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.
The animal training book Don’t Shoot the Dog is a must read for anyone wanting to change behavior. It doesn’t matter if the behavior you are wanting to change is your own, your pets, your kids’, or your spouse’s behavior. Read More “30 Days of ZooFit: The Exceptions to the Rules”
If you would like a glimpse into my inspiration and what influenced me for ZooFit’s first cornerstone, Fitness Through Operant Conditioning, look no further than the book Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor. I really love this book because every time I read it, I find something new I never before considered with ZooFit. Read More “30 Days of ZooFit: Focus on the Positive, Learn from the Animals”
A little over a month ago, I attended the Clicker Expo in Portland to network and review hot topics that are discussed among fellow animal trainers and see what would be relevant for my book. Read More “Clicker Worthy Moments from Clicker Expo”
There is an incredible amount of passion residing within me. It seems obvious that I would have such strong infatuation for animals and nature, given my career of choice. Growing up, I jumped at every opportunity to increase my knowledge and experience with wildlife and their environments. As my admiration for nature grew, so did a third, very prominent obsession: conservation. The more I learned about my favorite animals, and the more I studied nature, the more I wanted to do everything in my power to protect both. More than one person can relate to this story, I’m sure. Read More “100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 100: Awakening the Passion for Conservation and Fitness”
When I began my journey into fitness a couple of years ago, I didn’t have the experience of creating healthy habits, setting fitness goals, or any motivation, really. What I did have was over 13 years experience training animals. As I progressed in fitness, I couldn’t help but see the correlation between how I planned and prepared myself and the animals I worked with for new behaviors, and the success of creating new, healthy habits. As time went on, and I learned more from other fitness gurus, the more I believed that applying the principles of operant conditioning and animal training would help increase likelihood of success. Read More “100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 73: Fitness Through Operant Conditioning”
There is a fairly popular and famous animal behavior expert by the name of Steve Martin.
Please do not confuse him with the comedian. I’m sure he gets it ALL THE TIME! He has so much great insight on practices for training, I consider him a true mentor in the field. One of his many “gems” discusses the relationship between animals and trainers as a “trust bank”. I have found this philosophy to coincide well with my fitness and wellness practices, but instead of calling it a “trust bank”, I refer to the actions I take as “putting motivation in the bank.” But let me explain a little more what this “bank” reference means.
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I know this is going to sound blasphemous coming from me, but I’m going to go ahead and say it: There is a boring side to fitness, and I’m delving into it head-on right now!
In my endeavors to become a mentor and knowledgeable in my conservation fitness program, I felt I should get some sort of professional recognition to help back up many of my fitness claims and suggestions. So, I found an online personal training certification course and I’ve signed up. I have no desire to be a personal trainer, even if I get the certification, but the title will give me some credentials that I can’t get with the “zookeeper” or “conservationist/environmentalist” titles. Read More “The Boring Side to Fitness”