Oh boy, I really scored big on this one! This week we got to hang out with The Ken Ramirez! (I know! Squeeeeee!)

Ken is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Training Officer of Karen Pryor Clicker Training where he helps oversee the vision, development, and implementation of training education programs for the organization. With over 40+ years of experience in animal care and training, Ken is an accomplished author, biologist and animal behaviorist who has an impressive resume working and consulting with training centers, aquariums, and zoos across the country.

Since 2005, Ken has brought his experience as a trainer of many cognitive projects with marine mammals and primates to the dog arena. Most notable has been his work with modifier cues, adduction, matching to sample, mimicry, and counting. The latter two projects: teaching dogs to mimic or imitate other dogs, and to learn the concept of counting are in the process of being prepared for scientific publication.

For more on Ken’s experience, check out his full bio here.

During our conversation, we discussed:

  • How Ken got started in animal training “way back when”
  • Tips on what we can do if we want to be just like him when we grow up
  • Update on his new hands-on training center…The Ranch!


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