Give Training Back to the Animals
In this Session, Chirag will focus on training from the perspective of the animal and on looking at the larger context of animal welfare and humane care. The Session will look at what a trainer should consider before picking up the clicker, including understanding the animal’s natural behavior, safety, and long-term needs. Chirag will discuss the importance of teaching animals to cooperate in their own health care (husbandry behaviors) and how to make that easier for both trainer and animal.
The Session will explore the benefits of and methods needed to empower a learner. Chirag will demonstrate how he teaches the learner to engage in a signal that cues the trainer that the animal is ready for the training conversation ahead, as well as when the learner needs a break. These strategies help increase positive welfare, reduce aggressive behavior, and create learners that are motivated and actively part of the conversation.