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Ken Ramirez - Educational Seminar

  • 20 Jun 2015
  • 9:00 AM
  • 21 Jun 2015
  • 4:30 PM
  • Olathe Community Center, 1205 East Kansas City Road, Olathe, Kansas 66061


  • Ken Ramirez Event - HEART Member - Attending both June 20 & 21
  • Ken Ramirez Event - HEART Member - Attending one day (June 20 or 21)
  • Non-HEART Member - Attending both days June 20 & 21
  • Non-HEART Member - Attending one day only June 20 or 21
A 35+ year veteran of animal care and training, Ken Ramirez is a biologist and animal behaviorist who has acted as a consultant to many zoo and aquarium programs throughout the world. He began his training career working with guide dogs for the visually impaired and has maintained a close affiliation to pet training throughout his career. He hosted two successful seasons of the pet training television series Talk to the Animals. He has also recently worked closely with several search and rescue dog organizations, service dog groups, as well as with bomb and narcotic dogs. Ramirez has been active in several professional organizations, including the International Marine Animal Trainer’s Association (IMATA), of which he is a past president. Ken has been actively involved in the creation of a certification process for animal trainers in zoological settings. 

Ramirez has written for numerous scientific publications and popular articles, and authored the book Animal Training: Successful Animal Management through Positive Reinforcement, published in 1999. He also teaches a graduate course on animal training at Western Illinois University.

Ramirez is a popular speaker and his seminars fill quickly, so register early!

Saturday June 20
Basic Training Philosophy: Introduction to the two-day seminar and an overview of Ken’s personal training philosophy and how these topics might weave together. 

Reinforcement Strategies: “Using Non-Food Reinforcers Effectively” Most experienced trainers recognize the value of finding reinforcers other than food or treats. However, not every trainer knows how to establish new reinforcers nor how to evaluate their effectiveness. Ken will share his perspectives and experience with non-food reinforcers and explain his approach to implementing them into a good training program. 

Handling Animal Mistakes: Ken will share his perspectives regarding how a positive reinforcement trainer should deal with animal errors. He will look at the popular use of no reinforcement markers and time outs and offer more positive alternatives, particularly the use of re-direction. 

Complex Tools: This seminar will look at a potpourri of topics that are sometimes not explored in great depth. Ken will look at the practical aspects of these tools and look at the science behind each of them. These may include, but are not limited to: Keep Going Signals, End of Session Signals, No Reward Markers, Least Reinforcing Scenario, Recall Signals, Jackpots, Behavior Chains, Release Signals, Differential Reinforcement Strategies, and Adduction. 

Sunday June 21
Concept Training (Modifiers, Mimicry, Matching to Sample, Counting & Adduction): “Stretching Your Dog’s Capabilities” There are many conceptual ideas that require a much more focused approach to training. This seminar will review the foundation needed for training broad concepts like modifier cues, mimicry, adduction, matching to sample and other conceptual tasks. A large amount of time will be focused on step by step training procedures for several of these ideas. This topic is designed for experienced trainers and animals. 

Social Animals: Ken has worked with exotic animals for more than 35 years and used specific strategies for introducing dangerous animals to each other and followed strict protocols which assisted in teaching these animals to live successfully together. In 2013 he took on a dog project with a number of aggressive and reactive dogs and used the same techniques he had used with exotic animals to teach these problematic shelter dogs to live together. This seminar will outline the strategies and techniques needed to train animals to live and work together. 

Conservation Training: One of Ken’s passions in the past decade has been to use his training skills to assist in conservation projects with animals living in the wild. In this brief seminar he will share some inspiring stories about unique uses of positive reinforcement training to assist in helping wildlife.


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