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Smallest Success Point: Using Capturing for Management & Problem-Solving

We don’t advocate flooding techniques with an animal learner. So why overwhelm an animal handler with too many steps in a caregiver plan?

Capturing behavior that an animal offers naturally on its own is common practice in zoological programs, but less common in canine handling and teaching. This invaluable approach can help reduce stress for everyone involved in the training process. In many cases, capturing identifies a small but crucial point of success that helps people understand how to change the conditions to change behavior.

This Session will include lecture, video presentations, demonstrations, and practical applications that relate to everyday problem-solving.

In this Session, you’ll learn:

  • The benefits of capturing behavior
  • Management and behavior-modifications plans that complement each other
  • Useful tips that demonstrate classical and operant conditioning
  • Through discussions and examples, how to use environmental conditions to benefit hands-on sessions with clients, handlers, and animals
  • Considerations about when and how to apply capturing techniques
  • How to integrate video and data as a supportive tutorial
  • TAGteach application for the handler side of shaping plans
  • How to incorporate practical applications into your teaching curriculum
  • Record-keeping strategies to help jump-start training session plans
  • Tips about animal introductions and a multi-species environment
  • Engaging exercises to utilize in your personal training or course curriculum and more!

Laura Monaco Torelli

Laura Monaco Torelli is the founder of Animal Behavior Training Concepts in Chicago, Illinois. She began her career in 1991 at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, where she trained beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters, seals, river otters, and penguins. After nearly a decade at the Shedd, she moved on to the San Diego Zoo and then Brookfield Zoo as a lead supervisory trainer. During her time in the zoo community, Laura worked with a wide variety of terrestrial animals, including primates, large cats, birds of prey, horses, parrots, tree kangaroos, giraffes, red pandas, and dogs.

Laura serves as a member of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior (KPA) Faculty, and as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Susan G. Friedman’s Living & Learning with Animals online course. She offers private training at West Loop Veterinary Care, located in downtown Chicago. Laura has presented at numerous professional conferences and taught seminars across the United States, Italy, Sweden, UK, Singapore, Japan, and the Caribbean. She was an invited speaker for the American Veterinary Medical Association Convention, Midwest Veterinary Conference, and Penn Vet Working Dog Conference. She has appeared on various broadcast media, including WGN and NBC 5 news, WGN Radio, and WCIU’s You & Me This Morning. She also contributed her training videos for the Fear Free Professional Trainer Certification program, and the Karen Pryor Academy Better Vet Visits online course.