This past weekend I was in Chicago for business meetings… and happened to arrive a day early. What to do? If you have an interest in animal training, you might immediately think of Shedd Aquarium when you hear “Chicago”… so that is where we went! Thanks to the wonderful Shelley Wood, we were able to meet Madelynn Hettiger for a look “behind the scenes”. Madelynn graciously went live with me on Facebook for a chat, and that video is below for you.
It’s always fabulous to learn from other positive based animal trainers about the parallels with the species they train and what we do in dog training. It’s important for animals to be happy and cooperate in their own care… the animal has a choice and the animal is in control of their training session. Would your dog accept having his eye worked on by a veterinarian without restraint or sedation? Madelynn worked with a Great Horned Owl on this very thing and shares how this was trained with us.
Shedd Aquarium is an amazing facility that has a focus on education and conservation. I highly recommend that if you’re in the Chicago area, you visit Shedd and learn about the work they are doing. There are so many parallels with how we train our dogs, and we are all looking to change the lives of animals for the better.
Today I am grateful to Madelynn for chatting live with me, and for a great weekend in Chicago.
So cool that education techniques are so similar.❤️ Luckily for me, my GR had so much trust built w me that she was perfect for all her daily eye drops & eye debriding for an eye ulcer.💕
The eye drop story was so valuable. We have a puppy that hated eye drop time. Now we can prepare him if we have to do it again!
Susan, as always, GREAT and INSPIRING stuff. Thank you muchly. BTW…what on earth does the rest of your T-shirt say?! The beginning is “Be a Pig”?
wow.. thanks for valuable information.
That was awesome! Thank you for sharing.
1 year old terrier mix rescue, female. scared of people. how 2 socialize?
walking her but freezes when she sees people coming. have to pick her up.
This was very interesting. Thank you for sharing. I have to maintain my Golden’s ears. She is pretty good about it but we don’t have the choice part entirely. I will work on that.
Special thanks to Madelynn and all her interesting information about her work with Logan, the Great Horned Owl. It’s interesting that training techniques are similar, regardless of what type of animal you are working with. Thanks, also, to Susan for another training vlog that not only teaches, but encourages.
Thank you for sharing this. A great example of how good positive reinforcement methods can be so useful in caring for animals.
Love this. Thanks so much
Thanks for sharing. Always enjoyable and educational.