Monthly Archives: December 2012

Backing onto Bricks

Today’s backing video: I tried again with the slate on the plywood as the slate had frozen to the plywood, but that was still not working to my satisfaction. Then I played with a folded tarp (3×4 feet) and he … Continue reading

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Atticus Backing onto a Slate Mat, 12-29-2012

This video is from yesterday. I’ve added a layer of slate about 1 inch thick on top of the plywood mat. While he’s not bothered by there being a new layer, he does have to kind of start over with … Continue reading

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Backing onto a Mat, 12-27-2012

Keeping in mind the axiom from an old Norwegian tug boat captain: “The weather is never wrong; only the clothes are wrong,” I put on another layer for the wind and went out to train. Mr. Atticus appears to really … Continue reading

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Video Post: Atticus Backing onto a Mat, 12-21-2012

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Backing onto a Mat, continued:

I did practice backing onto a mat with Atticus both yesterday and today. Yesterday was frustrating for some reason. I had to help him more than I wanted to, but he did need some direction or he got frustrated. Still, … Continue reading

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Video Post: Atticus Backing onto a Mat, 12-20-2012

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Free-Shaping Hat

Trailer Loading, 12/19/2012 Okay, today I pulled my free-shaping hat firmly and securely down around my ears and tied it under my chin! I really wanted to stay away from the lead rope! We went out the driveway again as … Continue reading

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Today’s Experiment in Backing onto a Mat

Trailer Loading, 12-18-12 At this point I can no longer remember the actual timeline. I should video more often! But he self-loaded onto the trailer three times! Once was, again, right after he was stressed listening to a stump grinder … Continue reading

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Trailer-Loading Monster! The Good Kind.

Okay, now I’ve created a MONSTER! First I had one that wouldn’t load onto a trailer, now I have one that won’t STOP! 😀 We went out to practice backing onto the mat. Going through the gate, I throw the … Continue reading

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Trailer Loading Surprise!

There does seem to be, fortunately for us humans, a point-counterpoint aspect to life and clicker training.  For every really bad day, we also get to enjoy surprisingly good ones! This morning, armed with a new plan, I took Atticus … Continue reading

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