How Animal Training Taught Me Better People Skills


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So much about being successful in the animal-training world has nothing to do with training skills! Certainly we need the requisite experience and behavior skills, but being successful is about other skills, too, especially organizational, teaching, and general people skills. Ken shares case studies from his many experiences as a consultant.

Presenter Bio

Ken Ramirez is Executive Vice-President and Chief Training Officer of Karen Pryor Clicker Training where he helps oversee the vision, development and implementation of training education programs for the organization. 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 has worked 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. Ramirez has written for numerous scientific publications and authored countless popular articles.



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