When an animal trainer is working with a group of animals, a great method for handling all of them at once is “stationing”. Without station training many animals I worked with, my work life would have been a lot more frustrating.
Welcome to my Book Project, currently called Animal Notes, but I’d love suggestions for a better or more apropos name- Keeper Records, Training Notes, Reviews for Zoos… Whatever conveys the sharing of ideas to improve the lives of (not just) animal care professionals so we can show up as the best versions of ourselves for the animals, the community, and the world.
I hope this month has been a positive experience for anyone participating in Plastic-Free July. That’s the whole point of ZooFit and the Eco-Challenge. Have fun and make conservation fitness positive for you and the world. Read More “Plastic-Free July Eco-Challenge, Day 26- A Little AC/DC”
When we start changing our own behavior for the better, it sometimes has a weird effect on our mentality. You want to shout from the mountain tops how eliminating plastic from our life has made it better. And you notice the actions of others NOT eliminating plastic much more prominently. Read More “Plastic-Free July Eco-Challenge, Day 25: Reinforce Others”
After an event I hosted earlier this month, an attendee mentioned she didn’t feel she did enough. She listed all the things her family does to eliminate waste, especially plastic. It was a very impressive list. And this lady thought she wasn’t doing enough. Read More “Plastic-Free July Eco-Challenge, Day 24: Reward Thyself”
There are preferable situations for the two methods of dealing with setbacks. Lowering the criteria is a great way to deal with temporary issues and challenges. A lapse in motivation, schedule changes, vacations, and other unforeseen events are scenarios which lowering criteria may help. Read More “Going Back to Kindergarten”
Training animals is like having a bank account. Except for money, we are saving up trust with the animal. Keep a fair amount of trust in your account, and the relationship stays stable. Too little trust, and you go bankrupt. Read More “Motivation in the Bank”
Staying motivated, especially in fitness, is not an easy task. Our willpower is finite, so depending on ourselves to do something we view as a chore is a difficult option. Deplete your willpower too much, and there is nothing left in reserve to help us out when we really need it. Read More “How to Get and Stay Motivated”
After my last post, I received a few requests asking for help deciding what to use instead of food. In Positive Reinforcement isn’t a Burger Part 1, I talk about choosing rewards and incentives not focused around food. I understand this isn’t the easiest idea to wrap your mind around. So, here is a helpful exercise to practice in discovering your incentives, rewards, and reinforcements. Read More “Positive Reinforcement is Not a Burger After the Gym: Part 2”
Applying operant conditioning to your fitness program is a lot of fun. It’s especially fun when you focus on positive reinforcement as your primary method of teaching yourself healthy new habits. Read More “Positive Reinforcement is Not a Burger After the Gym (Part 1)”