The Basics of Operant Conditioning

Everyone knows that you can fix most problems with a hammer, a screwdriver, and a pair of pliers. In this class, we will develop an operant conditioning "tool box" and begin to fill it with some basic tools. Attendees will learn about several key operant conditioning tools and how to use them to solve routine problems in animal management. In addition, class participants will explore a few of the early researchers and their work in operant conditioning that led to the development of a technology we now use to enhance the care of our animals and our safety. Attendees will review questions to ask prior to beginning any behavior managment program. We will explore the conditioning of three common behaviors that are helpful in animal management.

course length: 1 hour