“Empowering Learners: Re-Assessing Training Fundamentals, and Emphasizing Choice when Dealing With Problem Behaviors” with Chirag Patel
May 18 – 20, 2018
Join us, the Wolf Park Staff, with world-renowned trainer Chirag Patel for three days of theory, discussion, and hands-on interactive demonstrations that will challenge and expand your animal training knowledge and experience. Utilizing Positive Reinforcement methodology, the theme for this workshop will be to re-evaluate the levels of active participation we allow our animals in a particular training session, and how that affects the strength—or latency– of behavior. Empowering our animal learners, by placing an emphasis on choice and active participation in the development of new behaviors, existing husbandry practices, or behavior modification, opens new doors of communication and is sure to radically change the way we view our relationship with the animals in our lives. And, it’s not just for dogs! The knowledge and hands-on skills provided will allow participants to expand their training repertoire across multiple species; participants will get opportunities to observe, and interact in both protected, and free contact settings with our ambassador animals, collaborating with Chirag and the Wolf Park staff to manage wolf, fox, and coyote behavior, as well as questioning commonly accepted training ideas.
Starting with reviewing the fundamentals, Chirag Patel will provide his invaluable insight and unique perspectives to reform the basis of what it means to truly train together—extending his theories and application into dealing with difficult animals, and problematic behaviors by the end of the 3-day workshop. This workshop is open to all who work in the animal field: come keepers, trainers, kennel workers, groomers, veterinarians and animal enthusiasts alike! There is much to learn, and something for everyone!
Participants must be over 18 years of age in order to enter the enclosure with the wolves.
ABOUT CHIRAG PATEL
BSc (Hons), PGCert (CAB), CPBC, DipCABT
Chirag entered the field professionally in 2004 and has since become a leading figure in the profession internationally. He is highly sought after for consulting with private clients and organizations as well as running workshops for professionals internationally. Chirag consults on the behavior management and training of domestic animals kept as pets, exotics, zoo and laboratory animals. His passion is the application of behavior change science and ethics to improve the life of animals living under human care, especially applying training principles to teach animals to be active participants in their own daily and veterinary care in a stress free manner.
Chirag is a consultant for Guides Dogs for the Blind Association and the Kong Company. In 2015, Chirag was invited to join the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), Animal Training Focus group as the scientific officer and external consultant. He has also been invited and accepted as a Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant (CPBC), with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).
Previously Chirag has worked for Dogs Trust as Assistant Head of Canine Training & Behavior. Managed the Animal Behavior Centre at Dr. Roger Mugford’s Company of Animals in Chertsey, Surrey. He has also held a post at the University of Lincoln, as a research technician responsible for the training of Rats and Degus in a sponsored odor discrimination and Indiction project. In addition to this Chirag worked in veterinary practices part time for over 6 years.
Wolf Park reserves the right to cancel a seminar if there are fewer than 5 participants registered as of 30 days before the start of the seminar. In the case of cancellation, we will refund registration fees in full, or the participant can choose to transfer into a different seminar.
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