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Understanding the Bridging Stimulus
A question I am frequently asked is “Why didn’t you bridge?” Which may be more accurately interpreted as why didn’t I use a clicker, a whistle or say a word such as “good”? In reality there is a bridging stimulus, however it is not what people traditionally identify as that signal. The bridging stimulus is a tool for communication that is widely misunderstood. It is often singled out and separated as a specific entity that a trainer must identify and utilize in order to be successful. This presentation will explore what animals may be using as information that indicates reinforcers are forthcoming. It will also explain situations in which a bridging stimulus can be beneficial, unnecessary and at times detrimental to the training process. You will also discover appropriate as well as some creative applications of the bridging stimulus to improve training. This presentation will also clarify why some concepts described as intermediate bridges, terminal bridges and keep going signals are not necessary. Numerous video presentations will help you gain a deeper understanding of the bridging stimulus.
Training from A to Z
The Zoological Society of London
These days most good Zoos have training programmes, but not all species experience the benefits. Marine mammals, large carnivores and great apes have a long history of training for improved welfare in zoos, but the less traditional species such as nocturnal mammals, reptiles, fish and breeding programme birds often miss out.
This presentation demonstrates how promoting inclusivity in our animal training programmes can transform the way we care for all kinds of animals in Zoos and aquaria.
Using examples from across the taxonomic groups, we will explore the diverse ways in which Zoo animal caregivers are replacing traditional methods of husbandry and medical care, such as manual restraint, with a co-operative and progressive approach to animal care, and provide evidence into how this change is having a positive impact on Zoo animal welfare, whatever the animal.
A Solid Foundation Rocks!
Are you a dedicated animal trainer, always looking for ways to improve your training? You are not alone. Many animal trainers get inspired seeing impressive animal training videos on social media that show amazing behaviors. They then seek out courses and webinars promoting “advanced” training concepts, and rush to use what they learn without questioning the validity of the premise. Foundation behaviors are often highly underestimated and much less attractive, but when lacking, also the reason why these so called “advanced” concepts often fail.
In this presentation, I will try to give some examples of how training foundation behaviors are sometimes quite advanced, and how using them to their full potential can promote much better care for your animals. I will also share my thoughts on ideas that have been considered advanced, and how some terms, like “Choice and Control” are used - but are they really understood?
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