Animal Behavior Training Retreat

This animal training workshop is an immersive five day retreat. It combines presentation, demonstration, and hands on animal training opportunities covering learning theory, behavior science principles, and problem solving tools. Here at Avian Behavior International, we have a strong background working with companion parrots, birds in educational programs, and falconry birds of prey. That said, with our qualified staff and co-trainers and various farm animals, reptiles, and companion animals, we are excited to provide a well-rounded experience for attendees looking to enhance their knowledge. Guests have the opportunity to work through mentored sessions with professional animal trainers for real time feedback to grow their skills, powers of observation, and mechanics. The customized format also includes a question and answer panel and case studies discussion to address specific questions and learn how to incorporate these practical skills into our daily lives. Training opportunities will involve a wide variety of bird species, farm animals, dogs, and even reptiles to help build our understanding of what makes the best animal companion and teacher in each of us.

What You Will Take Home

In addition to written course materials that will help animal training workshop guests long after their stay at the retreat, visitors will come away with a new mindset as to how to approach behavior challenges and solutions. These are based on science-backed techniques that change the way we manage our daily lives and reduces stress for everyone. With a focus on animal training mechanics and body language (human and animal), the mentored training sessions will provide a pathway to smoother communication and reduce problems overall. Guests will be able to apply these concepts right away, understanding their powerful effects and apply the knowledge of navigating difficult variables.

Who This Retreat is For

This animal training workshop is for animal lovers, keepers, and pet owners who have a curiosity about living a more rich life with their animals. A basic understanding of operant conditioning is helpful, but not necessary. While we have a strong attendance in companion parrot owners, this course also fits well with industry professionals and other animal lovers excited about animal behavior.

Workshop Leaders and Training Team

Trainers Hillary Hankey of Avian Behavior International, Chris Shank of Cockatoo Downs, and the training team of Avian Behavior International

Current Dates Available

Tuesday November 6 – Saturday November 10, 2018
(Optional Monday Night Icebreaker)

Registration includes five lunches, Saturday dinner, snacks and beverages, and transportation to and from recommended hotels.

Early bird registration through September 30, 2018: $995
Regular registration after October 1, 2018 : $1075

Terms and Conditions

See also our Advanced Animal Behavior Workshop

Workshop Testimonials

My experience with Hillary Hankey and her expert Avian Behavior International colleagues and amazing animals was inspiring. Although I have studied the application of behavior science to animal behavior and training in many hands-on work-shops, I highly recommend Hillary Hankey and Avian Behavior International where you can learn, regardless of your level of skill, in a highly supportive and enriching multi-species environment set in the stunningly beautiful hills of Escondido, California.
-Patricia K. Anderson, PhD, CPBC

The ABI Training workshop was one of my favorite animal experiences of all time!  Very well done, and very useful information delivered in a fun and interactive manner.  Hillary and her team are a wealth of information on training and animal behavior.  I would highly recommend the ABI Training Workshop to anyone that is interested in improving their animal training skills, working with unique species hands on, and having a blast all at once!
-Paige Davis, World Bird Sanctuary

Prior to the ABI workshop I had no bird experience. Working with Hillary, her amazing guest trainers from around the country and amazing animals was a great experience. The content was easy to understand and we had tons of time to ask questions and join in on discussions about the covered topics. The training techniques can be used with all animals and has helped me train the many different animals on my ranch. Since the workshop I have also acquired two birds and have continued training with the techniques I learned there. I would highly recommend this workshop for anyone interested in building a solid foundation in bird training.
-Jason Duncan, Janda Exotics Animal Ranch

I was fortunate to attend a five-day workshop at Avian Behavior International earlier this year. The instructors were educated, compassionate and skilled animal professionals, and excellent educators. It was the perfect setting to work on/acquire new skills in a safe, supportive environment. It’s also a unique opportunity to work with a wide variety of bird species and hoofstock. I look forward to attending many more ABI workshops in the future!
-Jennifer Michelle Phillips, Canine Behavior Science