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Animal Behavior Management Alliance Conference

Animal Behavior Management Alliance Conference

If you’re looking for adventure in the last week of April, you might consider attending the 2009 ABMA Annual Conference. To be held april 26-May 1, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island, this conference will bring together trainers, handlers, and keepers of all kinds of animals.

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The theme of this year’s conference, “Bridging the Gap” is about sharing information and addressing topics to develop a comprehensive behavior management programs. This conference will address four major components of behavior management: 1) relationship building, 2) training, 3) enrichment, and 4) evaluation and documentation. The conference shcedule is packed full of interactive workshops and discussion groups as well as opportunities to experience hands-on training, enrichment and documentation activities.

WHAT IS THE ABMA?
Adapted from their website:

The Animal Behavior Management Alliance, (ABMA) is a not-for-profit corporation with a membership comprised of animal care professionals and other individuals interested in enhancing animal care through training and enrichment. The ABMA is intended to be nurturing and informative, and was created to serve trainers, handlers, and keepers of animals, irrespective of Species, with information and assistance in the behavior management of their charges.
The mission of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA) is to advance animal behavior management in order to enhance the Husbandry and welfare of animals.
It is the vision of this organization to become nationally and internationally recognized as the leading authority on the behavior management of animals in human care. The ABMA, through its board of directors, committees, and individual members- utilizing publications, conferences, and other venues of Communication-seeks to provide the latest behavior management information and technology in order to encourage optimal behavior management paradigms for both captive and wild animals.
Learning is always occurring; therefore, pro-active behavior management is an essential component of responsible animal care.
All behavior is modifiable.
Learning should be conducted in a nurturing and non-threatening environment for both animals and people.
Responsible behavior management creates a continuous flow of innovative options for successful animal care.
Animal behavior management will be advanced by the sharing of knowledge and new ideas.
Safety is at the core of a responsible animal behavior management program.
Animal behavior management is a necessary component of conservation.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Linda Tellington-Jones, speaking about how to relate to the animals in your care like you never have before. Linda, a world renowned author and an internationally acclaimed authority on animal behavior, training and healing, will teach you about the Tellington Method. The Tellington Method utilizes a variety of techniques of touch, movement and body language to affect behavior, performance, and health, and increasing an animal’s willingness and ability to learn in a painless and anxiety-free environment.

Also featured this year will be Training 101 presented by Margaret Whittaker, behavioral consultant, of Active Environments, Inc. Active Environments is an animal behavior consulting firm that works with zoos, biomedical and research facilities, and sanctuaries to enhance the care and welfare of captive animals.

Advanced Training, understanding and application of behavioral consequences, will be presented by Terry Ryan of Legacy Canine Behavior & Training, Inc. Legacy, founded in 1975 by Terry and Bill Ryan, promotes humane dog training. Terry will lead ‘Chicken Camp’ where the chicken becomes the student and the teacher. A chicken as a training partner is a stretch and a boost to your mechanical skills, as timing, coordination and clear communication is paramount.

Robert Young, author of Environmental Enrichment for Captive Animals will discuss the history of animal keeping, legal issues and ethics, and a detailed exploration of whether environmental enrichment actually works, the methods involved, as well as how to design and manage enrichment programs. <a

Questions? Contact: Email Penny Krebs

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