Karen Pryor Academy: The Most Efficient Path to Becoming an Animal Trainer

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Veterinarians, technicians and other dog enthusiasts often ask me about the most efficient way to learn about animal training or to become a trainer. Currently, my best recommendation is the Karen Pryor Academy and others agree. Just ask veterinary technician Debbie Martin, a KPA graduate and co-author of Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog.

The Best Animal Trainers in History: Interview with Bob and Marian Bailey, Part 2

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In the last blog, you learned about how and why Marian and Keller Breland started Animal Behavior Enterprises (ABE), the most successful and prolific animal training company that has ever existed. In this segment you’ll find out more about Bob Bailey, how Keller got involved in developing the first scientifically trained dolphin show, and what dolphins were trained for in the Navy. Bob also reveals the four most common trainer errors.

The Best Animal Trainers in History: Interview with Bob and Marian Bailey, Part 1

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If you ask someone who they think is or was the best animal trainer in history you’ll get many different answers. Some may pick a dog trainer they have seen on T.V. or a lion or horse trainer they have seen at a show. Trainers who know the history of animal training agree that by far the best trainers who ever lived were Marian and Keller Breland—who for 47 years ran the most successful animal training business that ever existed.

Clicker Training Horses: Can It Be Done?

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Can you really clicker train a horse? For decades, dolphin and killer whale trainers have been using a variation on positive reinforcement called clicker training. In the 1980s, the method started picking up steam with dog trainers and now it’s finally catching on with horses too.

Want a Cuddly Pet? Rats as Pets

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“She has all the personality of a dog or a cat and some advantages that dogs and cats don’t offer,” says Henderson. “For one, she’s small so you can keep her in a cage and take her traveling with you. She’s also litter box trained and she knows some tricks. The best thing about her, though, is her sweet personality.”

Chicken Training

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I am a Psychology student who is currently enrolled in a subject that requires animal training. I was wondering how many days did it take you to teach the chicken those tricks? Did you use positive reinforcement?