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    March 28th & March 29th, 2015 from 9am – 5pm / Location – Wings over the Rockies – 7711 E Academy Blvd #1, Denver, CO 80230 / $350.00
    CCPDT and IAABC CUE’s will be available


    • Reinforcement Strategies – “Using Non-Food Reinforcers Effectively” Most experienced trainers recognize the value of finding reinforcers other than food or treats, BUT not every trainer knows how to establish new reinforcers or how to evaluate their effectiveness. Ken will share his perspectives and experience with non-food reinforcers and explain his approach to implementing them into a good training program.
    • Complex Tools – We will look at a potpourri of topics, looking at the practical aspects of these tools and the science behind each of them. Included are Keep Going Signals, End of Session Signals, No Reward Markers, Least Reinforcing Scenario, Recall Signals, Jackpots, Behavior Chains, Release Signals, Differential Reinforcement Strategies, and Adduction.
    • Concept Training – “Stretching Your Dog’s Capabilities” Here we will review the foundation needed for training broad concepts like modifier cues, mimicry, adduction, matching to sample and other conceptual tasks setting the attendee up to explore conceptual training on their own.
    • Social Animals – Strategies and techniques needed to train animals to live and work together. Ken has worked with exotic animals for more than 35 years and used specific strategies for introducing dangerous animals to each other and followed strict protocols which assisted in teaching these animals to live successfully together. In 2013 he took on a dog project with a number of aggressive and reactive dogs and used the same techniques he had used with exotic animals to teach these problematic shelter dogs to live together.
    • Mistakes that Trainers Make – This seminar will focus on some of the most common mistakes and short-cuts trainers take and look at the reasons we are often tempted to go in the “wrong direction.” Nearly two dozen common mistakes and solutions will be discussed from “looking for the quick fix” to a problem to a trainer’s desire to ask for a behavior “just one more time” or “use a behavior before its training is complete.”

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    Ken Ramirez, the Executive Vice-President of animal care and animal training at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, develops and supervises animal care and animal health programs, staff training and development as well as public presentation programs for the entire animal collection of more than 32,000 animals. In October 2014, Ken will officially begin his new role as Executive Vice-President and Chief Training Officer of Karen Pryor Clicker Training where he will help oversee the vision, development and implementation of training education programs for the organization. This move is in line with Ken’s philosophy of helping to bring positive reinforcement training to all corners of the animal training world. A 35+ year veteran of animal care and training, Ramirez is a biologist and animal behaviorist. Since 2005, Ken has brought his experience as a trainer of many cognitive projects with marine mammals and primates to the dog arena. Most notable has been his work with modifier cues, adduction, matching to sample, mimicry, and counting. The latter two projects: teaching dogs to mimic or imitate other dogs; and to learn the concept of counting are in the process of being prepared for scientific publication. Both of these projects have documented cognitive abilities in dogs that have not been previously well documented or understood.

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