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How Meals Puzzles helped Rita the Unapproachable Mule


    On this weblog I shared how I used to be plateauing in clicker coaching Rita. Rita continues to be unapproachable at this level, nevertheless we made nice progress within the weeks I’ve been coaching her!

    Solely two weeks in the past I began to understand that I used to be beginning to plateau in coaching. I didn’t see progress anymore, one thing that could be a clear signal of heading in the direction of the top of a useless finish road. It’s good to flip round! That’s arduous as a result of it’s important to let go of your method and that may be a psychological threshold for a coach!

    Learn right here how the meals puzzles helped lower stress and enhance studying. One of many milestones was that Rita stepped on the mat! Not as soon as, however a number of instances! I couldn’t bridge it (that might be too hectic for Rita, see this weblog), however the truth that she provide this completely new behaviour a number of instances is a enormous leap ahead!

    The HippoLogic Clicker Coaching technique I train 6 Key Classes, primary behaviours for horses, in an effort to simply prepare advanced behaviours sooner or later. For Rita I believed Mat coaching could be too superior, however she proved me flawed! She stepped onto the mat a number of instances. Solely as a result of I shifted my focus from Outcomes (and utilizing bridges (Clicks) and Appetitives (meals rewards to bolster the specified behaviour) to Relationship (how can I make her really feel extra comfy with me).

    The opposite factor Rita stunned me with was that she picked up the fabric that I hid meals beneath! For a second I feared it was unintentional and made her spook, however fortunately that didn’t occur!

    This tells me a lot, that I can use in her coaching:

    • She’s studying and her thoughts is opening up. She presents new behaviours! Which is nice information for her additional coaching course of
    • She doesn’t spook as a lot by gadgets which might be unexpectedly moved by herself as those which might be moved by people (nonetheless engaged on that)
    • She’s not afraid of things she strikes intentionally (has management over)
    • She’s manner much less careworn with the meals puzzles, so bridging and providing meals is off the desk in close to future coaching classes.

    Trick coaching will be one other method to get an animal engaged in coaching (once more). The truth that Rita liked touching the mats along with her lips and stepping onto them and that she took the fabric in her mouth, offers me lots concepts of preserving her engaged in coaching.

    Management as Appetitive

    Additionally, if she will be able to use tips as a method to talk and provoke interactions with people, that might give her a robust device in fingers! Then she’s extra in management and in a extra optimistic manner than utilizing her flight to maintain management over the state of affairs. Now she simply runs at all times if she doesn’t need to interact (and she or he chooses musts typically to not at this level).

    Giving your animal Management (over their physique’s, the coach, the state of affairs) and selections, you give the animal highly effective instruments. Instruments that assist construct belief the place there’s none and methods to speak. It will lower general stress in a traumatized animal and improve their welfare. That is what I’ve seen time and again working with traumatized animals and the ability of optimistic reinforcement. Let me know if you need me to elaborate on that. I’ve loads of experiences to share about this matter.

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    Pleased Horse coaching!
    Sandra Poppema, B.Sc., founding father of HippoLogic & HippoLogic Clicker Coaching Academy
    HippoLogic Clicker Training Academy transforms horsewomen into clicker trainsters