Atticus on the Trailer with Ollie, 4-29-13

This clip is the last 4+ minutes of today’s session, which lasted about 20 minutes total. This is the second time I’ve put Ollie in with Atty and this time I closed the back doors. I waited a good ten minutes before trying the backing out routine. He offered to target the boat bumper a few times on his own without my being there.

I started with practicing the standing behavior when I turned to walk to the back of the trailer. I walked a step or two and came back. I did this several times, gradually increasing the distance I walked. I wanted to click for a specific behavior and that was not only stillness, or not backing up, but his sticking his head out to watch me. Then I walked forward to treat him. I also targeted him a few times in between.

If he backed up, I stopped and waited, then walked forward to repeat but did not click and treat. While we’re practicing this, Ollie is getting increasingly anxious and upset. Buzz in the barn hollering.

I also rattled the butt bar a couple of times. Then Atty seemed to get with the program and I was able to put the butt bar down and go forward and treat. He waited, staying on the trailer, until I came to the back. He was still waiting when I gave the back cue of “pickles” with tiny tail-hair tug. He backed off on cue! 🙂

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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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