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Episode 49: The "300 Peck Pigeon" Lesson

What have you been reading recently? Dominique has just started Paul Chance’s “Learning and Behavior”. She jumped straight to a chapter on reinforcement schedules. It sparked an interesting conversation centered around the question of how to build duration into the behaviors you’re teaching without creating frustration. In this week’s episode I describe a teaching strategy years that I developed years ago that I refer to as “the 300 peck pigeon” lesson.

Episode 48: Jane Jackson Part 4: Something New!

This week concludes our conversation with Jane Jackson - and what an ending it is! Jane shares with us another great procedure she used with her horses in which she introduced something new into their environment every day.

Episode 47: Jane Jackson Pt 3: Learning To Be Brave

In this week’s episode Jane Jackson describes a procedure she used to help her very sensitive, very vigilant horse become comfortable walking with her out away from the barn. Jane followed a five day pattern. Day one was exploration day. Day two was foundation lessons day. On day three she built short chains using the foundation behaviors. On day four she introduced a relatively new behavior. And on day five she combined that new behavior with the foundation lessons to produce even longer chains. On day six she moved to a new location and began the process all over again. She describes in detail what she did on each of these days - and even more important - why.

Episode 46: Jane Jackson Pt 2: Sensitive Horses

Our conversation with Jane Jackson continues as she introduces us to her horse, Percy. Percy is a sensitive, athletic, smart thoroughbred cross who sits on the fringes of any bell shaped curve you might want to fit him into. He's presented Jane with many training puzzles. In this week's podcast she shares how she started him under saddle - and the monkey wrench he threw into that process, along with many other stories. We're heading towards a description of a procedure Jane developed to help Percy feel more comfortable leaving the barnyard and his familiar paddocks. But first we wanted to introduce you to Percy so you would have a better appreciation of the challenges this kind of horse