Trailering Skills, Session #132, 1-14-14

It has been awhile since I’ve blogged anything about this and I may have lost count on how many sessions we’ve had since the last trailering skills session we did. But I’m close. 🙂

The last two (maybe three) sessions we’ve been working on just standing in the trailer. I’m trying to make it clear to Atticus that just standing there is the behavior I want – not backing out for any reason, even if he’s spooked by something (although I can understand that). But I really want a solid “stationing” behavior even if I move to the back of the trailer. Especially if I move toward the back of the trailer.

What you’ll see me doing here is clicking and treating for his touching the boat-bumper target at the front of his hay bag. Sometimes I cannot actually see his nose or the target, but I can see the hay bag move.

I used to click and treat for his looking out the side door for me, but then that became a bit of a problem when I wanted to close the door. So now I want to reinforce him for putting his nose on the target.

Sometimes I really try to place the reinforcer at the spot I want him to touch and sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I use a Stud Muffin randomly in the middle of the session for targeting and not just for getting on.

We’ve also practiced a bit of standing/stationing in the paddock outside of the trailer. I intended to video that, too, but apparently forgot to turn the camera on for that bit.

Here are two video clips from this morning. There are two because I put Ollie in the barn between the two clips. I do like how he got right on at the beginning of the first clip. But then he also got right off. We’ll keep practicing. 🙂

And he backed off on cue at the end of the second clip. Another thing I really liked. 🙂

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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