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Ending well

Episode #3- We took a short break from our conversation and went for a walk with Dominique’s dogs. When we came back, I asked Dominique to share a story she told me out on the walk about how she solved the dilemma of getting her dogs to come in at night. This relates to all of us who have eager clicker learners who don’t want the training sessions to end. Several more stories follow all illustrating how important it is to set up your environment for success. Whether you are training goats, dog, horses, or guinea pigs this principle very much applies. Ending well means in part we end with a reinforcer for you, so be certain to listen all the way to the end of the podcast to receive the cod

The companions of our Heart

Episode #2 - This podcast is packed! We start off by talking about the bonds horses form with one another and how important it is to support and protect the friendships horses form. Then we move on to a discussion of smart learners, enthusiasm and the need to develop calm, settled behaviors to create emotional balance. That leads us to a discussion of mats: how to train them, how to use them. Still with the overall focus on emotional balance we move on to food delivery. We share several stories that show how much a horse’s behavior can be influenced by how you deliver the treats. Enthusiasm and joy are always cherished. I end with a favorite story about my horse, Robin. Be certain to li

Visitors

Episode #1 - This first podcast focuses on the importance of building a relationship with the animals you train. That seems a very appropriate topic for our first episode. Come get to know us as I introduce you to Pellias and Elyan, my two cashmere goats. We’ll also be talking about horses, relationship building, control and choice. These are topics that are getting serious scientific attention these days, and with good reason. Always it is go to people for opinions and our animal learners for answers. Our horses tell us that choice is indeed a powerful reinforcer. Be certain to listen all the way to the end. We have some wonderful “reinforcers" for you to thank you for listening to our