I went out today for a third time today to the horse rescue I started volunteering at last week. Over the weekend we took the big paint gelding I wrote about last week to a local trainer who’s agreed to work with him. The trainer seemed like a great guy and has some past experience […]
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Dogs, horses, and rats. Birds, goldfish, cats. Dolphins, raccoons, and elephants. What animals can’t we train? In this section you’ll find lots of great training stories and tips. You will also get to meet many of the wonderful animals that I get to train. I hope that you’ll enjoy reading about my adventures (and misadventures) and that these articles and tales can provide you with insight that will help you with your own animals.
The fish training kit I use was developed by Dr. Dean, of the R2 Fish Training School. The BBC has just produced a short clip of one of his star pupils, Comet, for it’s program Animals at Work. It’s pretty great to watch him performing all of his tricks. Blaze, the fish I’m training, is […]
I just finished reading an interesting article from The Horse about the disease Strangles. I had always been told (and had read in at least several places) that the strangles bacteria, Streptococcus equi, stays in the ground for years and years and years. This is why many people are quite afraid of Strangles, not only […]
Take a close look at this bird: (photo by: Arnel B. Telesforo) Any idea what kind of bird this is? When’s the last time you saw a bird like this? For that matter, when’s the last time anyone saw a bird like this? (more…)
Many animal trainers that use positive reinforcement and operant conditioning rely on a clicker or a certain word (such as “Good!”) to mark correct behavior. The marker sound or word functions as a secondary reinforcer. It’s paired with food over and over again until the animal associates it with good behavior. Then, when you give […]
I spent the better part of the afternoon sitting on the ground picking bunches of grass and feeding them to a big blue-eyed brown and white paint horse. He’s still not at all sure he wants to be my friend, but he started being convinced by the end of the session. I had a friend […]