You have heard the phrase "Monkey See, Monkey Do," but did you know that is the foundation on which all of our training is built?
Imitation is the basis on which all other tasks are learned at The Monkey College. In the first stage of training, the Cubicle, our trainer uses objects that our monkeys have seen before and are naturally interested in, such as toy rings and a poll. While saying "Do This", the trainer demonstrates what she wants the monkey to do, such as put the ring on the pole. Using a bell, verbal praise, and and small licks of peanut butter as a reward, the trainer will reward her monkey for small steps, such a simply touching the ring or picking it up.
Eventually, the bell, verbal praise and a treat are given only when the monkey places the ring on the pole, as her trainer has demonstrated. We continue to use the technique of imitation is through every stage of training.
Take a minute to watch Basic Training to see how the words"Do This" shape our service monkeys.