KARE presents Terry Ryan’s Adventures in Chicken Training 2020

You’ve heard of it, wanted to attend, so let’s do it! Come join us for one of Terry Ryan’s amazing educational (and extremely fun) Chicken Camps before Seattle’s Clicker Expo!

Kitsap Animal Rescue & Education (KARE) is proud to be partnering with Terry Ryan for a workshop (lodging and meals included*) called Chicken Camp.  Camp will be held at the Seabeck Conference Center. Space is limited, 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!

Date: Sunday, January 5 – Thursday, January 9, 2020

We’ll start with an introduction to chicken training, targeting and discrimination between targets. The remainder of the camp will focus on chaining. Students will train several behaviors and assemble them into a chain using a combination of targeting, obstacle and moving behaviors. In addition to our planned advanced curriculum, there will be time for you to express your own training creativity. Times will be allocated to independently work with your chicken. Guidance as to lesson planning, execution and problem solving your selected behaviors will be provided as requested. 25 CEU credits are available.

Time: Sunday – Wednesday, 9 am – 4 pm; Thursday 9 am – 2 pm
Workshop Check-in 8:30 – 9 am, Sunday, January 5
Lodging Check-in 4 pm Saturday, January 4

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

Tuition: Includes snacks, lunch, and any workshop materials; breakfast, lunch, and dinner included for those staying at the conference center. Prices listed below are per person. A 50% deposit is required to reserve your spot.

Early Bird Pricing (before November 15, 2019)

  • Workshop only: $745.00
  • Workshop & Single Occupancy lodging/meals: $1335.00
  • Workshop & Double Occupancy lodging/meals: $1210.00 (pp)

Regular Pricing (after November 15, 2019)

  • Workshop only: $825.00
  • Workshop & Single Occupancy lodging/meals: $1415.00
  • Workshop & Double Occupancy lodging/meals: $1290.00 (pp)

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

  • Cancellations before November 15th – 100% refund minus $50 processing fee
  • Cancellations between November 15th and December 15th – 50% refund
  • Cancellations after December 15, 2019 – 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 above.
  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: http://www.visitkitsap.com/


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. Activity times will vary by workshop, but typically start at 9 AM and end at 4 PM each day. 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.

For more information on Legacy Canine Chicken Camps, visit http://www.legacycanine.com/

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

Training 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 KARE’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.


Dante has been training dogs for over 20 years and his biggest passions are dog sports, specially agility and freestyle. He owns Dante Dog Works which provides online courses in Functional Training, Dog Language, and Essential Reactivity. Dante enjoys traveling the world teaching, competing and of course learning a lot.

Dante had this to share about the upcoming Adventures in Chicken Training: “Chickens have helped me move a step up in my training, bringing me better understanding and as a consequence much better results. I am thrilled to join you on Chicken Camp and looking forward to help you teach your chickens to weave like agility champs.”


Terry Ryan, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP Faculty, 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 Legacy Canine 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.”