“How many opportunities do you get to mingle with great mentors, accomplished colleagues, and wolves, fox, coyotes, and bison all in the same weekend? In my life, just one: The Advanced Trainer’s Seminar at Wolf Park. I enjoyed all aspects of the seminar from the quality information representing both the ethological and behavioral perspectives to the hand-on training exercises with a wide variety of intriguing species. This is one seminar not to be missed. Huge thanks and admiration to Ken McCort, Pat Goodmann, Karen Davis, Kimber Hendrix, Monty Sloan and the rest of this awesome team for their generous information and instruction.” Susan G.Friedman, PH.D., Behavior Works
EXCITING RARE OPPORTUNITY!
August 11 – 13 and Sept. 8 – 10, 2017
Our Advanced Seminar Program continues for its second year! Participants will have the unique opportunity to train our wolves, foxes and bison inside their enclosures. Training will be under the supervision of Wolf Park staff and Ken McCort. Participants will work as a team to create a training program, implement their plan and problem solve with Ken and Wolf park staff through workshops and advanced lectures.
Seminars run three days Friday – Sunday and include hands on time with the animals, lectures, workshops and discussion. This year, we are offering an optional additional day on Thursday. This day will focus on Wolf Park’s history and work. Early arrivals will see the safety presentation ahead of time, meet the park animals, take a tour led by the park staff, observe the animals, and receive talks about the history of the park. Breakfast and lunch are included all four days.
For Experienced Professional Trainers ONLY
Price $1200.00 for three days or $1500.00 for optional fourth day.
This exclusive seminar is limited to 10-12 participants. Anyone interested in participating must complete an application questionnaire illustrating your training experience with domestics and/or exotics. This application will be reviewed by Ken McCort and the Wolf Park Animal Care Staff for participation approval. Wolf Park will contact applicants to notify them of their status. If approved, a 50% deposit will be required to secure a spot in the seminar.
CCPDT: 24 Trainers, 6 Behavior Consultants
- Experienced trainer who has at least worked with multiple types of dogs, preferably not just their own.
- Familiarity with:
- lure and reward training
- target training
- the use of a marker signal (like a clicker or whistle)
- training with the use of successive approximations
- reward scheduling and variable reward systems
- training without the use of force, intimidation and/or aversive control
- Ability to work outside in close proximity to all participating animals
- Talent to learn and have fun simultaneously
- Learn to develop training strategies for solving behavior problems then implement behavior modification with selected park animals.
- Work in cooperation with other trainers to develop a team approach to implementing the strategies.
- Lecture and group discussions with other experienced trainers
Protected contact approaches will be deployed to ensure both animal and trainer safety throughout the three day seminar.
Please note: Wolf Park’s animal care staff reserves the right to ask any trainer at any time to stop training any of Wolf Park’s animals if they deem it is necessary for the safety and well-being of all concerned.
Ken McCort’s Biography
Ken McCort owns and operates Four Paws training center in Doylestown, Ohio. Along with his wife, Marilyn, a veterinarian, he lives with 6 dogs, 7 cats, 8 large birds, 2 goats, a pony and 4 llamas. In his profession, he works with animals with behavioral concerns. Most clients and animals are acquired by referred from veterinarians or other clients. He has been training animals full time and on a one-on-one basis since 1986. Currently, he works with dogs, cats, birds and llamas. In addition to his business, Ken is a certified master instructor with the Delta Society’s Pet Partner program. Not only does he evaluate and certify animal/handler teams to visit in hospitals, nursing homes and many other areas, but he also helped to develop and now teaches the Licensed Team Evaluator Course given by the Delta Society both nationally and internationally. Currently Ken is working with 15 hospitals that have visiting animal programs including the “Doggie Brigade” at Children¹s Hospital Medical Center of Akron, OH. Ken has taught courses on animal behavior at the University of Akron and Columbus State University. He has presented before the Midwest Veterinary Conference, the Society of Anthrozoologists, the Delta Society, Tufts University Animal Exposition, and many other animal related groups. In addition, Wolf Park in Battleground, Indiana, which is a research facility that studies wolf behavior, utilizes Ken for some of its presentations, and has allowed him to train with their wolves for several years.
Participants must be over 18 years of age in order to enter the enclosure with the wolves.