Behavioral Science

These are educational posts about the science of behavior and learning

Two way Communication Tools

Two way Communication Tools
We as clicker trainers have reached a new level of communication with kindness and empathy. With R+ we are able to give our horses a new level of choice and control in their own training than ever before. With R+ if the horse chooses not to comply the worst that happens is they don’t get their reward. But a new and exciting trend in the clicker community is the use of “start buttons”, “initiator signals”, “stop buttons”, “empowerment training”, “choice training”, “yes/no signals” and so on. These are amazing and so exciting to see us humans coming up with more and better ways to empower our animal learners to have more choice and control in their learning. The Clicker Expo had a number of incredible lectures that trended on these themes (Peggy Hogan had an incredible one with a lab, so awesome to see). Continue reading →

Posted by Jessica in Behavioral Science, Clicker Training, Equine Emotions

Do we need to be Dominant?

Do we need to be Dominant?
Dominance=Ownership NOT leadership. Dominance is designed for any group of animals living together of the same species, a family unit, band or pack. It was made so that individuals don’t get hurt in unnecessary fights with each other over resources, they determine once or twice who gets priority access to resources and they stick with that role. Continue reading →

Posted by Jessica in Behavioral Science, Care and Management

Making it a Lifestyle

Making it a Lifestyle
A number of people run into a situation where the horse will only do the desired behavior “in a session”, but as soon as the session is over and you go about daily life it’s like the horse forgot the skill or is being intentionally fresh. Sometimes the horse will even become muggy/pushy in regular handling, but be perfect in a session. Continue reading →

Posted by Jessica in Behavioral Science, Care and Management, Clicker Training