WKRN-TV in Nashville recently ran a story by Randy Rauch on how the trainers at the Nashville Zoo use target training to safely take care of some of the cougars’ medical care without anesthesia. Many zoos use this training to decrease the stress on the big cats and reduce medical risks from anesthesia. I’m so proud of the Nashville Zoo and the work they do as well as the many zoos who incorporate operant conditioning. Here’s a video of the story from WKRN.
When it comes to medicating your own domestic cat, consider the benefits of operant conditioning and how it can reduce stress.