A five day immersive retreat that combines presentation, demonstration, and hands on training opportunities covering learning theory, behavior science principles, and problem solving tools. Topics will include how to set up the environment for success, develop sensitivity, and how to make the most out of new relationships. Guests will be given opportunities for mentored hands-on training each day, to hone their skills and learn new ones with farm animals as well as birds including parrots, corvids, hornbills, birds of prey, and toucans, dogs, and even reptiles to help build our understanding of what makes the best animal companion and teacher in each of us.
While a general understanding of operant conditioning is helpful, the most important asset is a curious mind and eagerness to expand one’s skillset living and working with animals.
Tuesday, January 30 – Saturday, February 3, 2018
Trainers Hillary Hankey of Avian Behavior International, Chris Shank of Cockatoo Downs, and Cari Clements Inserra of San Diego Zoo and Training Assistant Kathryne Thorpe of Avian Behavior International
Registration includes five lunches, Saturday dinner, snacks and beverages, and transportation to and from recommended hotels.
Early bird registration through December 15, 2017: $1075
Regular registration after December 15, 2017 : $1190