A NOT SO STUPID PET TRICK: RABBIT AGILITY
Animal Trainer Barbara Heidenreich Claims Stupid Pet Tricks Lead To Bonding With Your Pet
Austin, December 13, 2011- A fuzzy bunny that leaps and runs through an agility course may seem like an anomaly. But if professional animal trainer Barbara Heidenreich gets her wish more and more people will start training their companion animals to do stupid pet tricks. These cute and often amusing behaviors are a step in the right direction towards getting pet owners to embrace positive reinforcement training techniques.
Positive reinforcement training is sometimes referred to as reward training. When the animal presents a desired behavior it is rewarded or reinforced with something of value. For most pets this is often a food treat. The end result is an animal that is eager to present the behavior. This is much different from traditional training styles that are based in coercion and the use of aversives. “Positive reinforcement training is based on trust. Your pet learns you will deliver good things, like treats. He also learns you will not do things that cause fear or aggressive behavior. The end result in an amazing relationship between you and your pet.” says Heidenreich.
Barbara’s goal is to get people to try it at home. Inspiring videos on the internet of her companion animals, such as her Holland lop eared rabbit Loretta, are doing the trick. Loretta runs a seven piece agility course, retrieves, spins in a circle and digs on cue. Loretta was adopted as an adult and learned most of her tricks in just a few weeks. Heidenreich filmed Loretta’s training for her instructional DVD Bunny Training 101.
Barbara says “Getting people to learn how to apply the techniques is the goal, even if it is just to train a fun trick. Once they discover they can influence their companion animal’s behavior, including problem behavior using these methods, they will be more connected to their pets.” It is this connection that leads to a dedicated and caring pet owner.
Rabbits can be litter box trained, enjoy companionship, don’t need walking and are usually most active in the morning and early evening when busy professionals are home and ready to interact. These traits are making rabbits the new favorite companion animal for apartment dwellers. This rise in popularity also means a need for educational materials to help people do well with these creatures. With a handful of treats and a few props pet owners can be well on their way to a rewarding bond with their bunnies. For more information on rabbit training visit www.bunnytraining.com
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