"It is too often the case that trainers try to maintain control over an animal, even in protected contact environments. Their loud voice and stern body language is reminiscent of forcing an animal to comply with commands. They might speak in terms like, “Make sure he knows who’s boss,” “He knows better than that,” or “Don’t let him get away with that.” This trainer-control attitude is common in many training programs but often at the detriment of progress. By giving animals control we form partnerships based on positive reinforcement principles where an animal learns its behavior can produce desirable outcomes provided by the trainer. An expert trainer has calm body language as she offers the cue to signal an opportunity for reinforcement, and then waits patiently for the animal’s response through its body language. When the animal does not respond in the desired manner an expert looks for ways she can change her behavior, antecedent conditions, and training strategies rather than blaming the animal and trying to punish poor performance." - ✍🏼Top Ten Behaviors of Expert Trainers by Steve Martin (link in bio) ... it's a MUST READ no matter what animal species you work with. .
And yes... this is an older photo. Still pregnant in this one and Tiger is still dirty in her winter coat 💕 #csTiger #tweQuote