The use of rewards in training is an often misunderstood concept. Instead of thinking of rewarding your dog as bribery, consider the reward a valuable salary being paid to your dog for a job well done. If your dog doesn't respond, he doesn't get paid. If he does, he gets his payment. @palmspringsdogtraining
Did you know that play serves a biological purpose? Play is a fantastic way to integrate socially, inspire confidence, and build cognitive behavioral skills like problem solving and creativity, and that goes for our horses as well as us. With all training, repetition is the name of the game; but it has been theorized that play-based learning takes drastically less repetitions to form new synapses in the brain! I have been using a lot of play with Broadway as of late, not only because I enjoy my time with her, but because it also counter-conditions her to social pressure and human interaction—both of which have been aversive to her in the past. That Broadway feels safe enough to play with me is a compliment to all of the hard work we have put in to get where we are today.
(As an aside: I do not readily recommend play outside of protected contact. I know Broadway and her individual history well enough, as well as trust my own knowledge and awareness, to participate in this activity safely!)
> Höflichkeit ist eine Tugend - oder auch: Raum (ein)halten <
Weiterhin erklärt das Ritual „Höflichkeit“ deinem Pferd nicht nur einen gewissen Abstand zu dir einzuhalten, den Raum, in dem du dich augenblicklich befindest, nicht ungefragt zu betreten sondern auch die ihm mittels positiver Verstärkung erklärten Grenzen nicht zu überschreiten, da es sich nicht für dein Pferd lohnt.
Bei dem Ritual „Höflichkeit“ steht dein Pferd auf seinen vier Hufen und richtet seinen Kopf sowie seinen Hals geradeaus, während du seitlich an der Schulter deines Pferdes stehst. Auch bei diesem Ritual wird wieder die kleinste Annäherung (4 Hufe am Boden, äußere Kopfposition, …) an das oben beschriebene Zielbild (durch Futter) verstärkt.
Durch welche Rituale sorgst du für Sicherheit in der Freiarbeit mit deinem Pferd? Wie erklärst du deinem Pferd einen gewissen Abstand zu dir einzuhalten? Wie reagierst du bei „unhöflichen“ Verhaltensweisen deines Pferdes und noch wichtiger – wie beugst du sie vor?
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*step back = regression?*
In yesterday’s session with Luca I took not only one but three steps back. Would I call it regression? Not at all.
Luca seemed to be very miserable the last two weeks when I asked vor *crunches*. She would do them every single time but often with a raised head, ears pinned back and compressed lips. Obviously a stressed horse.
So I took a step back and clicked earlier. Asked less. But this wasn’t enough.
So I took another step back and used protected contact.
But the most important step back was in my mind.
It is easy to raise your expectations too high if your horse improve fast. So I did what Kathy from @intrinzen told me to do: just relax. 🧘♀️
I let go of my expectations, took a deep breath and relaxed. And suddenly I recognized how tense I was.
Meanwhile, Luca stood happily on her mat and watched me.
I liked the following crunches much better. She wasn’t as tense as before (although she was bothered by the other mare) and very motivated.
It is still a long way to go and I have so much to learn but I made a huge step into the right direction by signing up for #projectproprius.
The first video shows the crunches from 5 days ago and the second video shows a crunch from yesterday after we used the protected contact. The third video shows the mat work I wrote about yesterday (self-healing?).Amazing to see her sway like that.
Now I return to my homework: relaxation.
A little teaser for tomorrow’s post: I drove to Navi today and he is such a little heartbreaker! 😍😩❤️ #intrinzenstudents#bodywork#mateffect#positivereinforcement#clickertraining#fjord#oldhorse
Introducing Jurassic Bork.
By Smart Bitch.
So.... I think my love for Jurassic Park runs a little too deep. Decided to design @jio_the_dog_trainer & I’s 1st graphic tee after it! 🤣 Did I mention that this is only the first? YES! More are on the way and they will ALL be available for purchase!.
And finally, introducing:.
Smart Bitch Modern Dog Training, home of the two trainer baes Jiovany Alcaide & Taylor Barconey. #HappyTraining.
Music: Da Funk
Musician: Not The King.👑
WINACTIE OP KOMST 🎉
Bijna 250 likes op Facebook! Bereikt Effectief Trainen die voor as. maandag, dan komt er een leuke actie om je vriendinnen mee te nemen naar de Clickerconferentie! Omdat ik jullie naast vertellen hoe mooi clickeren is, het ook graag wil laten ervaren. Op deze dag zijn er namelijk toffe lezingen over ergotherapie en Intrinzen, maak je plannen voor de training van je paard en probeer je fitness obstakels uit. Meer info vind je voa de link in mijn bio!
Hoe zorg je ervoor dat de actie gaat beginnen?
1. Ga naar Facebook en zoek op clickertrainingpaard.
2. Like Effectief Trainen.
3. Hou de pagina in de gaten!
When you’re looking at a “bad” behavior, it’s helpful to remember WTF. What’s The Function?
I definitely don’t love the cats being on countertops or cook prep surfaces, but Jiji isn’t doing this to be spiteful or misbehaving on purpose. The pilot light in the oven gives off a slight heat that keeps the cutting board warmer than the ambient room temperature. He’s just a clever and opportunistic boy who has learned that the cutting board is consistently warm, while the heating pads all have an auto shut off after 2 hours. .
If I want to fix this issue, I can train an alternate behavior (like sitting on his station), but if that alternate behavior doesn’t also serve the function of the problem behavior (seeking warmth), then it’s not going to be the most effective solution. So moving forward my options are:
1. Block access to the cutting board or removing it altogether.
2. Set up a heating pad or bed that doesn’t have an auto shut off and reinforce him for laying on that instead.
3. Decide that this behavior doesn’t bother me enough to act on it and just wipe down the surface before using it each time.
Ronan is 15 weeks old today. 😀
Here’s a cute video of some of the things he knows. 📹
Left Paw/Right Paw, High Five (both paws), Down, Sit, Backup, Ring a Bell 🛎.
The second video...
One of the first things we taught all of the puppies when we started clicker training them was “Touch”- a nose target to an open palm.
Now that I am working on new behaviors that use an open hand 🤚(high fives and shake/paw), it was getting confusing for the puppy when I would ask for a Touch. So I’ve changed my hand from an open palm ✋ to a closed hand 🤜 when asking for a nose touch for clarity.
Love working this little guy! He’s so much fun.
Our first puppy class is tonight.🌟
The horses are finally starting to use the wooded half of the pasture! Makes me so happy they are starting to explore and move more, living like wild ponies lol. The pasture is about 80 acres but they really only use the main lower half (20 acres) as it's nice flat grazing land, the upper half is more like what's in this picture. Before Blue, Patches was too scared to cross the creek and Chief wouldn't go too far without him, but now he has Blue to go with him so Patches finally started crossing, he didn't like being left behind lol.
Billy having a funny five minutes. He hasn't done this in AGES. After a summer of coughing fits produced by as little as two steps of trot this is 😁😁😁. Apologies for video skills, have never mastered zooming in and out whilst filming 🤣