Kitsap Animal Rescue & Education (KARE) is proud to be partnering with Legacy Canine again in offering a five-day seminar (lodging and meals included*) called Chicken Camp! The camp will be held at the Seabeck Conference Center and is limited to 20 participants so REGISTER TODAY!

*Lunch is included for all Workshop registrants. If choosing Workshop & Lodging package, all meals are provided from check-in to check-out!


Dates: Monday, October 2 – Friday, October 6, 2017, with check-in Sunday evening, October 1

Time: 8:30 am ~ 5 pm, (Registration/Check-in starting at 8-8:30 am, Monday, October 2; Lodging Check-in 4 pm, Sunday, October 1, Check-out 12:30 pm, Friday, October 6)

CEU’s: Pending

Location: Seabeck Conference Center (13395 Lagoon Dr NW, Seabeck, WA 98380)

Tuition:  (Includes snacks, lunch, and any handouts; breakfast/dinner included for those staying at the conference center). Enrollment is limited to 20 classroom spots, 16 lodging spots. A 50% deposit is required to reserve your spot.

  • Early Bird prices (before April 14) – $725 (a savings of $50!)
  • Regular prices (after April 15, 2017): $775, see Registration page for lodging prices

Cancellation policy. Please read and ask any questions you may have prior to registering. We unfortunately cannot provide exceptions to this policy.

  • Cancellations before July 4, 2017 (90 days prior) – 100% refund minus $50 processing fee
  • Cancellations between July 5 and August 5 – 50% refund
  • Cancellations after August 5, 2017 – No refunds


  1. Please email us to register for Chicken Camp. Space is limited, registration and minimum 50% deposit is required.
  2. If you are paying by credit card and have already completed your registration form, please email us for payment instructions. If you prefer to pay by check, please mail it to Kitsap Animal Rescue & Education or KARE at PO BOX 994, Silverdale, WA 98383. Your spot in the workshop is held with receipt of payment. Please read the cancellation policy stated on our registration page.
  3. This workshop is for humans only. For the comfort of the birds, no dogs can be permitted in the building during Chicken Camp.
  4. We are partnering with Seabeck Conference Center for lodging, however if you are looking for other lodging ideas in Kitsap County or would like more information on the area, visit:


If you have not attended one of Terry Ryan’s Chicken Workshops before, a typical day at camp has students working in pairs, taking turns training their own chickens and coaching their partner. Activities start at 9 AM and end at 5 PM each day, except the last day which ends at 12 pm (Noon). Lunch is provided on site and includes non-meat selections. A ten-minute break will take place approximately every hour. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided. Water, soft drinks, tea and coffee are available all day.

This year’s camp will have the theme Coaching People to Train Their Dogs: Gamify Your Dog Training

Terry Ryan, a world renowned speaker and author, has been teaching “Coaching People to Train Their Dogs” workshops and “Chicken Training Camps” for decades. This workshop is a unique combination of both, blended with materials from her newest book.

These topics will be covered:

  • NEW! Instruction/People Skills
    • Craft your information into messages readily understood by client learning styles
    • The six hats (E. DeBono) method of communication exchange
    • Changing Negatives into Positives
    • Explanation strategies, demonstration techniques, individual coaching methods including TAG (Teaching with Acoustical Guidance)
    • Hands-on practice in teach an exercise in a class situation
  • NEW! The Science of Learning/Hands-on Animal Training
    • Classical and operant conditioning is discussed and practiced via the training of chickens. Students will work with chickens on targeting and shaping behaviors
    • Dog training exercises will be practiced
  • Mechanical Skills – drills for eye-hand coordination, timing and observation skills
  • Ethology-consideratiom of the ethology, physical attributes, and stress issue of the animals
  • Umwelt – how individuals acquire, process and store information differently
  • Selection, identification and effective marking (use of bridge) of training criteria
  • Reinforcement: rate/schedule/value/delivery/quantity, 80% rule, Premack principle
  • Capturing and Shaping behaviors – in general and specifically to target training
  • Criteria Selection and Identification – what do you really want?
  • Goal Setting
  • Task Analysis – breaking it down, instructional formatting, training plans
  • How to Be a Good Coach –including TAG teaching exercises
  • Data Collection, keeping records, making a TAGulator
  • Lateral thinking techniques

For more information on Legacy Canine Chicken Camps, visit

Did you know that there is a lot that you can learn from a chicken?

IMG_2429 IMG_2450 IMG_2443Training a chicken stretches your planning and mechanical training skills for any animal you work with. The average chicken is faster than the average dog, so it’s a great chance to improve your coordination and timing. Since chickens will freeze or fly away if they don’t like the way you are training them, you will know immediately if you are pushing your chicken too hard or too fast.  Terry’s chicken camp will cover the learning concepts of shaping, behavior chaining and object discrimination.

The skills that you learn in this camp can be applied in a wide variety of contexts, including:

  • Professional animal training
  • Training your own pet
  • Veterinary hospitals
  • Schools and other educational situations

If you can train a chicken, you can train anything!

Why should dog trainers train chickens?

Trainers do not have bad (or good!) chicken training habits because they’ve never trained a chicken before, thus avoiding the baggage often taken to dog training workshops. Training a chicken is a stretch and a boost to your mechanical skills. The average chicken is faster than the average dog, giving you a chance to improve your coordination and timing. Chickens will freeze or fly away if they don’t like the way you are training them. Unlike dogs, you will know immediately if you are taking advantage of a chicken or pushing too hard, too fast. Chickens don’t give their trainers a second chances as often as our dogs do. You will not be showing your chickens at the next performance event, nor will you be taking them home, so there is no pressure on what will happen in the future. You probably do not have a library full of chicken training books and DVD’s to influence you, much less televisions shows on chicken training. Instead, you can take advantage of this amazing opportunity to work with Legacy’s resident flock of chickens. Each student will have one or two chickens to handle and train using a clicker and food pellets. Students will work in pairs, taking turns training their own chickens and coaching their partner.


Terry Ryan, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, President, has been a dog training class instructor since 1968. Through Legacy, Terry teaches pet dog classes, writes books, presents national and international seminars and workshops, hosts interns, and does consults. Visit!about/c7em for details



Legacy, an organization promoting humane dog training, was founded in 1975 by Terry and Bill Ryan. For three decades Legacy’s staff has provided programs designed to nurture mutual understanding and good relationships between dogs and their people. Our motto is, “Catch Them in the Act of Doing Something Good.”