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Efficient cooperative restraint training with rhesus macaques

Journal of applied animal welfare science : JAAWS | 3 Apr 2013

E Bliss-Moreau, JH Theil and G Moadab
Abstract
It is sometimes necessary for nonhuman primates to be restrained during biomedical and psychosocial research. Such restraint is often accomplished using a “primate chair.” This article details a method for training adult rhesus macaques to cooperate with a chair restraint procedure using positive and negative reinforcement. Successful training was accomplished rapidly in approximately 14 training days. The success of this training technique suggests that this method represents a refinement to traditional techniques. Further, this method worked effectively for animals previously deemed unfit for traditional pole-and-collar training.
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Cercopithecinae, Barbary Macaque, Systema Naturae, Mammal, Old World monkey, Macaque, Rhesus Macaque, Primate
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