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 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



Animals for Adoption



Temecula, CA

April 22-23

Sylmar, CA

April 29-30

Exton, PA

May 20-21

River Grove, IL

July 22-23

Johnson Creek, WI

August 12-13




$175/both days





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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 Temecula (San Diego / Escondido area) CA: April 22 - 23, 2017 

City of Temecula Conference Center 
41000 Main St. Temecula CA 92590 
(Old Town Temecula at the Civic Center) 

Local drive times: 1/2 hr. from Escondido & 45 minutes from Riverside / Corona; 1 hr. from San Diego or Ontario; 
1 hr, 15 minutes from Irvine & Anaheim. 


 Sylmar (Los Angeles area) CA: April 29 - 30, 2017 

Guide Dogs of America 
13445 Glenoaks Boulevard Sylmar, CA 91342 

Local drive times: 20 minutes from Burbank / Glendale / Sherman Oaks & Pasadena; 35 minutes from downtown L.A.; 45 minutes from Santa Monica; 1 hr. from Manhattan Beach, Pomona or Ventura & Ontario; 1 1/2 from Riverside.


 Exton (Philadelphia area) PA: May 20 - 21, 2017 

The Dog Training Center of Chester County (DTCCC) 
880 Springdale Drive, Suite 100, Exton, PA 19341 

DTCCC is located in the Whiteland Business Park on Rt 30  between Ship Road and The Rt 202 / Rt 30 Bypass Interchange. Turn into the business park at the traffic light onto Springdale Drive. It is the first building on the left. Entrance faces Springdale Drive. Look for the black awning above the door. Parking is available in the lot across from the front entrance and along both sides of the building. 
Local Drive times: 40 minutes from Philadelphia (via I-76W) and Wilmington (via US -202); 60 minutes from Allentown via I-476 & 80 minutes from Harrisburg via I-76E; 


 River Grove (Chicago area) IL: July 22 - 23, 2017 

Guerin Prep 
8001 W. Belmont Ave. River Grove IL 60171 
(12 Miles from downtown Chicago; 4 miles from O'Hare) 


West Belmont is right in between the Kennedy Expy. (I .90; Exit 79) to the North, and the Eisenhower Expy. (I 290; Exit 20) to the South. 

From Kennedy Expy., go south on N. Cumberland (Rt. 171), about 4 miles to a left on W. Belmont. for about 1/2 mile to Guerin. 

From Eisenhower Expy. go north on 1st Ave. (Rt. 171)--becomes N. Thatcher, for about 5 miles to a right on W. Belmont for about 1/2 mile to Guerin Prep. Local drive times: Chicago & Lombard: 35 - 40 minutes; Elgin, Evanston, Naperville & Oswego: 1 hr.; Champaign IL & Davenport IA: 2 1/2 hrs. 

 Johnson Creek (Madison / Milwaukee area) WI: August 12 - 13, 2017 

Comfort Suites Conference Rooms 
725 Paradise Lane
Johnson Creek, WI 53038 
(2 miles from Exit 267 on I-94) 

Johnson Creek is exactly midway between Madison & Milwaukee- 

Local drive times: 45 minutes from both Madison & Milwaukee, directly on I-94, 2 miles from Exit 267 and the Johnson Creek Premium Outlet Mall; also 45 minutes from Janesville & 1 hr. 20 min. from Oshkosh. 

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Early Bird Rates:  $90 per person per day and $175 per person for both days.

Regular Rates: $99 per person per day and $195 per person for both days


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. 


Temecula, CA

April 22-23

Sylmar, CA

April 29-30

Exton, PA

May 20-21

River Grove, IL

July 22-23

Johnson Creek, WI

August 12-13

Early Bird Ends

March 27

Early Bird Ends

April 3

Early Bird Ends

April 24

Early Bird Ends

June 26

Early Bird Ends

July 17






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. The rates below were quoted in late 2016. 


 Temecula (San Diego / Escondido area) CA 

Embassy Suites
29345 Rancho California Road, Temecula 951-676-5656 ($229) 

Hampton Inn & Suites Temecula
28190 Jefferson Ave. Temecula 855-605-0317 ($209) 

Springhill Suites by Marriott
28220 Jefferson Ave, Temecula 951-699-4477 ($159) 

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott 
27416 Jefferson Ave. Temecula 951-587-9800 ($149) 

Ramada Temecula
28980 Old Town Front St. Temecula 951-676-8770 ($192) 

Holiday Inn Express  
27660 Jefferson Ave. Temecula 951-699-2444 ($179) 

La Quinta Temecula
27330 Jefferson Ave. Temecula 951-296-1003 ($204) 

 Sylmar (Los Angeles area) CA 

Hampton Inn Santa Clarita
25259 The Old Rd. Santa Clarita 661-253-2400 ($129) 

14955 Roxford St. Sylmar 818-367-0141 ($109) 

Comfort Suites 
25380 The Old Rd. Stevenson Ranch 661-254-7700 ($119) 

La Quinta Santa Clarita
25201 The Old Rd. Stevenson Ranch 661-286-1111 ($155) 

 Exton (Philadelphia area) PA 

Hampton Inn 
4 N. Pottstown Pike (Rt 100) Exton, PA 610-363-5555. Pets up to 75lbs. $149 

Hilton Garden Inn Exton / West Chester  
760 Eagleview Blvd. E. Exton PA 610-458-8822 $149 

Sheraton Hotel 
707 E. Lancaster Ave., Frazer, PA 610-524-1894. Pets under 80 lbs. $146 + 

20 Morehall Rd., Malvern, PA 610-296-4343. Pets under 80 lbs. $119 + 

Holiday Inn Express
1 Morehall Rd., Frazer, PA 610-655-0400. Service dogs only $116+ 

Holiday Inn Express
120 N. Pottstown Pike, Exton, PA 610-524-9000. Service dogs only $125+ 

 River Grove (Chicago area) IL 

Loews Chicago O'Hare 
from $199, 5300 North River Road, Rosemont, IL (847)544-5300 

Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare 
from $133, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont, IL (847) 671-6350  

Crowne Plaza Chicago-Northbrook from $100
2875 North Milwaukee Avenue, Northbrook, IL 60062, 1-877-834-3613 (Reservations) 1-847-2982525 (Front Desk) 9.59 mi (15.43 km) from destination, a close by alternative if O'Hare hotels are fully booked 

Hampton Inn Chicago-O'Hare from $115
3939 North Mannheim Road, Schiller Park, IL, (847) 671-1700  

Four Points by Sheraton O'Hare from $96-$123
10249 West Irving Park Road, Schiller Park, IL, (847) 671-6000 

Marriott Chicago O'Hare from $152
8535 West Higgins Road, Chicago, IL, (773) 693-4444 

Chicago Marriott Suites O'Hare from $143 
6155 N. River Road Rosemont IL, 847-696-4400 

Johnson Creek (Madison / Milwaukee area) WI 

Comfort Suites 
725 Paradise Lane, Johnson Creek (Exit 267; I-94) 920-699-2800 
Regular rate: $150 Special rate for attendees: $95 - not available on line. Call in and ask for "Block Rate for Animal Behavior 

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