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Emma's Wild Workshop: Advanced Course

A rare opportunity to learn from one of the UK’s most experienced exotic animal trainers!

By Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary

When and where

Date and time

Sunday, April 2 · 9am - 4pm EDT


Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary 7101 Palmer Boulevard Sarasota, FL 34240

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About this event

  • 7 hours
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A rare opportunity to learn from one of the

UK’s most experienced exotic animal trainers!

Would you like to build trust and understanding between you and your animals, using fundamental skills that are applicable across species?

This exciting interactive one-day workshop is perfect for animal lovers who may or may not have previous experience and would like an introduction to domestic animal training.

Course Content:

· Building on from foundation principles

· Non-food reinforcers

· Cooperative behaviours

· Behavior chains

· Start buttons

· Crate training

· Problem solving challenging behaviors

· Practical applications for solving problems

· How to influence behavior

· LIMA (least intrusive minimal aversive)

Who will this course suit?

· Animal care givers

· People who want to manage their exotic pets better

· Those who want the best for their animals

· Those with three years practical experience or who have attended a previous course given by Emma

· Those who have experience training two or more species

· Zookeepers

· Dog trainers

· Veterinary nurses and veterinary care staff

In this workshop you will learn key skills in applied animal behavior and communication. This course focuses on emphasizing positive reinforcement with an introduction to learning theory including ABC’s, training planning and lots more! You will be able to observe demonstrations with multiple species using these techniques and gain hands-on practical experience with our animals under Emma’s expert supervision.

With widely documented successful outcomes, this gentle approach to animal training is the preferred approach for professional trainers of a wide range of species.

*Note* A light breakfast and lunch will be provided for all participants. (You are welcome to bring your own lunch)

SPACE IS LIMITED! Register and reserve your spot today! Ages 16 & Up

Feel free to contact Big Cat Habitat with further questions.

Expert Trainer Emma Hills Bio:

Emma Hills brings over 30 years of experience in animal training, veterinary

care and animal welfare. In her early career Emma lead the Equine and Large

Animal Department as Head Nurse at a veterinary practice in UK. After

qualifying as an Assistant Instructor at the British Horse Society (BHS) in

1998, she travelled to Hong Kong to re-school retired race horses and

compete globally in show jumping and eventing. Emma then moved to

Zambia where she focussed on improving zookeeping and educating keepers

on animal welfare and care and then later to South Africa taking part in

conservation studies. For 15 years Emma was the Manager of Small Animals

and Birds and Head of Media Training Projects at Heythrop Zoological

Gardens. Her in-depth knowledge and skills across 60+ different species has

enabled her to earn a Distinction in her Advanced Diploma in Animal

Behaviour. Emma is an expert in operant conditioning and emphasising

positive reinforcement. Having successfully delivered 300+ animal training

projects, Emma also presents at international animal training conferences.

Currently Emma is a Training Behaviour Adviser for Guide Dogs UK and

consults around the world on exotic animal behaviour and training and

presents animal training workshops.



From the north:

I-75 to Fruitville exit 210. East (left) to right at first light on Coburn. Go to the end. Left on Palmer Blvd. Short distance to green sign on left.

From the south:

I-75 to Bee Ridge exit 207. Left ramp to first right on Cattlemen. 2 miles to right on Palmer Blvd. One mile on left to green sign at the entrance.

About the organizer

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is a 501c3 non-profit organization.Our mission is to provide a safe, loving and permanent home for big cats and other exotic creatures in need, along with educating our guests on the importance of species preservation to ensure the survival of these magnificent animals for future generations. We are firmly committed to keeping alive the Human-Animal connection in our world and in our community.

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