equine clicker training

using precision and positive reinforcement to teach horses and people


Happy First Anniversary to the Book!

On July 29, 2018, I clicked on the “publish” button for my book, Teaching Horses with Positive Reinforcement. Then I went and hid under the bed. Well, not really – although I might have been tempted to do the adult equivalent. While I was relieved to be done, I was not sure how the book would be received. That was a year ago. Since then, the book has been selling […]

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Animal Behavior: A book by Keller Breland and Marian Breland

I’ve just finished reading the book, Animal Behavior, by Keller and Marian Breland. The book was originally published in 1966 and was written as a “supplemental text to promote closer understanding and cooperation between those in the fields of psychology and biology, especially college and high school teachers.” The book was well received in some circles and an updated version was planned, but when the revisions were lost in a […]

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ASAT 2019: Ken Ramirez – Common Trainer Errors: How to avoid them and why we make them.

Ken Ramirez has been a professional animal trainer for almost 40 years. I am constantly amazed at the scope of his work. He has trained more species for more different applications and in more environments than anyone else I have met. He currently works as the Executive Vice President and Chief Training Officer for Karen Pryor Clicker Training and does consulting work for other organizations. At this conference, he talked […]

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ASAT 2019: Barbara Heidenreich – Training to Improve Welfare of Orangutans in Borneo

Barbara Heidenreich is an animal training and behavior consultant specializing in avian, exotic and zoo animal training.  She travels and teaches all over the world and has been involved in many fascinating training projects. In past conferences, she has talked about her work as a consultant within the zoo and exotic animal community. At this conference she shared the work she has done with orangutans in Borneo. Orangutans have become […]

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ASAT 2019: Alexandra Kurland – Listen.

Alexandra Kurland has been clicker training horses since the early 1990s when she started exploring it with her own horses. Since then, she has written and produced a number of books, videos, and online resources about how to use clicker training with horses. Her focus is on using clicker training to improve relationships and to create a positive training environment where both horse and human students can excel. In this […]

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ASAT 2019: Hannah Branigan – Close the Loop: Training reinforcement as behavior

Hannah Branigan is a professional dog trainer, teacher, author, and self-proclaimed training nerd. In her presentation, she took a closer look at the reinforcement process and how we can and should include teaching reinforcement procedures as part of our training. The first step is to think about the reinforcement process as a behavior. You have to teach the dog where and how reinforcement will be given. It’s important to do […]

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ASAT 2019: Emily Larlham – Sculpting the Cue.

Emily Larlham is a professional dog trainer who is known for her creative and fun training methods. She loves to train complex behaviors and tricks using a variety of training strategies that are based on positive reinforcement. She shares her approach in seminars and through her videos on her website (www.dogmantics.com) and Youtube channel Kikopup. What is “Sculpting the Cue?” Emily started her presentation with a picture of Michelangelo’s David. […]

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