GoPro: Nabisco Bobcat Operant Conditioning

02:11 · 2019

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Keeper Brittany shows you another example of simple operant conditioning, this time with Nabisco bobcat.

Nabisco is very young and has come a long way. He used to climb the side of the enclosure, bite the stick, swat and claw at every treat and would never look up at me or the treat. Even though he is still a little naughty he has improved so much over the last year.

Big Cat Rescue’s Animal Training Program is based on operant conditioning. Operant conditioning is a type of learning in which behaviors are altered by the consequences that follow them. The behaviors are not forced, but “caught”, reinforced and therefore trained. We train only natural behaviors, no entertainment types of behaviors.
Operant Conditioning can:

Reduce the stress loads imposed by captivity
Enhance keeper safety
Facilitate routine care
Improve animal welfare
Enrich the animal and volunteer experience

Big Cat Rescue’s Operant Training Program is intended for:

Eliciting calm behavior from each of our animals while they are in the presence of their keepers and veterinary staff
Training behaviors that are dependable regardless of the trainer present
Providing mental stimulation for our animals
Enabling safe emergency and non-emergency transportation of the animals
Providing public education


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