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Animal Magnetism and Rubber Bands, 11-28-16

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Animal Magnetism Atticus and I have managed to get through the “worst” of the rehab of his laminitic episode back in April.  He has lost 200 lbs. and our training time is not focused so much on just exercise.  We … Continue reading

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Lumping and the Environment, Part 4

Recently, I have been traveling and co-teaching with my friend and co-conspirator, Peggy Hogan.  She had flown to the east coast from her home in California to do two clinics – one in Greensboro, North Carolina, and one in Pennsylvania … 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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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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Trailering Skills In General

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At this point, I don’t really know anymore how many trailering skills sessions I’ve had with Atticus.  And I’ve added Ollie to the program because he has his own challenges. Atty and I have continued to work on these skills … Continue reading

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Training for Medications, 8-2-15

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I haven’t written a blog in awhile and maybe I should do a new one. The latest thing we’ve done is train for taking oral medications.  This isn’t really that much different from training for taking oral dewormers.  Since I’ve … Continue reading

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It’s All About Balance, 4-21-15

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Balance.  Balance in life.  Balance the workload.  Work-life balance.  Balance here.  Balance there.  Balance, balance, balance.  It’s about the balance. In clicker training our animals, balance is key.  We need to balance rate of reinforcement (RoR) with criteria.  Raise the … Continue reading

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Dialogue Training, #thevolunteeringhorse

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I have been accused of being OCD.  I didn’t like that, but maybe it fits.  Just a bit.  I do know I tend to go with logic.  A lot.  I was raised by an engineer; what can I say?  (That’s … Continue reading

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The Matching Law. It’s Not Exactly Like Matching Socks.

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There are a couple of things I’ve recently been trying to train Sophie to do.  One is scratching sand paper to trim her nails (here) and another one that’s newer is getting her to stand with each front foot on … Continue reading

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