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Animal Training 101 Book

 Finally, a single text on animal training that is truly all-inclusive, while still focused on nurturing the vital relationship between animal and trainer!

Animal Training 101, the first handbook of its kind, finally offers a complete marriage of the science of animal behavior and the practical art of animal training. In one comprehensive volume, this approach is presented in a simple and practical way that will be useful to both the seasoned professional and a beginning level enthusiast working with animals of any species.

Where other animal training books focus on only a few chosen techniques, Animal Training 101 thoroughly explains the entire spectrum of training methods. Dr. Zeligs provides a cost-benefit analysis of each approach, while focusing on maintaining a trusting, positive relationship between animal and trainer. This well-organized reference enables you to easily find the optimal techniques to solve your specific training challenges and to decide which techniques best suit your individual needs. It is a must-have for anyone interested in animal training in either domestic or professional settings.

This text features:

• Both the science of animal behavior and the real-life practice of animal training
• Practical information useful to train both domestic and exotic animals
• Beginning and advanced techniques
• The most comprehensive and modern glossary of terms available
• Color illustrations


Author and professional Dr. Jenifer Zeligs offers a flexible, complete, and pragmatic approach that will allow you to connect with any animal in a mutually satisfying way.

"The level of sophistication of Animal Training 101 is just right. If Don’t Shoot the Dog is the ideal intro to the field then Animal Training 101 is the ideal introduction to nuance. Every new trainer has to discover the ambiguities of the craft for themselves, but this book can make those discoveries less daunting, and guide intermediate trainers through them, especially in work environments that have only adopted positive reinforcement training halfway, and where guidance can be lacking." John Widick, Reviewer, “Off the Shelf”, International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association

What I love about Jenifer is her dedication to discovering the practical truths about animal training and her passion for sharing them. My mentor, Pat Parelli, defines a true horseman as ‘someone who can get a horse to do anything within the realm of possibility, without offending the horse in the process.’ I would extend this to all animals in Jenifer’s case.” David Lichman, 5 Star Parelli Natural Horsemanship instructor

Review by IMATA




*Erratum: On page 182: the third paragraph, second sentence should read: “In the case of extinction, this occurs through no response from the trainer, whereas in the case of negative punishment this occurs through the removal of other reinforcers.” Currently it says “…in the case of negative reinforcement.”