturers may teach portions of the course.
This is a hands-off, live demonstration and lecture class. A live animal may participate for demonstration purposes. All participants will qualify for the Animal Behavior: Dealing With Aggression and Unwanted Behavior credit for Iron Oak Canyon Ranch's Animal Behavior certificate. The Animal Behavior certificate core courses are meant to be taken in order, and this is the sixth class of the series.
$50 per participant for 2-hour class. Limit 15 participants. Weather permitting.
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