Atticus and More Backing onto a Pedestal, 1-28-13

The first part of the session where he backed his hind feet onto the pedestal and then got off. I was trying to do as little cuing as possible and wait to see what he offered.

Two sessions ago, he had backed completely onto the trailer using the pedestal as an middle step. After a day off from training anything, I attempted to ask him to do it again.

Our previous session a few days ago ended when he was highly distracted by noisy, flying geese overhead. He hadn’t been distracted by them at the beginning of that session, but was when it was clear that I wanted him to back all the way onto the trailer. My take on this was that he was not comfortable (mentally, emotionally, physically) with backing all the way onto the trailer.

So in today’s session I made it much easier by going back to the previous level of working only with the pedestal 15+ feet from the trailer and the trailer was closed up.

This is the middle part of today’s session. He had backed onto the pedestal with just the hind feet and then walked away when I waited for him to offer backing onto the pedestal with his front feet. Then he immediately offered backing again and he tried again with complete success.

And this is part three of today’s session where I asked him to face the trailer and back onto the pedestal which is slightly down hill. This seems consistently to be easier for him to do. At the end, as I was turning the camera off, he went to the trailer and seemed to say, “Hey. I thought I got to get on this thing at the end.” So I opened the doors and let him get on. 🙂

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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