A Four Day Chicken Clicker Camp With Terry Ryan
April 30th, May 1st, 2nd & 3rd 2016
IAABC - 25 CEUs
CPDT - 21 CEUs
KPA - 21 CEUs
PPG - 24 CEUs
Monthly Financing Available - Pay over 8 months
Meet Greta Tudge, Faculty Member & Entertainment Director
Learn Shaping, Targeting and Discrimination Skills
with Terry Ryan
"The usual training biases can be left behind. The playing field is equal--the vast majority of class participants have never touched a hen, much less trained one. No one has read a chicken training book or watched a chicken training show on TV. Chickens are faster than most dogs, therefore are a good model to help with timing and eye-hand coordination. It’s impossible to force a chicken to do anything—she’ll just freeze or fly away. We must rely on keen criteria selection and a high rate of reinforcement to keep the chickens in the game. Chickens aren’t as forgiving as dogs. Unlike dogs, you know immediately if you are taking advantage of a hen" Terry Ryan.
Summary of Your Four Day Camp
With the help of a variety of chickens we’ll work on mechanical skills involved with effective delivery for reinforcement. Exercises include observing and recording behavior on a simple ethogram. We’ll explore how chickens acquire, store and process information. The student’s understanding of the concepts of applied behavior analysis will be developed. There will be several target exercises that relate well to the training of any species. Through visual discrimination tasks, we’ll work on fluency, latency and problem solving. No experience needed.
Why Attend a Chicken Camp To Improve Your Skills
You do not have bad or good chicken training habits because you have never trained a chicken before, thus avoiding the baggage often taken to dog training workshops.
Training a chicken is a stretch and a boost to your mechanical skills. The average chicken is faster than the average dog, giving you a chance to improve your coordination and timing.
Chickens will freeze or fly away if they don’t like the way you are training them. Unlike dogs, you will know immediately if you are taking advantage of a chicken or pushing too hard, too fast. Chickens don’t give their trainers a second chances as often as our dogs do.Each working spot student will be partnered with another human and a chicken to train. You will take turns training your chicken and helping to coach your partner.
Listen to Terry Ryan explain why these camps are so effective for dog trainers.
A Typical Day At Camp
These topics will be covered in approximately the following order.
- Mechanical Skills – drills for eye-hand coordination, timing and observation skills
- Ethology-consideration of the ethology, physical attributes, and stress issue of the animals
- Umwelt – how individuals acquire, process and store information differently
- Selection, identification and effective marking (use of bridge) of training criteria
- Reinforcement: rate/schedule/value/delivery/quantity, 80% rule, Premack principle
- Capturing and Shaping behaviors – in general and specifically to target training
- Criteria Selection and Identification – what do you really want?
- Goal Setting
- Task Analysis – breaking it down, instructional formatting, training plans
- Lateral thinking techniques
Your Instructor - Terry Ryan
CPDT-KA, KPA CTP Faculty
Terry Ryan, President, has been a dog training class instructor since 1968. Through Legacy, Terry teaches pet dog classes, writes books, presents national and international seminars and workshops, hosts interns, and does consults. She was the Coordinator of the People-Pet Partnership, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University from 1981 until 1994. Terry was a competitor and American Kennel Club judge. She was on the American Humane Society’s advisory board for humane dog training. You can read more here
You can pay for this event over 8 months.
- No dogs are permitted at the Chicken Clicker Camp
- Financing is available over 8 months. after you register please contact Rebekah King
- The complete event must be paid for 3 months prior to the event date
- A boxed lunch from Panera Bread is provided each day. ( a lunch order form will be circulated nearer the date)
- Bottled water is also provided. If you require soda then please provide your own
- You will be involved in handling chickens and their care during the workshop. Please dress appropriately.
- No refunds will be granted
- The property is in a rural area, please wear appropriate fully covered flat shoes
- On-site parking is provided