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Cats have long mystified and mesmerized humanity, inspiring poets and artists alike, while invading Internet memes and finding a place in the hearts and homes amongst all countries. Cats have often been considered aloof and unpredictable, walking their own path and daring to, “look at a king.“ But like all other organisms, felines are also subject to the laws of behavior science and as such, yes, even cats can be, ‘trained,‘ or ‘conditioned,’ in much the same way that they train and condition us to get up out of bed before our alarms blare by kneading our bellies, licking our noses and maybe even nibbling our fingers. This is why the Cat Herding 101 course was created! Conditioning is always happening and cats like every other organism are not immune to it. There is no secret code word to begin exploring the magically fascinating world of cat training, aka, ‘cat herding.’ All it takes is one’s interest, plus a desire and effort to explore and learn…in a phrase, with the curiosity of a cat!
Explore many aspects of behavioral techniques that can be applied to all aspects of cat herding 101 to set both you and your cat up for success. As Dr. Susan Friedman reminds us, “behavior is a study of one,” and keeping this in mind with a species evolutionary-based approach, J. R. & his clowder will guide you on a journey of behavioral discovery regarding cat herding. You will explore all aspects regarding cat herding, from building upon foundational principles and behaviors to creating behavioral momentum and bringing an element of ‘loopiness,’ to your training sessions. You will also explore more intermediate training principles and behaviors such as basic cooperative care and maybe even a pattern game or two thrown into the mix. J.R. & his clowder will cover a tad of everything to get any and everyone inspired and set up for success regarding cat herding 101.
Lesson 1: Foundational principles Lesson 2: Foundational behaviors Lesson 3: Building behavioral momentum Lesson 4: Intermediate feline behaviors Lesson 5: Basic cooperative care concepts Lesson 6: Pattern games and further inspirations in behavioral construction
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Reviews for this course
This course is a WOW!!!! in so many ways! It includes an immense amount of fantastic learning about training that leaves one - and the cat(s) - happy and inspired. The instructor is phenomenal, so knowledgeable and incredibly supportive, responding in detail to every question. And he helps even when the question is one wrt a separate cat topic - for me, it concerned my young kitten's attack-the-moving-feet thing, ha, but yay with his guidance I stopped needing extra thick socks. And, the course being on the superb set-up of Tromplo means it proceeds at whatever pace your life allows - forever access! Because there is SO MUCH information and guided practice sessions included that I think one would need to be able to do it full-time to complete it "on time." Highly highly recommend!!! Fill your and your feline(s) days full of joy and fun! 😻🥀💞
What a fantastic course! I've been training my cats for over a year before joining, and yet I learned so much more than I could have imagined. Before the course, I was stuck not knowing what to train next and how to move forward on certain behaviours that weren't working out. I have learned how to plan, troubleshoot, modify and progress our training sessions for any behaviour, and there are so many amazing things on my to-do list now. J.R. provides concrete action plans for teaching specific behaviours, but also a surprising amount of background information and universal tools and concepts that will continue to inform and improve your training well after the course has ended.
I also want to highlight the time and effort J.R. puts into feedback and video analysis. He is a patient and extremely encouraging teacher who has a wealth of knowledge and experience and very much lives the positive reinforcement approach with his human learners as well as the animal ones. I absolutely recommend learning from him!
This is an amazing course which I highly recommend. There is a lot of information and the videos are great to show exactly what you are aiming for.
The training is fun but also practical. J.R is also very involved and gives great feedback.
Enroll today! You won’t regret it!
Working with a different species can be somewhat daunting but this course has given me the confidence, insight and direction I needed moving forward with training my cat.
J.R. Included so much content in the course, breaking behaviour down into bite sized achievable pieces. Inspiring training videos and amazing feedback in the Facebook group make this course truly awesome.
I look forward to more courses and learning with J.R. Henderson in the future.
Wow, this class went by way too fast! J.R.Henderson has packed so much information and training ideas into this course that it is going to keep me busy for a few more months!!
Even though I haven't worked on some of the lessons yet, I totally enjoyed watching the training videos. I really learned a lot from watching J.R.'s technique and especially the pace and rhythm of the training. The chin target behavior with his cat is amazing!
It was a delight being part of this great group of humans and their cats. In this 6 weeks I did more cat training than I have ever done in all my years of living with cats. It was really fun to try the new behaviors. I'll definitely be continuing to work with all my cats and hope to share more videos of them in the future!