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Tips to Measure the Value of Your Reward

I mean reinforcer. Not ‘reward’. It just sounded better. ūüėČ There is a big difference, let’s take a look at the definitions: Reward noun A thing given in recognition of one’s service, effort, or achievement. “the holiday was a¬†reward for¬†40 years’ service with the company” Synonyms: Recompense,¬†prize,¬†award,¬†honor,¬†decoration,¬†bonus,¬†premium,¬†bounty,¬†present,¬†gift, payment; Informal –¬†payoff,¬†perk; Formal –¬†perquisite¬†“a reward for its …

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Myth Monday: ‘Treats in training and Respect don’t go well together’

Who hasn’t heard the statement that ‘if you train with treats (like in positive reinforcement), your horse doesn’t respect you, he will do it only¬†for the food and not for you’. This is an interesting myth to debunk because there is so much to it. ‘Training with treats’ Not everyone who ‘trains with treats’ is …

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Myth Monday: Training with Food rewards causes pushy Horses

All positive reinforcement trainers have heard people say: ‘Training horses with food rewards makes them pushy’. Some people even state ‘dangerous‘ instead of pushy. Maybe you have said it yourself before you started using positive reinforcement (+R) to train your horse. You get what you reinforce In¬†+R training¬†you use a reward that reinforces the behaviour …

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