Atty and Trailer Loading, 6-13-13, Session #83

Before this clip of the training session, Atty and I were working on trailer loading again after a long ride away and back in a heavy rainstorm three days ago. He was not particularly keen on getting back on the trailer. The truck engine was running, it was not breakfast time, and the trailer was back up by the barn. He did get on several times (seven) but didn’t stay on very long any of those times. The longest was 50 seconds.

So to give him a break, I brought out the new pedestal and put it up next to the trailer and asked him to back to the pedestal. He never actually got on the pedestal, but gave up and got on the trailer instead! 🙂 Please note the high rate of reinforcement for what seems like nothing. In fact, I was reinforcing him for being there at all and for the tiniest of indications that he was thinking about backing.

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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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