Fetch, agility or even basic obedience, we try to do it all! Our method of training is all about positive reinforcement. What does that look like?
A lot of exuberant words like "Yes!" "Good Job!" and "Way to go!" and of course treats!
We don't want to force our animals into situations that make them uncomfortable and work on things like desensitization or counter conditioning. Our goal is not to be the alpha, but to make learning enjoyable and positive. We work alongside our animals and start where they are comfortable! We're not perfect, but we know we are making strides when we seem them learn something new!
So I have this young stallion Gandálfur - who came from Iceland a few months ago. He doesn’t need to do any real work yet given his age - and in my small country I need to be able to do somethings with him - we don’t drive the horses to the next field we lead them, there are no rocks to get his feet shorter so we need to make sure his hooves can be done and well he will need vaccinations and wormers ... so basically it is helpful if he is a horse that can be handled. He has learned a lot at a trainer where they have more experience and a more suitable space to approach young horses and now I need to make sure we can do this where I am. No stable to drive him into so I will need to be able to halter him in the field. I looked into +R approaches and saw how people train their horses to first put their head in a ring, then a halter. We started yesterday with the ring - and clicker training at the same time - and he got it - we did a few little sessions and by the end of@today he happily put his head in a halter and even allowed me to move the top over his ear (not the halter he has on here) I was also allowed to touch him on his head including back of his chin which he found terrible until recently. And meanwhile he learned to wait as my gelding demonstrated how it was done, and to have a curious yearling in the way looking for any treats I might have dropped . And all this he did amazingly well. I realised yesterday that I risked creating a monster- hormones, frustration and treats in a young horse. Not ideal ... however he was gentle, curious and gallant and I couldn’t have been more pleased with him and proud of him. love this horse . Here you see me (at my most charming) holding the ring for him while Skjálgur is hoping for his turn. #sociallearning#horsesoficeland#learningtogether#trust#joy#postivereinforcement
Meet Addie and Anna! Both dogs are rescued from the streets of Taiwan. Their mom called me because Addie (black) was having a really hard time with leashes and being outside. Seeing leashes sent her into full blown panic attacks, and she’s chewed through at least 6 of them already, causing her to be quite the flight risk! She also gets quite worked up when the kids have friends over and when she’s separated from Anna. Luckily, Addie’s mom is determined to help Addie find better ways to cope with her stress. .
In a very full house of teenagers, 2 dogs, and 3 cats, Addie’s mom has made EXCELLENT progress! We were successfully able to clip on Addie and Anna’s leashes in the house, and practice a little bit of loose leash walking. I used to think that being a twin mom with 1-2 dogs made me a pretty qualified “chaos coordinator,” but I bow down to Addie’s mom! @giannine .
Stay tuned for more progress!
With all this California rain, our regular walking trails got muddy and rained out. My sister and I decided to try out the new Great Park in Irvine, even though it’s still under construction (which is a bit scary for Moxie). We ended up finding a great little park, which was totally empty! The mom in me said, “how nice...this looks safe and fun...” and the dog trainer in me said, “AHHH SO MANY THINGS TO TRY WITH THE DOGS!!” .
Fun new obstacles, and some sort of “scary” new challenges to work on with Pepper and Moxie. Glad we didn’t reschedule our walk because of rain #confidencebuilding
It's more important to be proud of how you got there not the point itself ••••••••
Tonto hasn't laid down for me in a while but today was nice and beautiful so he said why not I did indeed potluck him for doing so :) since lay down is such a uncommon thing for him to offer me :) which he did before this video when we first began our session at a different spot :) he gives me so much I cannot be more blessed to have such a horse! #libertyhorsemanship#ironfree#postivereinforcement#blmmustang
Always workin, Always pushing!
I will never tell myself I cant do something.. occasionally taking it as a challenge when others tell me I cant do something... it get me in trouble sometimes but I live my life with a “No problem mentality.” Life is too short to get hung up on little things! #funcoachanne