Monthly Archives: July 2013

Building a Happy Spot for Atty, 7-30-13

When at liberty, Atticus has shown some discomfort with certain procedures in the wash stall. These include: grooming, hoof cleaning, hoof trimming, and saddling. This video shows the highlights of two days of working with the saddle in the wash … Continue reading

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Trailering Skills, Session #100, 7-30-13

Today’s session with the trailer was planned to be easier than the last two with actually moving the trailer with Atty in it. I changed very little in the set up: The trailer is in the same place, but the … Continue reading

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Shaping the Wait, Continued, 7-30-13

In this session I’ve discovered that Atty is not really proofed on the cue – he offers the behavior off cue and he’s sometimes quite slow about responding to the cue. I switched to shaping the wait yesterday, rather than … Continue reading

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Trailering Skills, Session #99, 7-29-13

Continuing the desensitization program of the trailer moving.

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Shaping the Wait on the Go Out, 7-29-13

Rather than use extinction to get Atty to wait for the cue to go out, on Peggy Hogan’s advice, I tried shaping the wait for the cue. I think this worked much better for him than extinction because he could … Continue reading

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Bob Bailey and Parvene Farhoody Chicken Workshops, Part Two

I’m still processing and trying to internalize everything that we talked about, learned about, and experienced during the Chicken Workshops. There is so much to learn. Some of the highlights: The workshop was NOT about: * Developing relationships or hierarchies … Continue reading

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Atty on the Trailer, Session #98, 7-26-13

I moved Atty in the trailer the other day and I wanted to test to see if he would load again wearing his halter and lead with the truck engine on, but I forgot to turn the engine on at … Continue reading

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Atticus and Trailer Loading, Session #97, 7-24-13

This was a very short and sweet session. Atty got on, I followed and hooked up the butt bar and closed the door. I went up front and CT’d. He targeted the boat bumper three times and I CT’d each … Continue reading

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Atty Has Graduated on “Go Out” Behavior, 7-24-13

I think Atticus has “graduated” on the “Go Out” behavior. It sure looks like it to me!

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Go Out Atty, 7-23-13

Session 2 on the Go Out exercise. I had two goals: 1) Get the cue clearer by pulling the reflector away when he nosed it, and 2) get him to turn around and come to me for the treats. Although … Continue reading

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