Miranda K. Workman
Miranda has over 14 years experience working with non-human animals in various settings. After moving to Buffalo, NY in 2000, she started pursuing her dream as a volunteer in the SPCA Serving Erie County's Behavior and Training Department. She was the certified Behavior Specialist in that same department through January 2015. Currently she is working as a shelter consultant for the Hornell Area Humane Society helping lead them through changes aimed at improving animal welfare and community engagement. She also provides in-home behavior consultations for pet owners and rescue organizations. She is an Adjunct Professor at Canisius College where she teaches Animal Learning to undergraduates majoring in Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation. Recently she completed her Master's of Science degree in Anthrozoology. During her time as a MS candidate, she has contributed to research focusing on animal behavior and anthrozoology.
She and her husband Rick share their home with two dogs (Athena & Sherlock), six cats (Adara, Aleph, Samantha, Ares, Ro-Ro & Gandalf) and one leopard gecko (Ragnar).
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Miranda uses a keen sense of observation that allows her to really understand the non-human animals with whom she works. She is a firm believer that using positive reinforcement based methods is the best way to pursue training and behavior modification. Learning should never cause fear or pain. It simply isn't necessary. Not only is positive reinforcement the kindest way to communicate with non-human animals, it is also firmly rooted in behavioral science. She works with non-human animals to provide choices that will encourage good behavior while providing a safe environment in which the non-human animal is able to make the best decisions possible.
Her results speak for themselves. She has rehabilitated many animals as a foster parent (over 1000 foster animals to date!) and provided behavior modification plans and support to many families throughout Western New York. See her blog, Journeys into Non-Human Worlds, for more information about the non-human animals who have been fortunate enough to benefit from Miranda's experience. You may also find out what she has learned from them too. They have a lot to teach us if we just stop long enough to learn how to listen, watch and learn.
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