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, Teaching a Bridge and Target, and Teaching a Recall, by showing students how to shape these elements into a send. If you’ve ever watched an animal show at a zoo and wondered how the trainers got the animal to go do something and come back to them, this course will show you how.
In this class, students will learn how to shape a target and a recall into a send. By pairing these two behaviors together and learning the elements of excellent timing, students will be able to build their very first behavior chain. This course will not only introduce the idea of a send, but also a few more advanced training techniques, such as variable reinforcement schedules, least-reinforcing scenarios, and a delta.
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.
This is hands-off, live demonstration and lecture class. A live animal may participate for demonstration purposes. All participants will qualify for the Animal Behavior: Teaching a Send 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 fifth class of the series.
$40 per participant for 1.5-hour class. Limit 15 participants. Weather permitting.
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