equine clicker training

using precision and positive reinforcement to teach horses and people

ASAT 2019: Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz: Cues in Context.

Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz is an associate professor at the University of North Texas in the Department of Behavior Analysis and serves as chair of the department. At ASAT, he always shares information about the science behind many of the common procedures and practices done by teachers of all species. At this conference, he gave a short presentation on the topic of context cues. What are context cues? The phrase “context […]

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ASAT 2019: Steve White – LOOK OUT! It’s a runaway chain: The how and why of problem chains.

Steve White has worked in law enforcement and professional dog training for over 40 years. He specializes in teaching behavior modification, tracking, and scent work through the use of positive reinforcement-based operant conditioning. Steve’s presentation was about some of the practical aspects of using chains in the real world. It was a nice follow up to Dr. Reid’s description of work in the laboratory and Dr. Layng’s presentation on the […]

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ASAT 2019: Dr. Joe Layng – Sequences of Behavior: They are not always chains.

Dr. Joe Layng earned a Ph.D. in Behavioral Science (Biopsychology) from The University of Chicago, where he collaborated on research, working with pigeons, investigating the adduction of untrained complex symbolic behavior from simpler behavioral components. He has over 35 years of experience in the experimental and applied learning sciences with a particular focus on the design of instruction. His experiences working with both children and animals give him a unique […]

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ASAT 2019: Dr. Alliston Reid – From Behavior Chains to Behavioral Skills: Animals learn more than previously expected.

Dr. Alliston Reid is a professor of psychology at Wofford College. His specialty is comparative cognition – understanding the basic mechanisms of learning and memory across species by studying the response-selection mechanism. He has been involved in multiple projects, including the work with Chaser, the border collie who learned over 200 words, and the popular rat basketball tournaments. One of his major interests has been looking at how animals learn […]

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Getting Help: Strategies for Working with Traditional Trainers (Part 2)

This is the second part of a two part series. If you haven’t read Part 1, I suggest you do so before continuing. Type and amount of reinforcement It’s a good idea to plan and practice your reinforcement strategy ahead of time. If your horse is used to being clicked and treated during a training session, but you can’t click and treat during a lesson, you need to decide how […]

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Getting Help: Strategies for Working with Traditional Trainers (Part 1)

I meet a lot of people who are clicker training, but also want to ride or compete in specific riding disciplines. These disciplines usually have a traditional training progression and most of the available resources explain how to develop your horse using negative reinforcement based methods. As clicker trainers, we may not choose to use some of the traditional methods, but we may still want to learn about and enjoy […]

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Warm-up Routines and The Power of Habit

This week it has been very cold and windy in Pennsylvania, but I’ve still managed to have some good rides on Rosie. Rosie is my almost 21 year old Dutch Warmblood mare and my primary riding horse. I’ve had her since she was 9 months old and started clicker training her when she was 2. We have a long history of working together and it has not always been easy, […]

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