Advanced Animal Behavior Workshop

October 2022 Workshop SOLD OUT

Next Workshop: February 1st-4th, 2023

Workshop Basics

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This immersive retreat offers a deep dive with at least three hours a day of hands-on guided practical training opportunities with ABI’s animals, training demonstrations, and some classroom time as well.

The advanced animal training workshop explores five main topics across the course of the retreat:

  • Thinking Outside the (Four) Boxes: Introduction to the Constructional Approach
  • Progressive thoughts on the weight management algorithm and alternatives
  • Troubleshooting latency, fear responses
  • Outside influences – training outside the session
  • Shaping and the Role of Errorless Learning

Who is this for?

This animal training workshop is animal keepers, owners, and trainers that have an understanding of operant conditioning and learning theory. It’s recommended that advanced workshop guests will have attended a workshop, conference, or online course before and want to continue their exploration of animal behavior and creative problem-solving. 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.

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What You Will Take Home

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This animal training workshop and retreat is designed to take our guests to the next level of their relationship with the animals in their care. Coursework and practical application with ABI’s animals will allow attendees to practice and refine complex concepts across species and challenge them to look at their day-to-day interactions in a new way.  Utilizing various aspects of learning theory, including operant conditioning and natural behavior, students will come away with skills to create motivation and support appropriate behavior through environmental design and innovative animal husbandry practices.

October 2022 Workshop SOLD OUT

Next Workshop:

February 1st-4th, 2023

Workshop Basics

Palm cockatoo training

This immersive retreat offers a deep dive with at least three hours a day of hands-on guided practical training opportunities with ABI’s animals, training demonstrations, and some classroom time as well.

The advanced animal training workshop explores five main topics across the course of the retreat:

  • Thinking Outside the (Four) Boxes: Introduction to the Constructional Approach
  • Progressive thoughts on the weight management algorithm and alternatives
  • Troubleshooting latency, fear responses
  • Outside influences – training outside the session
  • Shaping and the Role of Errorless Learning

Who is this for?

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This animal training workshop is animal keepers, owners, and trainers that have an understanding of operant conditioning and learning theory. It’s recommended that advanced workshop guests will have attended a workshop, conference, or online course before and want to continue their exploration of animal behavior and creative problem-solving. 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.

What You Will Take Home

Saker Falcon falconry class

This animal training workshop and retreat is designed to take our guests to the next level of their relationship with the animals in their care. Coursework and practical application with ABI’s animals will allow attendees to practice and refine complex concepts across species and challenge them to look at their day-to-day interactions in a new way.  Utilizing various aspects of learning theory, including operant conditioning and natural behavior, students will come away with skills to create motivation and support appropriate behavior through environmental design and innovative animal husbandry practices.

Course Fee

Early Bird Pricing

$1160

Regular Pricing

$1460

Registration is Open!

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Other Details

Accommodation is recommended either at the Best Western in Escondido or the Econo Lodge in Escondido

We provide airport pick-up and drop-off service from the San Diego Airport as well as transportation to and from the ABI ranch.

Lunches, beverages, and snacks are provided at the ranch.

Any changes to your workshop booking must be made before 2 weeks prior to the event start date. Refunds will not be issued within 14 days of the start of the event. Proof of vaccination for Covid 19 is required for attendance.