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Reinforcement Strategies

Social Animals

Aggression Reduction

February 12 & 13, 2022: 

Orlando, FL

Sponsored by:

Animals for Adoption and

University of Doglando: 

A 2018 A-List multiple award winner for Pet Training, Doggie Daycare and Boarding.

 PROGRAM: CEU's: 13 

Past attendees tell us that Ken's presentation "is like watching a great artist or athlete performing at the highest possible level".

 Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 



Basic Training Philosophy

  • Introduction to the two-day seminar and an overview of Ken's personal training philosophy and how these topics might weave together.

Using Non-Food Reinforcers Effectively 

  • Most experienced trainers recognize the value of finding reinforcers other than food or treats. However, not every trainer knows how to establish new reinforcers nor how to evaluate their effectiveness. 

  • This seminar will focus on two different categories of non-food reinforcers:

    • Novel Reinforcers such as clapping, praise, or a simple thumbs up as well as 

    • Natural Reinforcers such as playing, chasing, and social interactions. 

  • Ken will share his perspectives and experience with non-food reinforcers and explain his approach to implementing them into a good training program and maintaining their effectiveness.

Complex Tools

  • This seminar will look at a potpourri of topics that are sometimes not explored in great depth. Ken will look at the practical aspects of these tools and look at the science behind each of them. 

  • These may include, but are not limited to: Keep Going Signals, End of Session Signals, No Reward Markers, Least Reinforcing Scenario, Recall Signals, Jackpots, Behavior Chains, and Differential Reinforcement Strategies.


 Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 



Social Animals: Working with Groups of Animals

  • Ken has worked with exotic animals for more than 35 years and used specific strategies for working with multiple animals. Over the years he has introduced these concepts to dog trainers to assist them in working with multiple animals at the same time.

  • This seminar will focus on: stationing strategies, fairness, use of a marker signal, and introducing new animals to each other.


Aggression Treatments & Management Strategies 

  • Aggression is a constant concern for trainers of domestic and exotic animals as it is a natural part of all animal's repertoire.  

  • This seminar focuses on: an exploration of the various popular aggression treat- ment plans and their specific effectiveness and the underlying science behind them. 

  • Then Ken will share the step by step strategies and techniques he uses for reducing aggression.

Aggression & Multi-Animal Case Study 

  • In 2013 Ken took on a nearly 3-year dog project with a number of aggressive and reactive dogs and used the same techniques he had used with exotic animals to teach these problematic shelter dogs to live together. 

  • This seminar will outline the strategies and techniques needed to train animals to live and work together and examine how well that worked for these highly aggressive dogs. It will provide food for thought in looking at whether or not these tools may be effective in other situations.

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Ken Ramirez's Advanced Training



Ken Ramirez



Orlando, FL

February 12 & 13, 2022

Hosted by:

Animals For Adoption


Early Bird

(byApril 12):



$175/both days

Groups 3-4:


Groups 5+:


Regular Rates:


$195/both days





Most trainers know of Ken as the Principal speaker and organizational force behind Clicker Expo’s worldwide. That is just the tip of the iceberg:


In October 2014, Ken Ramirez became Executive Vice-President and Chief Training Officer of Karen Pryor Clicker Training where he helps oversee the vision, development and implementation of their training education programs. This move is in line with Ken's philosophy of helping to bring positive reinforcement training to all corners of the animal training world.  

Ken previously served as the Executive Vice-President of animal care and animal training at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, where he developed and supervised animal care and animal health programs, staff training and development as well as public presentation programs for the entire animal collection of more than 32,000 animals. He worked at Shedd for nearly 26 years.  In October 2014 Ken began a new role as a training advisor at Shedd as part of his responsibilities with Karen Pryor's organization. 

A 35+ year veteran of animal care and training, Ramirez is a biologist and animal behaviorist who served nine years at Marineworld of Texas.  He also was a trainer and coordinator at Ocean Safari in South Padre Island, Texas, as well as acting as a consultant to many zoo and aquarium programs throughout the world.  He began his training career working with guide dogs for the visually impaired and has maintained a close affiliation to pet training throughout his career.  He hosted two successful seasons of the pet training television series Talk to the Animals that compared pet training to the important work done with training and caring for animals in zoological facilities.  He has also recently worked closely with several search and rescue dog organizations, service dog groups, as well as with bomb and narcotic dogs.  

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.  Both of these projects have documented cognitive abilities in dogs that have not been previously well documented or understood.    

Ramirez has been active in several professional organizations, including the International Marine Animal Trainer's Association (IMATA), of which he is a past president.  Ken has been actively involved in the creation of a certification process for animal trainers in zoological settings.  He has been on the faculty of Karen Pryor's Clicker Expos since 2005. 

Ramirez has written for numerous scientific publications and authored countless popular articles.  He authored the book ANIMAL TRAINING: Successful Animal Management through Positive Reinforcement, published in 1999. He also teaches a graduate course on animal training at Western Illinois University. 

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 Orlando, FL 

Avanti Palms Resort & Conference Center

6515 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819

This is the sister hotel of the one we used this 2 years ago but is much newer, with a much larger conference room and more conference facilities.

(click here for map) 

Directions & Travel Times:

Hotel is in South West area of Orlando about 1 1/4 miles from Exit 74A of Highway I-4.


It is just 1 hr.15 min. from Tampa, Approx. 2 hrs. from Gainesville, Jacksonville, Jupiter & Sarasota.


From the West: Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Clearwater etc. Exit 74A of the I4 is just before (and thus avoids) the so called I-4 “Disney Exits”


From the North and East  you can avoid the I-4 “Disney Exits” by using routes FL 417 South and / or FL 528 West

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Early Bird Rates by April 12, 2021:  $90 per person per day and $175 per person for both days.

Regular Rate after April 12, 2021: $195 both days & $99 one day.


Group Rates: $155 per person for groups of 3-4. $135 per person for groups of 5 or more. 

Click the below button for Group Reservations.


All deposits fully refunded, at any time, in case a person needs to cancel a reservation for any reason. There is never a cancellation fee. 


Early Bird by April 12, 2021






Due to space limitations, we will not be permitterd to have dogs in the meeting room (other than service dogs, of course.)


CONDUCT: During the lectures, please turn off all cell phone and pager audio alerts. Please take all private conversations outside while the speakers are presenting.

BABIES: The presence of a baby is likely to be distracting to other participants, so we ask that you refrain from bringing any babies or very young children into the lecture hall.

VIDEOTAPING: No videotaping or audiotaping is permitted. A selection of videotapes and books will be available for sale.


SHOPPING: A selection of books and videos will be available for sale.

PARKING: There should be ample parking at the seminar location.


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Hotel rates are seasonal and may increase the closer you get to the dates of your stay there. 

 Orlando, Florida Convention Center District 

Avanti Palms Resort & Conference Center

6315 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819


Rates start at $129


Ramada Plaza

6500 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819


Rates start at $95


Best Western

7299 Universal Blvd

Orlando, FL 32819


Rates start at $77


La Quinta Inn & Suites

5825 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819


Rates start at $128


Hampton Inn Orlando

7448 North International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819


Rates start at $170


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