This week we are exploring a major rabbit hole with special guest, Ken Ramirez, and talking about concept training and teaching modifier cues… very nerdy subjects indeed!
I know you already know who Ken is, either you remember him from Episode #18… or maybe you recognize his name from some other conference, or book, or DVD, or television special…
But just in case you don’t remember:
Ken Ramirez is the Executive Vice President and Chief Training Officer at Karen Pryor Clicker Training (KPCT). A trainer and consultant for over 40 years, Ken most recently served as the Executive Vice President, Animal Care and Training, at Chicago’s world-famous Shedd Aquarium. He is an accomplished author, biologist, and animal behaviorist and is basically famous for doing all kinds of amazing training with all kinds of animals.
What we talked about:
- What is a “modifier cue”?
- How are modifier cues different from regular cues?
- What makes it a “concept”?
- What are some practical examples of using modifier cues and concept training in the real world?
- What’s the best place to start working with concept training and is there anything we need to know first?
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