The use of food is a great way to motivate and reinforce behaviors, however there are a few reasons why learned behaviors may devolve when food is not immediately available or visible. In this post we review such concepts as; It’s Not a Treat, Motivation, Timing, the Compromise Conflict, Food as a Distraction, and Fading Food Reinforcement Strategically.Read More
Why train a horse to steer of a verbal cue? There are many benefits, the first of which being that it creates another mode of communication between rider and the horse. Where the traditional pressure cuing system vaguely translates to "more pressure = more response", a verbal cue allows us to precisely communicate what it is that we are looking for. For this process I used a technique known as shaping, which involves rewarding successive approximations (or small steps) towards the finished behavior.
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