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Training by Any Other Name

TRAINING BY ANY OTHER NAMEALWAYS TRAININGOften, I find myself sharing my belief that training is not a luxury, but an integral part of a good, responsible, and professional animal-care program. I imagine that most professional trainers have clients, friends, and relatives who don’t quite get training. They don’t understand training, and don’t recognize its importance. In other cases, however, training …

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Not My Grandfather’s Ranch

I grew up on a ranch in Southern New Mexico, a 6000-acre ranch sprawled across desert terrain at the base of the Rocky Mountains. I still visit my family’s ranch regularly, but it has not been a major part of my life in recent years. I’ve lived in cities for the better part of my professional career, so colleagues and friends were surprised to find out that I left Chicago, where I lived for almost 30 years, and moved to a 13-acre ranch in the Seattle/Tacoma area.

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Intro to Cowbell: Teaching Goats a Reliable Recall at The Ranch

INTRO TO COWBELLTEACHING GOATS A RELIABLE RECALL AT THE RANCH One of our first goals with the ranch animals is to teach them all a reliable recall. This will be particularly important for calling the animals back from the large pastures or to bring the goats into their night stall each evening. Our first step was to find which reinforcers …