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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 may be a clear signal of heading in the direction of the tip of a lifeless finish road. It’s essential 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 improve studying. One of many milestones was that Rita stepped on the mat! Not as soon as, however a number of occasions! I couldn’t bridge it (that may be too traumatic for Rita, see this weblog), however the truth that she supply this completely new behaviour a number of occasions is a enormous leap ahead!

The HippoLogic Clicker Coaching methodology I educate 6 Key Classes, fundamental behaviours for horses, in an effort to simply prepare complicated behaviours sooner or later. For Rita I believed Mat coaching can be too superior, however she proved me incorrect! She stepped onto the mat a number of occasions. 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 snug with me).

The opposite factor Rita stunned me with was that she picked up the fabric that I hid meals underneath! 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 affords new behaviours! Which is nice information for her additional coaching course of
  • She doesn’t spook as a lot by objects which are unexpectedly moved by herself as those which are moved by people (nonetheless engaged on that)
  • She’s not afraid of things she strikes intentionally (has management over)
  • She’s means much less pressured with the meals puzzles, so bridging and providing meals is off the desk in close to future coaching periods.

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

Management as Appetitive

Additionally, if she will be able to use methods as a technique to talk and provoke interactions with people, that may give her a strong instrument in arms! Then she’s extra in management and in a extra optimistic means than utilizing her flight to maintain management over the scenario. Now she simply runs all the time if she doesn’t wish to have interaction (and she or he chooses musts usually to not at this level).

Giving your animal Management (over their physique’s, the coach, the scenario) and decisions, you give the animal highly effective instruments. Instruments that assist construct belief the place there may be none and methods to speak. This may lower total stress in a traumatized animal and improve their welfare. That is what I’ve seen again and again working with traumatized animals and the ability of optimistic reinforcement. Let me know in order for you me to elaborate on that. I’ve loads of experiences to share about this subject.

I hope this weblog gave you a helpful perception. Please share your eye-opener within the feedback! I like your suggestions!

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

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