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Clicker training for your horse
Kurland, Alexandra, 1956-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Waltham, Mass. : Sunshine Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
xi, 206 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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SF287 .K87 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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In this remarkable book, Alexandra Kurland shows you how and why to use the techniques of positive reinforcement and shaping, with a horse. She leads you through the new methodology of clicker training step by step, so that you can do it for yourself. And she makes one of the biggest benefits crystal-clear: Clicker training is not just effective: it's Fun!

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Part I The Rules of the Gamep. 7
Chapter 1 Click! Dolphin Training for Your Horsep. 9
Chapter 2 Getting Started with the Clicker: Understanding the Rules of Shapingp. 15
Chapter 3 Putting the Clicker to Work for You: Training with Positive Reinforcersp. 21
Chapter 4 Everything Is Everything Else: Bridling a Head-Shy Horsep. 25
Chapter 5 All Aboard! Mounting Blocks and So Much More: The Power of Goal Settingp. 33
Chapter 6 The Problem with Punishment and Some Positive Alternativesp. 39
Chapter 7 Nine Easy Steps to the Perfect Horse: Retraining Behavior Problemsp. 47
Part II Practical Uses for the Clickerp. 53
Chapter 8 Foal Training: Early Childhood Educationp. 55
Chapter 9 You're Never Too Young to Learn: Introducing Your Foal to the Clickerp. 59
Chapter 10 Baby's First Steps: Early Leading Lessonsp. 63
Chapter 11 Circles and Turns: Putting an End to the Pushy Horsep. 69
Chapter 12 A Clicker Training Session: Taking the Bounce out of Your Babyp. 73
Chapter 13 Taking the Show on the Road: Trail Obstaclesp. 77
Chapter 14 Overcoming Fear: Clippers, Baths, Shots, Etc.p. 83
Chapter 15 Ground Manners for the Older Horsep. 87
Chapter 16 Lunging and Liberty Trainingp. 93
Chapter 17 Lateral Workp. 99
Part III Don't Shoot the Horse: Clicker-Training for Bigger Challengesp. 107
Chapter 18 Clicking, Clucking, and Other Assorted Sounds: A Few Words about Clickersp. 109
Chapter 19 Trailer Loading: Can It Really Be This Easy?p. 113
Chapter 20 Biting: Learning to Read the Language of Horsesp. 123
Chapter 21 Crossing the Line into Aggressionp. 127
Chapter 22 Playtime: The Power of Shaping and Variable Reinforcement Schedulesp. 149
Part IV Riding in a State of Excellencep. 153
Chapter 23 Riding that Clicksp. 155
Chapter 24 Breaking Down Resistance: Three Problems, One Solutionp. 159
Part V Noah's Ark: The Clicker is not Just for Horsesp. 163
Chapter 25 Dogs and Catsp. 165
Chapter 26 The Rest of the Barnyardp. 173
Chapter 27 The All-Species Clicker Classp. 179
Appendixesp. 183
Appendix A When Is a Training Problem Not a Training Problem: Checking Saddle Fitp. 185
Appendix B Tongue Clicksp. 187
Glossaryp. 189
Bibliography and Resourcesp. 193
Afterwordp. 195
About the Authorp. 197
Indexp. 199