training

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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Karissa Is Back and Working with Lady

Karissa is back at Elephant Sanctuary Brazil for four weeks. She is a protected contact and positive reinforcement trainer that we have worked with previously. She has worked extensively with the elephants at Mendoza on our behalf to prepare them for their quarantine periods and transports here. She has worked…...

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Lady’s Baby Steps That Are Really Giant Leaps

Lady is starting to understand the “big picture” of target training. Simplistically, target training is the process of teaching her to touch a specific part of her body to a target. This morning, we used the “target pole” (which looks a lot like a giant q-tip) to ask for her…...

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New Training Areas and Treatment Chutes Going Up

It isn’t cost-effective to purchase partial loads of steel, so when purchasing tubes for Kenya’s fencing we had to round up a tiny bit. Thankfully, we always have ways to use extra steel. As Lady has revealed herself to be quite an explorer, we are using some of the extra…...

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Training, Treats and Curiosity at The Square

  Lady watched Rana’s treatment along the fence with fascination and rapture a few days ago. We treated Maia and Rana along the fence line again today – this time, we had a third person with us, so Kat did the treatment on Maia near the gate at the square…...

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