Learning Theory

Intelligent Disobedience, The Disobedience You WANT...

Intelligent Disobedience, The Disobedience You WANT...

Intelligent Disobedience is a phenomenon wherein an animal makes a choice to act directly against the instructions from the handler/owner/trainer/rider in order to make a decision that is ultimately better. Intelligent Disobedience has most often been associated with guide animals who make decisions to keep their handlers safe. Such as when a guide dog for the vision impaired ignores a cue to cross the street during a time in which a car is coming. However, this phenomenon is not only present in the horse world, it can help to increase safety in a perilous sport...

It's Time to Let Go of the Reins...

It's Time to Let Go of the Reins...

It's time to let go of the reins and create reliable behavior that is not contingent upon the presence and use of equipment. We need to teach the horse internal control of their behavior through cooperation, in an effort to lessen or eliminate the amount of external control that is necessary to create the performance that we have come to expect. Here is one way that we can get started...

Can Tricks Help Fix a Behavior Problem? YES!

Can Tricks Help Fix a Behavior Problem? YES!

Tricks play an important role in behavior modification because tricks add options to your pet's behavioral repertoire. Matching Law states that given two options of possible behaviors, the animal will choose the one with a stronger history of reinforcement. Adding behaviors that we like to reinforce gives your pet more options, with a higher probability that he/she will choose these behaviors over undesirable behaviors...

 

 

 

What does the clicker do?

What does the clicker do?

The technical term for a clicker is an event marker. If you have ever been to a dolphin or marine mammal show you have probably already seen an event marker in action. The clicker helps to mark the moment in time that an animal behaves correctly, making communication more precise!

How Animals Learn...

How Animals Learn...

To train our animals effectively, it is important that we first understand how animals learn. The science that follows in this post is a brief summary of learning theory. By understanding how it is that all living beings learn, we can then establish the most effective methods of training.