Prior to any animal training session, it is important to measure the environment and the equipment that will be used. This may include measuring for suitable surfaces and surfaces for reinforcement, as well as determining the size of any cages or pens that may be necessary. It is also important to measure out the space and make sure all equipment is properly placed and secured.
It is important to assess the animal prior to any session, as this will give an indication of the individual's behavior, physical condition and emotional state. This assessment should include observing the animal's normal behavior in order to identify any potential stressors or triggers that may need to be avoided during the training session.
3. Skill Acquisition:
RBT checklists should also include a plan for skill acquisition – what skills or behaviors will be taught during the session? It is important to have an understanding of both the specific steps required for each skill, as well as how long it could take to teach them successfully. This ensures that realistic goals can be set for the training session.
4. Behavior Reduction:
The checklist should also include a plan for behavior reduction, as it is important to identify any existing problem behaviors and how they can be reduced or eliminated during the session. This includes identifying triggers, antecedents and consequences that may be related to the behavior in order to develop an effective management plan.
5. Documentation and Reporting:
Documentation and reporting are essential components of RBT checklists, as these provide evidence for both trainers and support staff regarding the progress made during each training session. It is important to note any changes in behavior or environment that could have affected the success of the session, as well as any positive outcomes achieved from the training.
6. Professional Conduct and Scope of Practice:
Finally, RBT checklists should also include a section on professional conduct and scope of practice. This ensures that the trainer remains aware of their own responsibilities and any regulations or laws that they must adhere to while conducting animal training sessions. It is important to remain up-to-date with any changes in regulations or standards so as not to put either the trainers or animals at risk.