training

Bambi’s First Steps of Positive Reinforcement Training

Due to a lack of safe facilities, Bambi’s zoo was unable to fully assess her medically, so there are many questions about her health. We suspect some kidney issues, and her weight loss is a cause for concern. She has some obvious issues with one nail and her cuticles, but…...

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One Step Back. And Two Steps (and four sticks) Forward.

When Mara lived at the EcoParque, her life was different in a lot of ways. One of these differences is the bars that separate her from humans. Here, the bars on the fencing are widely spaced of course, but even in the chute and our training walls, we still have…...

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Training and Treatment With Our Inseparable Twosome

As we have mentioned previously, Rana has a papilloma near her eye (the white spot that is visible in photos). We treat it every other day with topical preparations and a medical cold laser. Since Rana and Mara are somewhat inseparable, we are using Rana’s every-other-day eye treatment as a…...

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That Big-Eyed Lady Look

Our human team has been working hard to train Lady to present her feet for medically necessary footwork. It’s beginning to feel a little repetitive to just ask for her feet over and over again, but we also know that repetition is what solidifies the behavior and she isn’t 100%…...

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Step by Step

Lady’s training has been moving ahead step by step.  She has some sessions when she is distracted, but on those days, we keep it short and simple or try again later. When we have a “do-over” session later that day, she seems to do great. Training sessions include only medically…...

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Lady and Karissa’s Training Sessions

With Karissa here to focus on Lady and the new training areas along the fence line in the habitat, Lady has been enjoying afternoon watermelon (whoops, we meant training sessions) the past two weeks. As we recently mentioned in a post, Karissa is a protected contact and positive reinforcement trainer…...

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