6 Things That You Might Not Know About Clicker Training (5/6)

6 Things That You Might Not Know About Clicker Training (5/6)

In this series I will be sharing 6 interesting facts I didn’t know about when I started using positive reinforcement in training animals. This is part 5. I like this one! Some of these are common misunderstandings people have about clicker training while others are facts most equestrians don’t know at all. The goal ofRead more about 6 Things That You Might Not Know About Clicker Training (5/6)[…]

6 Things You Might Not Know About Clicker Training (2/6)

6 Things You Might Not Know About Clicker Training (2/6)

In this series I will be sharing 6 interesting facts I didn’t know about when I started using positive reinforcement in training animals. This is part 2. Read also part 1 and part 3. Some of these are common misunderstandings people have about clicker training while others are facts most equestrians don’t know at all.Read more about 6 Things You Might Not Know About Clicker Training (2/6)[…]

“There is nothing wrong with Negative Reinforcement applied properly”

“There is nothing wrong with Negative Reinforcement applied properly”

Said someone once to me. I didn’t say anything, but my body screamed: ‘Yes, there is….

Although I couldn’t explain in words why I felt that way, now I do. Since it was hard to catch it in words, it is a long explanation, so please get seated.

When I talk about horse training, I like to use the scientific definitions in order to keep the language as clear as possible and to avoid emotional and subjective projection. Let’s start with some definitions because this statement (“There is nothing wrong with R- applied properly”) is one that causes a lot of commotion among horse people. Read more about “There is nothing wrong with Negative Reinforcement applied properly”

Why are NH and traditional horse training methods still popular? This is why

Why are NH and traditional horse training methods still popular? This is why

You would think that if one knows better, they will do better. Right? I think it is a bit more complicated than that. Here is why. Natural horsemanship (NH) and traditional horse training are based on negative reinforcement. Negatieve reinforcement is strengthening behaviour by taking away an aversive (= something unpleasant). Pressure-release is an exampleRead more about Why are NH and traditional horse training methods still popular? This is why[…]