Training and Behaviour
Welcome to the Training and Behaviour Page!
In case you didn't know, during my first Bachelor of Science degree, I minored in Psychology. Part of your training is learning about the history of how the field came about.
We learnt about operant conditioning and positive reinforcement.
I then applied this knowledge when I was working as a zookeeper. You cannot make a large carnivore do things that it does not want to do. In training tigers and cougars to facilitate shifting from one region to another, so that we could safely go in to clean their enclosures, it was easier when the animal was not afraid of you, and when they had a motivation to shift - like food.
I now use all this knowledge to help pet owners with tips that they can use when training their pets to cohabitate in the human world. If you are struggling with a particular behaviour, chances are you are not alone! It is always best to inform your veterinarian when it happens early. Hopefully your veterinarian has also picked up on subtle signs during the early days of your pet's life.
If you have questions about training, feel free to drop me a line.