Tag Archives: mat work

Diamond’s Journey – 6-6-17

Working on stationing definitely has its benefits and I’m glad I did enough of that so that Diamond has an idea that standing still pays off even if she’s not standing on a pedestal. Today we practiced with spraying water … Continue reading

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Diamond’s Journey, 6-2-17

Diamond and I have been working on standing on a pedestal or a mat the last couple of days.  I started with the pedestal in the wash stall and then moved it to the middle of paddock. In working with … Continue reading

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Ollie, Splitting the Environment, Body Awareness, and Impulsion, 5-10-16

Many of my blog posts have been updates on the boys’ training.  This is one of those.  But it is also related to the “Lumping and the Environment” series because Ollie and trailering skills is what got us to look … Continue reading

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Lumping and the Environment, Part 3

In my last two blogs, I talked about lumping and the environment – how I woke up to the phrase and how it made me look at what I was already doing with a fresh perspective. In this blog, I … Continue reading

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Splitting and Lumping and Reinforcers and the Environment

I’ve been working with Ollie on his trailering skills a lot lately.  His challenges, as I may have mentioned before, are quite different from Atty’s.  Ollie’s have more to do with generalized fear and anxiety.  He’s afraid of air, really.  … Continue reading

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Feeding For Position, Redux Times Two, 4-23-15

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I’m still working with Sophie to be able to stand on four pods, one pod for each foot.  I thought I had the two front feet pretty good and started trying to work with the back feet.  It was very … Continue reading

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Location, Location, Location – 1/3/2015 – #thevolunteeringhorse

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In real estate, the oft-quoted axiom is, “The three most important things about real estate are location, location, location.”  The same is true for clicker training.  Almost.  They may not be the three MOST important things about clicker training, but … Continue reading

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Springtime Fun, 3-22-14, Trailering Skills Session #137

In some of our springtime fun yesterday, Atticus and I practiced trailering skills, pedestal, tree target, the barrel, saddling, and playing with his “play clothes” on. In the trailering skills department, we did the same as the day before except … Continue reading

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More Spring Fun, 3-20-14, Trailering Skills Session #135

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Today I wanted to work on the trailer again but I also wanted to have several toys in the paddock to either start with, or come back to, or both. I took out my pedestal and put it down in … Continue reading

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Just Feeding the Chicken, 11-7-13

11-7-13, Trailering Skills Session #113 Bob Bailey: “If your criteria are too low, you’re just feeding the chicken.” Yesterday it was raining, not terribly hard, but a steady, light rain. Atty does not like rain coming down on the trailer … Continue reading

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