SEMINAR PROGRAM 

 Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

 

REINFORCEMENT STRATEGIES (CEU's: 13.0 for CCPDT)

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 & AGGRESSION REDUCTION STRATEGIES

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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THEME

Ken Ramirez's Advanced Training

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PRESENTED BY

Ken Ramirez

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CO-HOSTED BY

Animals for Adoption

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WHEN & WHERE

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

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FEES

$90/day

$175/both days

 SPEAKER PROFILES 

 

 KEN RAMIREZ 

 

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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 LOCATION & DIRECTIONS 

 

 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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 SEMINAR FEE 

 RATES 

 

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 REGISTRATION & RATES 

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.

 TERMS 

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. 

 REGISTER & PAY ONLINE 

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