Charlie & Star’s Clicker Training Diary w/e 19th April.

Tuesday

A good session today. Both Charlie and Star were interested and engaged.

May have got a bit of sunburn..

Star continued on from yesterdays session, and happily followed me around the exercise yard. She hasn’t quite got to grips with eating and walking at the same time yet, so we pause for a piece of apple. Charlie, however, has long since mastered that particular difficulty, and doesn’t miss a stride.

Wednesday

Too hot, and I definitely have a sunburnt forehead!

Charlie was far too interested in munching the grass and hedgerow today. He did really well at interrupting himself and showing me his Ready, and Head Up exercises, but that was about it.

Probably just as well, or I’ll look like a lobster if I stay out in the sun much longer!

Thursday

Hmm, a bit of intolerance in the barn this morning. Star is being quite clear that she doesn’t really want Charlie near her. Change of training plan then. Work in barn on exercises whilst they are standing still, rather than have disagreements in the exercise yard. We have started taking out the visual cue (hand signal) for some exercises, so that they can do them just by voice cue. A good day to practice that I think.

Saturday

So far I’ve taught left and right through targeting. I hold my hand out and say touch left or touch right. Now it’s time to change that to looking left and right, as I don’t just want them to target, I want to progress to being able to tell them which direction to go in without any aids. I’ve been making my hand signals for left and right less of a target and more about just pointing them in the correct direction and click and treat (C/T) for when they follow my hand and look that way. At this point I have dropped the word touch, and just said left, or right. This is the start of changing the touch exercise to something else. We’ll see how we get on with this next week.

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2 thoughts on “Charlie & Star’s Clicker Training Diary w/e 19th April.

  1. I so love hearing your authenticity about you and your horses training experiences. Thank you for being honest. This is what people need to hear as training is not all uphill as you know! I really loved the part of describing how you are teaching left and right! Love it!!! I bet they both know this command now. Lots of love and may you continue have many amazing training experiences!

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  2. Love your comment, Johanna. They do indeed know left and right now. The other day, I was standing around wondering what to do next, and once I’d decided I said ‘Right’ out loud, it was an expression of me making a decision and getting started. However, Star heard the word and immediately turned right!!!

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