Atticus Backing onto a Pedestal, 1-11-13

Atticus backing onto a pedestal, different pedestal, different location. REALLY good treats – carrot, apple, and sweet potato slices.

Also yesterday, he loaded onto the trailer and we moved the trailer a foot or so at a time and backed up again. The most forward we went was ten feet. The backing was the worst as the brakes make a lot of noise and I don’t think I’ve ever backed the trailer with Atticus on board before. My daughter was there to feed him constantly through the side door (counter conditioning at that point). When he got off, he walked as far away from the trailer as possible. I wasn’t sure that he would load again today. But he did. 🙂

One thing I worked on here is that Atticus was bumping me with his nose in a “ghost” or “superstitious” behavior. To try to eliminate that behavior being lumped in with staying on the pedestal, I used the target to give him something specific to do while staying on the pedestal while at the same time not allowing him to bump me with his nose.

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About Laurie Higgins

I play with clicker training - with my horses, dogs, and cats. I also attempt to grow vegetables with the hope of one day being able to feed my family from my garden. My daughter and I are learning ballroom dancing. Well, we were. But she left me for a paying horse job, so now my husband and I are learning ballroom dancing. I'm also now helping Peggy Hogan, of Clicker Training Horses (and The Best Whisper is a Click) to teach people how to train their own horses using "clicker training".
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