Monthly Archives: February 2016

Tools – Aversive or “Just Objects”?

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It is so interesting how we humans use language.  Sometimes it is to clarify things and sometimes it is used to obfuscate or hide the real meaning. When training animals (or humans) and we use tools, are the tools aversive?  … Continue reading

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Cues or Commands? What’s the Difference?

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Okay, here it is.  Semantics, Part II.  😀 Cues.  Commands.  What’s the difference and who cares? The definition of the word “cue”: 1. Anything said or done, on or off stage, that is followed by a specific line or action; … Continue reading

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Clicker Training and the Horse World

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The horse world is a very interesting place.  It’s full of people who love horses, like horses, have businesses centered on horses, make money on horses, lose money on horses, train them, raise them, ride them, drive them, groom them, … Continue reading

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Hoof Treatment: Rewrapping

Originally posted on Click. Treat. Empower.:
Hello, world! First blog in 2016!!! I hope everybody enjoys these days! Here, I would like to share what Jackson and I do currently. —— At the end of 2015, Jackson stepped on a…

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Let’s Talk Punishment

Why would I, a positive reinforcement trainer, want to talk about punishment?  Lots of reasons.  Mostly I want people to understand what punishment is, what it looks like, and what happens when we use it. In Learning Science, the scientific … Continue reading

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Words. Interesting Words.

Have you ever wondered about words?  Especially those that are spelled exactly the same but are pronounced differently? I am entranced by the word “entrance”.  Depending on how you say it, it means two different things. But are they really … Continue reading

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Ollie and Trailer Loading and Teetering

On the trailer loading skills front, I’ve been working more with Ollie than with Atty lately.  Atty seems to be pretty solid on the loading part.  What I need to work on with him is having the trailer move and … Continue reading

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Why my dogs don’t know “No!”

Originally posted on Four Feet and Food (now with some training too!):
A friend and I were recently walking out my front door while my dog, Kona, was close at our heels.  She turned around and told him “no”.  I…

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A Reminder about Horse Memory.

Originally posted on Relaxed & Forward: AnnaBlakeBlog:
The temps were mild. No one was shedding but the geldings were sunbathing flat and I was able to chip away at some ice-age muck. I even found a fly in the house.…

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“Let’s Like the Halter” Training

Originally posted on Click. Treat. Empower.:
Hello, everyone! This is my first blog post! I hope you enjoy it! —— The training I worked on with Jackson last year was mostly halter training. For some horses, being haltered is aversive.…

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