Animal Training Techniques

There are various types of techniques for animal training that provide positive reinforcement. Clicker training is a form of positive reinforcement training in which the sound of a clicker can increase desired behaviors. Here are some resources to help you with your program.

Webinar Recording

The Training Techniques for Laboratory Animals: Positive or Permissive? webinar recording explores a balanced view of the "four quadrants" of training, including the pros, cons, and applications of each. The speaker looks at analogies to human behavior and the behavioral outcomes of each type of reinforcer. Target and clicker training and their practical applications for laboratory animal technicians are discussed. The presenter is Melissa Shyan-Norwalt, Ph.D., an Educator Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati who also runs her pet behavior consulting business, Companion Animal Problem Solvers, Inc. Click here for more information about this recording.

Clicker Training Handout

The Clicker Training (Or Not) Homework with Target Training handout is a PDF that you can download and use with staff as a group activity or practice one-on-one. The goal of this training resource is to provide an opportunity to experience shaping and target training applications.

Additional Resources

Here are some additional resources for clicker and/or target training discussed in the webinar. While they are not specific to laboratory animals, they show how clicker training can have a positive outcome with animals.