Fantastic Beasts and How to Train Them: Exploring Behavior Cue and Training Beginning with Small Mammals
March 31 – April 2, 2017
Explore training techniques with a variety of species, beginning with guinea pigs. For this three day seminar, participants will focus on learning and training together while working with an eclectic assortment of animals.
Seminar participants will work with small mammals to practice and explore training methods. Participants will have opportunity to interact with the wolves, lure train with the foxes, and more! In the classroom, participants will discuss reading social cues among various species, exchange training advice, and explore other subjects regarding the extensive world of animal training. As always, meeting the wolves face-to-face is a welcome opportunity at Wolf Park seminars.
This seminar is recommended for the semi-advanced trainer, especially those interested in McCort’s Advanced Training Seminars. Beginner trainers or young trainers are also welcome. Participants under eighteen will not be able to visit wolves but will receive extra time with the foxes.
For participants interested in learning more about Wolf Park, the staff will offer a special session the day before. Sign up to arrive at 2:00pm Thursday, March 30th, for a staff-led tour of the park which will include a detailed history of the park. Following that, the staff will conduct the mandatory safe animal handling presentation a day early. Then join the staff for dinner at a local restaurant and receive a perfect opportunity to question some of the experts in the wolf world. On Friday, during the scheduled handling presentation, those who have already seen the talk will receive extra animal time instead.
The seminar will be conducted over three full days. The program will begin at 8:30 each morning and continue until 5:00pm. Participants are invited to attend Saturday’s Howl Night and early morning wolf observation time. Each participant will receive a personalized folder full of information about the park. Breakfast and lunch are provided as is Friday dinner. Sign up today for an event you will never forget!
Continuing Education Units
CPDT: 17 Trainers, 11 Behavior Consultants
Ken McCort’s Biography
Ken McCort owns and operates Four Paws training center in Doylestown, Ohio. Along with his wife, Marilyn, a veterinarian, he lives with 6 dogs, 7 cats, 8 large birds, 2 goats, a pony and 4 llamas. In his profession, he works with animals with behavioral concerns. Most clients and animals are acquired by referred from veterinarians or other clients. He has been training animals full time and on a one-on-one basis since 1986. Currently, he works with dogs, cats, birds and llamas. In addition to his business, Ken is a certified master instructor with the Delta Society’s Pet Partner program. Not only does he evaluate and certify animal/handler teams to visit in hospitals, nursing homes and many other areas, but he also helped to develop and now teaches the Licensed Team Evaluator Course given by the Delta Society both nationally and internationally. Currently Ken is working with 15 hospitals that have visiting animal programs including the “Doggie Brigade” at Children¹s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, OH. Ken has taught courses on animal behavior at the University of Akron and Columbus State University. He has presented before the Midwest Veterinary Conference, the Society of Anthrozoologists, the Delta Society, Tufts University Animal Exposition, and many other animal related groups. In addition, Wolf Park in Battleground, Indiana, which is a research facility that studies wolf behavior, utilizes Ken for some of its presentations, and has allowed him to train with their wolves for many years.
Participants must be over 18 years of age in order to enter the enclosure with the wolves.
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.
Call the Wolf Park office at (765) 567-2265 between 9-5 Mon-Fri if you have any questions about any of our seminars.