Training for Professionals: Across Species
Comprehensive coverage of the concepts, principles, and practices of modern animal training—as well as animal-training sessions—each and every day.
If you had worked for Ken Ramirez at the world-famous Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, you would have learned the skills to take you from a novice to a trusted, independent trainer over the course of six years. Ken created this course to pack that information into one week! You should not expect to master six years of experience in one week, of course, but you will have resource materials that will guide you your entire career.
This course covers our view of the complete set of training skills used by animal professionals in a training environment. These environments include zoos and aquariums, veterinary offices, shelters, horse barns, and dog training facilities.
The course is not species-specific; the hands-on training sessions will be with the animals that live on The Ranch.
Each day Ken covers the core training theory, principles, and practices needed for working in almost any professional animal-training environment.
Each day students will develop their skills (and a relationship!) with one of the animals on the ranch over the course of the program.
Offered just two times per year, this 5-day course costs $1,650 and includes lunch every day, dinner on three nights, snacks and transportation to and from The Ranch from the recommended hotels, as well as training supplies and the course text.
Upcoming Course Dates:
September 11 – 15, 2017
February 5 – 9, 2018
Subjects include why training matters, basic and advanced operant conditioning principles, husbandry training, variety and enrichment, aggression and problem solving, and a look at putting it all together.