Seminar med Ken Ramirez

Ken Ramirez Training & Consulting: Bio

In October 2014, Ken Ramirez began his role as 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. This role aligns with Ken's philosophy of helping to bring positive reinforcement training to all corners of the animal training world. 

Lørdag: 31. oktober 2020

Søndag 1. november 2020

2 dager spekket med kunnskap fra en av verdens fremste dyretrenere: KEN RAMIREZ

Sted: Drammen / Scandic Hotell

Påmelding: (bindende)

Språk: Engelsk

Målgruppe: Alle som vil lære mer om trening av dyr

Arrangør: Drammen Hundesenter / Gro Saugerud

Pris: 3500.- inkl Morning break før kursstart, lunsjbuffet, Evening break med kake, frukt og annet godt å bite i. Kaffe, te og isvann gjennom kursdagen.

Program (mer utfyllende info lenger ned på siden):

 DAY 1

- Husbandry

- Reinforcement Strategies

- Complex Tools


- Handling Mistakes Positively

- Problem Solving

- Concept Training and Overview 

- Recipe for Becoming a Top Trainer

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.


A 40+ 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 bookANIMAL TRAINING: Successful Animal Management through Positive Reinforcement, published in 1999. He also teaches a graduate course on animal training at Western Illinois University. 



  • Husbandry

This seminar looks at the keys to developing a good medical training program for any species of animal.  It includes targeting strategies, desensitization techniques, and basic concepts needed to gain an animal’s trust and develop reliable medical care behaviors.  This seminar can be a short overview or a detail how-to seminar for any species or setting.

  • Reinforcement Strategies

Most good trainers recognize that reinforcement strategies are at the heart of successful training.  This seminar delves deeper into many topics, including a discussion of what is a “positive reinforcement trainer” and what are the basic reinforcement keys that all trainers should keep in mind.  A significant part of the seminar will focus on non-food reinforcers, reinforcement variety, and evaluation of reinforcers – with particular emphasis on the importance of strategic implementation of any new reinforcement plan.  This is a core competency for trainers at all levels and this seminar is suited for all training levels.

  • Complex Tools

This is an in-depth look at some of the lesser-discussed but still frequently used and debated training concepts.  This seminar will focus on the mythology behind the concept, the science that exists supporting the concept, and the instructor’s observations on the practical use of the concept.  Depending on how much time is scheduled, the instructor will select from among the following concepts: Keep Going Signals (KGS), Time Outs (TO), Non-Reinforcement Markers (NRM), Redirection Strategies (DRA), End-of-Session Signals (ESS), Jackpots, Contingency Markers, Recall Signals, and the Least Reinforcing Stimulus/Scenario (LRS).   This seminar is focused at experienced trainers, but is suitable for all levels.



  • Handling Mistakes Positively

Over the years, Ken has observed and documented the most common trainer errors. Most, he has made himself, so he understands why trainers fall into the trap of taking a shortcut or going against best practices.  Sometimes trainers make mistakes based on long-standing beliefs or "trainer lore."  This seminar is designed to help attendees recognize common trainer errors in hoopes of avoiding these common pitfalls.  Designed for trainers at all levels.

  • Problem Solving

Solving behavioral problems is usually at the heart of most consulting jobs.  The instructor will share his flow chart or matrix for getting to the bottom of behavioral issues, no matter how complex.  This seminar will focus on a step by step look at how to identify a problem, determine the cause, look at motivation, then implement a plan to resolve the issue.  Most useful for experienced trainers, but suitable for trainers at all levels.

  • Concept Training and Overview 

“Stretching Your Dog’s Capabilities” There are many conceptual ideas that require a much more focused approach to training.  This seminar will review the foundation needed for training broad concepts like modifier cues, mimicry, adduction, matching to sample and other conceptual tasks.  The seminar can be a broad look at concept training or a more focused seminar examining a step by step training process for modifier cue work, adduction, or mimicry as a behavior - or any combination of all three.  These topics are designed for experienced trainers and animals.

  • Recipe for Becoming a Top Trainer

As trainers we take classes and read books and learn about many concepts.  But how does a trainer put it all together?  There are many recipes for mixing training concepts into a cohesive program.  Ken has organized and established many training programs and teaches many trainers how to be trainers.  This seminar will focus on Ken's recipe for teaching new trainers and putting all the skills together.  This is only one "recipe" but should help the attendee look at the logic and method behind Ken's successful approach.  Designed for the trainers designing a program for teaching other trainers, but suitable for all levels.