Action: Carnivores: Use food as a reward in animal training
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- No evidence was captured for the effects of using food as a reward in animal training on captive carnivores.
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Positive human-animal relationships are discussed as a form of enrichment for captive animals. Using food as positive reinforcer for animal training is commonly used to help with veterinary and husbandry procedures. This form of training aims to reduce the potential stress experienced by an animal when in close proximity to humans (Claxton, 2011).
Claxton, A.M. 2011. The potential of the human-animal relationships as an environmental enrichment for the welfare of zoo-housed animals. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 133,1-10.