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ASAT 2020: Ken Ramirez – Adduction: Combining cues conceptually

This is the sixth in a series of posts based on my notes from the 2020 Art and Science of Animal Training Conference that was held in Hurst, Texas on February 22-23, 2020.   To learn more about the conference, you can visit the conference website. Please note that this article is based on the speakers slides and my notes. If you choose to quote from it and want to know […]

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ASAT Conference 2019: Ken Ramirez – Common Trainer Errors: How to avoid them and why we make them.

Ken Ramirez has been a professional animal trainer for almost 40 years. I am constantly amazed at the scope of his work. He has trained more species for more different applications and in more environments than anyone else I have met. He currently works as the Executive Vice President and Chief Training Officer for Karen Pryor Clicker Training and does consulting work for other organizations. At this conference, he talked […]

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ASAT Conference 2018: Ken Ramirez on “No Reward Markers (NRMs): Science and Practice”

This the first in a series of posts based on my notes from the 2018 Art and Science of Animal Training Conference that was held in Irving, Texas on March 24-25, 2018.   To learn more about the conference, you can visit the conference website. While I try to take accurate notes, it is possible that there are errors or that some detail is lacking.  If you post a comment […]

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ASAT Conference 2017: Jesús Rosales-Ruiz: Premack and Freedom and Ken Ramirez: Teaching an Animal to say “No”

The idea of choice was one of the underlying themes of the conference and is always an important consideration for positive reinforcement based animal trainers. At some level, animal training is about teaching an animal to do the behaviors we want, and to do them when we want them, but there are many different ways to go about getting there. This conference has always been about exploring how we can […]

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ASAT Conference 2017: A summary of several presentations on duration

This year (2017) the Art and Science of Animal Training Conference had a theme for each day. On Saturday, the lectures focused on the Premack Principle and how reinforcement works. On Sunday, the focus was on how to effectively maintain behaviors. As you might expect, there were some interesting connections between different presentations, both across topics and between topics.Because of this, rather than write about each presentation separately, I am […]

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ASAT Conference 2016: Ken Ramirez on the “Conservation Connection – Training to Save Wildlife”

As a trainer who works with both domesticated and wild animals, Ken Ramirez has had many opportunities to see how good training skills can be invaluable in many different situations. I’ve heard him talk about training at the Shedd Aquarium, as well as at other zoos and aquariums, but this was the first time he talked about training as part of conservation efforts.  In his talk he presented a nice […]

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ASAT Conference 2016: Ken Ramirez on “Bubble Rings and Beluga Whales”

I first heard about the beluga whales and bubble rings a few years ago when someone mentioned them at ClickerExpo, but I never heard the whole story about how the training was done. So I was pretty excited that Ken was going to talk about this at ORCA.  In this short talk (approx 30 minutes), he described how the project came about and how the training was done. If you’ve […]

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