Author Archives: Laurie Higgins

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".

I have a long, long list of things to train Finnian to do.  So many things that I almost don’t know where to start.  I feel overwhelmed.  But certain circumstances have clued me in to the ones that seem to … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts: Horse, Cat, Dog, 8-1-2019

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A collection of random thoughts about training: Diamond With Diamond the pony, most of my issues have to do with chaining extraneous behaviors in with the behavior I want. For example, I want to clean out her feet.  There is … Continue reading

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Pieces to the Puzzle, 4-2-19

This post is an essay on thinking through the basic pieces of what I want later and figuring out not only what those parts are, but how to train them. Atticus tends to walk in a downhill way – head … Continue reading

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Press Release, 10-19-2012

After some 30 years in the trade, we, here at LTR Perfect Analysts & Assoc., are sad to announce that the Proofreading Division has been permanently closed and all staff laid off.  The reason for this is diminishing, if not … Continue reading

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Trailer Loading Fiasco, 12-4-2012

Last Saturday, I intended to load Atticus up and take him to the second day of a clinic.  The clinic is very easy, we hardly get out of walk.  (We do trot, but I rarely canter in this one.  It’s … Continue reading

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Expectations in a New Environment, 3-10-19

Have you thought about why we need to train our animals in different locations all the time?  Why do we need to put “mileage” on a horse?  What does that mean, anyway?  Have you had behavior you thought was solid … Continue reading

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Management or Training? 7-9-2018

I‘ve been working my way through clicker training the horses as best I can but I still realize that I’m not really doing very well.  At least not in how I think about it.  I keep finding that I’m doing … Continue reading

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Atticus and Trailer Loading Skills, 5-1-2018

It’s been a long time since I updated anyone on Atty’s progress with the trailer.  In fact, it’s been a long time since we even worked on it.  But I’ve had a few days to do so since I’ve also … Continue reading

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Diamond and the Trailer, 5-1-2018

As we continue to train for loading onto the trailer and, of course, to train getting OFF the trailer, Diamond and I did a couple more sessions today. I really like how she leads me by a good 20 feet … Continue reading

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Diamond and the Trailer II, 4-30-2018

This morning I had a narrow window of time in which to train, which is probably a good thing for me as I then can’t get stuck, greedy, or drill the horse to death!  It’s like making a good pie … Continue reading

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