Trailering Skills – Ollie 9-22 and 25, 2015

By this time Ollie has had at least seven previous sessions where I’m trying to shape him to get on the trailer while standing at his head at the back of the trailer.  We are pretty  much at a stand still and have made almost no progress beyond getting his front feet on the trailer.

What I thought was interesting about this video is how deliberate he is about placing his foot on the trailer.  As if he’s asking me, “Is this what you want?”

Since he had given me both front feet on the trailer in the previous seven sessions, I was holding out here waiting for him to offer more.  When he didn’t, I moved to inside the trailer to see if that would give him more incentive to move forward.  He did put his left hind toe on, but no more than that.

Three days and two sessions later, did give me more and got all the way on – for a split second!  Then bunny-hopped off!  I think he scared himself.  Poor Ollie.

He did this another time and I decided that it was time to change tactics.  I think that Ollie was afraid to get ON because he was afraid to back OFF.

I really don’t think Ollie knows where his body parts are, especially his hind feet.

To help him find his hind feet and gain confidence in exploring surfaces with his hind feet, we practiced with pedestals.  I shortened this video as much as I could so that you could see how Ollie operates.

With the next blog post, you’ll see where we went with this.

Happy clicking!

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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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