Atty in the Side Door, 2-19-13

In this session, which lasted less than 12 minutes, Atty free-loaded onto the trailer at least 10 times. In between each loading, we walked away from the trailer, although two times I tried backing him instead. After walking around away from the trailer, I moved away from him and let him choose what to do. I did not steer him with the lead line. I targeted him away from the trailer and walking with me, CT’ing all the while. He would choose to self-load from 20 or more feet away.

Then, once on the trailer, I’d walk back to the butt bar. If he backed off, we walked away and started over. If he backed up, but not off, and/or walked forward again, I’d click and treat him. Then I’d go back and do up the butt bar. Walk forward and treat him. Then walk back and undo the butt bar. Sometimes he backed off right away and sometimes I had to cue him to back off.

This clip is of the very last load. When I went back to undo the butt bar, he had backed up one step. While he was not sitting on the butt bar, I wanted him to step forward again. I walked to the front and targeted him to step forward, which he did one step. I then walked back and undid the butt bar.

Also, my trailer is not pink! It’s white but it’s parked right next to my barn which is red. 🙂

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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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