A new illustration inspired by this quote:
"If you can teach a whale to pee in a cup, you can train your dog without punishment" - Ted Turner (Behaviorist & Head Trainer at Sea World)
It still blows my mind that wild exotic animals, and even goldfish, can be trained to do amazing and unnatural things. These animals do it willingly, not through any sort of coercion or intimidation by humans; not because they are avoiding pain.
With this illustration, I hope to inspire pet owners to use gentle, humane, force-free animal training methods that are being implemented successfully around the world in zoos, aquariums, on important life-saving missions as well as in the entertainment industry. We don’t need to follow old fashioned training philosophies that say we have to “break” or “dominate” an animal to get it to do what we want or to make it submit. e.g., using correction collars on dogs, beating horses, throwing birds, hissing at iguanas, etc.
Whale peeing in a cup - SEA WORLD
Walrus doing sit-ups - SEA WORLD
Lion acting in the movies - BOWMANVILLE ZOO
Rhino getting teeth brushed - COLUMBUS ZOO
Hyena having blood drawn - DENVER ZOO
Fish playing soccer - FISH SCHOOL
Aldabra tortoise training - OAKLAND ZOO
Hero Rats detecting tuberculosis - APOPO
Chicken playing tic-tac-toe - ANIMAL BEHAVIOR ENTERPRISES/IQ ZOO
Raven working in espionage - ANIMAL BEHAVIOR ENTERPRISES/IQ ZOO
Giraffe being weighed - NIABI ZOO
Sea Otters - SHEDD AQUARIUM
A great article on Operant Conditioning (published in THE BARK magazine):
A blog post by Mary Hunter on clicker training Gorillas (and zoo animals): http://stalecheerios.com/blog/animal-training/clicker-training-gorillas-trade/
A great video! The Importance of Choice in Animal Training
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