KONG on the wild side

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Today’s zoo professionals are using their creative and behavioral talents to teach wild and potentially dangerous animals how to participate in their own care and ultimate survival. From daily body weights and exams to voluntary blood sampling, wild animals are learning to engage in cooperative behaviors (often without direct contact) that help ensure long-term health and well-being. These behavior-training advancements help create a safer, healthier, and more productive environment for animals and the people who care for them.

Fortunately, KONG has an array of products that help trainers provide their animals with positive reinforcement. The resulting mental and physical stimulation goes a long way toward teaching and maintaining calm and constructive behaviors.

Reinforcements that are variable in type, location, timing and duration are essential to the reduction and unwanted and unhealthy behaviors, such as chewing, pacing, excessive vocalization and other forms of stereotyping. KONG toys, along with creative trainers, provide these necessary reinforcements.

And if that weren’t enough, training with only positive reinforcement is just plain fun for you and your animal — whatever species it may be.