so a while back I mentioned that I was offered a position as galapagos tortoise trainer and I finally got some pictures! this is my girl Moe and I love her dearly
what we do is a lot of voluntary and natural behaviors with positive reinforcement. no punishment ever. we also never withhold food. all the food reinforcers we use are extra treats that they get for training.
the third picture is a “lift” behavior where we tap their foot, and once they lift and allow us to hold, we reinforce. this is a great behavior for getting a good look at the tortoise’s legs since you can’t lift the whole tortoise to get a better look at their feet.