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Unlock the secret science of behavior with Dr. Jenifer Zeligs through Animal Training 101!  Discover how to interpret behavior using a scientific approach melded with the art of training.  These techniques can be used with any species!

Taught in 3 parts, Part 1: Communication 101 will teach you all the techniques of explaining to animals how to do behavior you want!  Understand classical and operant learning and how they are used in training behavior, and the six basic operant techniques and their advantages and disadvantages.   Offered together - Parts 2 and 3: Motivation and Practical Training 101- will teach you to master the process of troubleshooting, reducing problem behavior, and creating complex behavior you never thought possible!

Join live online for parts 2 & 3, Motivation and Practical Training 101 each week from 10/18/17-12/6/17 or watch anytime on demand at your own convenience. If you missed Part 1, Communication 101, it will be available on demand from 9/18/17-12/20/17! See prices, registration, and details below for the full AT 101 course and the individual portions!


Package prices for full course (part 1, 2, &3):

$490 (before 8/20/17)

$570 (after 8/20/17)

Part 1: Communication 101 available on demand 9/20/17 - 12/20/17

Parts 2 & 3: Motivation 101 and Practical Training 101 Available live Wednesday afternoons (PST)10/18/17-12/6/17 and on demand from 10/18/17-12/20/17


“She was very engaging and her passion for the subject was not only evident, but contagious.  She also was very casual, which made it a more comfortable learning environment where you felt like you were just chatting about training rather than being lectured to about it.   I found this class super informative and I see it helping me so much in my job.  I’m looking forward to taking parts 2 and 3!”

 -Emily Bricker, Primate Keeper, National Zoological Park

Communication 101 (At 101 part 1):

Available on demand only from 9/20/2017-12/20/2017

Lecture 1: A new conversation about the confluence of ethics, science, and practice in animal training. Overview of the science and ethics of behavior modification and an introduction to the pros and cons class model for best outcomes.

Lecture 2: Introduction to communication. Operant and classical conditioning comparison. Understanding associative learning and classically conditioned stimuli: Bridges and advanced communication stimuli (KGS, intermediate bridges, redirection stimulus, end-of-session stimulus)

Lecture 3: The art of training: successive approximations. Training plans and the basic 

formula for training behaviors.

Lecture 4: The Six Basic Operant Techniques: The pros and cons of Free shaping (scan and capture).

Lecture 5: The Six Basic Operant Techniques: The pros and cons of Mimicry and Baiting.

Lecture 6: The Six Basic Operant Techniques: The Pros and cons of Manipulation and Negative Reinforcement.

Lecture 7: The Six Basic Operant Techniques: The pros and cons of Targeting and closing thoughts.


Prices: (Communication 101 only)

$190 (Before 8/20/17)

$220 (After 8/20/17)


Motivation and Practical Training 101 (AT 101 Part 2 & 3):

Available live Wednesday afternoons (PST)10/18/17-12/6/17 and on demand from 10/18/17-12/20/17


Day 1 (10/18/17):  Drives, definitions understanding motivators, drive systems and emotions

Day 2 (10/25/17):  Forming behavior: Reinforcement and rehearsal principles and schedules

Day 3 (11/1/17): Reducing behavior: Punishment and prevention overview and principles

Day 4 (11/8/17): Desensitization techniques: Habituation, counter-conditioning, systematic desensitization and flooding

Day 5 (11/15/17): Other prevention strategies: Redirection (DRI, DRO, conditioned relaxation, behavior momentum), increased response effort and extinction


Day 6 (11/22/17): Troubleshooting: general analysis of problem and objectives, interventions and assessments for creating desirable behavior in the real world

Day 7 (11/29/17): Troubleshooting problem behavior especially working with aggression

Day 8 (12/6/17): Training trainers and top strategies and memes from throughout the course

Prices: (Motivation and Practical Training 101 only)
$300 (Before 8/20/17)
$350 (After 8/20/17)


“I currently train dogs, and I was able to see how the things that I may never think twice about doing as an animal trainer, are real training principles that I have overlooked, or forgotten!  I’m really looking forward to the motivation and practical courses to help me to be a better trainer! I’m a fan!”

-Jessica Perry, Perfect Pets