‘positive reinforcement’

Conservation Fitness Program, Day 11- Making Working Out Fun

Conservation Fitness Program, Day 11- Making Working Out Fun

With the Conservation Fitness Program, I do tend to focus on the Eating Green side. But fitness isn’t one sided. Nutrition, exercise, and wellness habits work in harmony to help us achieve our fitness goals. Since exercise is an important component to fitness, I figured I could spend a little…

The Psychology of Burpees

The Psychology of Burpees

I’ve been racking my brain trying to find the words to describe how operant conditioning works in fitness. I’ve even had dreams about it.

30 Days of ZooFit: Day 27- Least Reinforcing Scenario

30 Days of ZooFit: Day 27- Least Reinforcing Scenario

Today I presented a class on Creativity for my writing group. While listening to the section on dealing with “trolls”, I was reminded of a powerful lesson I learned as a zookeeper in dealing with setbacks. To be truly successful and to maintain a positive mindset, you must deal with…

30 Days of ZooFit: Day 20- Watoto’s Rumble

30 Days of ZooFit: Day 20- Watoto’s Rumble

I’ve often wondered how it would feel for someone to love me so much, they peed whenever they saw me. This was how Bamboo, a fifty-year old Asian elephant, greeted her best friend, retired zookeeper Chuck, whenever he visited. She would squeal with excitement, and when she couldn’t contain herself…

30 Days of ZooFit: Day 8- The Exceptions to the Rules

30 Days of ZooFit: Day 8- The Exceptions to the Rules

The animal training book Don’t Shoot the Dog is a must read for anyone wanting to change behavior. It doesn’t matter if the behavior you are wanting to change is your own, your pets, your kids’, or your spouse’s behavior.

Burpee Bonus

Burpee Bonus

I hadn’t been this proud since my days as an animal care specialist working with young dolphins and whales. It was a proud mama moment, even though I’ve never had children. The moment your pupils, animals or humans, finally get it. The moment the light bulb goes off and they…

Dealing With the Negative Nancy

Dealing With the Negative Nancy

This month for North Sound Writers book club, we are reading Don’t Shoot the Dog, by Karen Pryor. Karen is the mother goddess-dragon of all animal trainers, and she is attributed to developing positive reinforcement training which zoos and aquariums adhere to in working with their animals. The book she wrote…

Reinforcement Versus Reward

Reinforcement Versus Reward

It’s strange how inspiration works. For my book club selection next month, I chose an oldie but a goodie, Karen Pryor’s Don’t Shoot the Dog. I chose it for a variety of reasons. It is what animal trainers sometimes call “the Animal Training Bible”. This is a book I grew…