I attended Clicker Expo at Cincinnati on March, 2016.
It was a worthwhile, meaningful, educational, inspirational, happy, fun and unforgettable conference!
At this conference, we had a horse track!
The lectures were not only about dogs, we had great lectures on horse training!!!
Thank you so much, Peggy.
I took my hands off of the lead rope and decided to work at liberty.
How was I going to get the behavior without using the familiar tool of pressure?
Before we go on to discuss more on this quote,
I have some questions to you 🙂
1. When you train, what kinds of tool do you use?
(List all tools you use for any training)
2. Why do you use them?
3. How do you use them?
4. When you use, what kinds of effect do those tools have on your behaviors as well as your animal’s behaviors?
5. What do you think she meant by these sentences?
6. Do you think that this quote is a transitional question?
If you say yes, how can this be a transitional question? From what to what?
If you say no, why do you disagree?
7. Do you think this is a great question to ask before you use any tools to your animals/learners?
If you say yes, why do you think this is a great question?
If you say no, why do you think this is not a question to ask?
8. Do you think there are alternative ways to train without using a lead rope?
9. Have you ever thought that there are alternative ways to train which is different from your current training methods/tools?
Great job!!! Thank you for reading and answering the questions!!!
Have a cookie or something you like for answering those!
I think, being aware of what tools we use, why we use them, how we use them, the effect the tools have on animal’s behavior, all of these are extremely critical to think when train/teach animals or people.
A little background information of Peggy Hogan:
In the past, before she used clicker training or positive reinforcement training with her horses, she had used negative reinforcement training, well known as Natural Horsemanship.
Simply put, it is a pressure and release technique. A trainer puts a pressure on a horse to get a behavior that the trainer asks for. If the horse does desired behavior, the trainer immediately releases the pressure, which will reinforce or strengthen the exact behavior. The removal of the pressure is called a negative reinforcer, which reinforces the behavior that removes the pressure, thus, the behavior is more likely to occur in the future in a similar situation. In a scientific term, this is called negative reinforcement.
At that time, Peggy used a halter, a lead rope, a whip to get the behaviors that she wanted from her horses.
When she started to use positive reinforcement in her training with her horses, she let go of almost all of her former tools.
I think this quote is a great transitional question that implies the shift from negative reinforcement training to positive reinforcement training.
She started to use a technique/approach called shaping.
Instead of letting go all the former tools she used, she introduced new tools into her training, a clicker and treats.
(Clicker is a devise that produces a “click” sound, which marks an exact movement. It functions as conditioned reinforcer since this click sound is paired with food. Treats immediately follow the clicker so that it function as primary reinforcer.)
She allowed her horses to offer a behavior which earn them something good. From there on, Peggy has been using shaping in her training.Peggy said: “It definitely challenges our skills both for getting behavior and putting it on cue!!”
An approach that Peggy had embraced since she let go of her former approach.
Take a look at the tools you are bringing/putting to your animal.
Are there alternative tools/ways to train the behavior you are trying to train?
I think these are great questions to think about before you introduce/put the tools to your horse 🙂
I want to keep finding out better ways/technique/tools to train and communicate with Jackson to enrich his life and improve my training skills.
What about you?