Hello, wolf and wildlife lovers! We have heard your requests and have decided to create a specialized program designed to maximize hands-on experience with many different species, ranging from small to large! Our Multi-Species Workshop, featuring Ken McCort is designed for the experienced trainer in mind. This workshop, catering towards trainers with at least one year in the professional circuit, gives the opportunity to get your hands dirty training a variety of exotic species in a team setting. Participants will have the unique opportunity to discuss the behavioral attributes of our canid collection, as well as our bison, and to develop and apply training plans to each species, utilizing participants’ existing skill-sets. The emphasis of this workshop is on the development and adjustment of training techniques and plans based on the context, and needs of the learner, so lectures will largely be discussion based, as participants share their experiences and or pitfalls with training sessions and work to adjust the plans where needed . Trainers will be given the opportunity to apply their hard-earned skills in a variety of wildlife contexts, with multiple opportunities to discuss, revise and analyze participant goals as the weekend progresses. Protected contact, and limited free-contact settings are available to participants with our ambassador wolves, foxes, and bison. All training will be under the supervision of Wolf Park staff and Ken McCort. Participants will work as a team to create a training program, implement their plan and problem solve with Ken and Wolf Park staff throughout the workshop and coaching sessions. This exclusive seminar is limited to 10-12 participants.
The total cost of the seminar is $1,000. A 50% deposit is required to secure a spot in this seminar. Full payment is due one month prior to the seminar.
For Experienced Professional Trainers ONLY
Continuing Education Units
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 several years.
Gates open at 8:30 on Friday. Participants may also join the Friday and Saturday Howl night programs. The seminar will conclude by 5 p.m. on Sunday. Two breakfasts, three lunches, and one dinner are included in the fee.
Participants must be over eighteen to visit 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.