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!