The Clicker Center
Part 4
The Six Foundation
Lessons Of
Clicker
Training
In Parts Two and Three you introduced your horse to targeting, one of the six foundation lessons. Some of you may have been writing a lot of exclamation marks in your training log. He’s so SMART!!!! That’s how you may be feeling about your horse. In the horse world there are many people who will tell you horses are stupid animals. What they are really saying is they use training methods that make horses appear to be stupid. It’s hard to shine in a force-based system. With clicker training you’re about to see how very smart and amazing horses truly are.  

And if you run into problems, if your horse brings some unwanted baggage into clicker training, the foundation lessons will give you a structure for working through them. 

Learning Goals for your Horse:
In this section you’re going to build a solid foundation for your clicker-trained horse. The six foundation lessons will: 

      Introduce your horse to the overall concept of the clicker and show him how to use the information the marker signal provides.

      Teach space management so even a pushy horse can be handled safely.

      Balance your horse's emotions: settling the overly enthusiastic horse, building confidence for the timid horse, developing patience in the pushy horse, calming the high energy horse, and creating interest for the shut-down or low-energy horses.

      Introduce other major concepts such as cues and chains.

      Provide solutions for major training issues such as rearing, spooking, bolting, and biting.

      Become building blocks which you will use to develop more complex behaviors.
Learning Goals for the handler:
For handlers these six lessons also serve many functions. They:

      Introduce you to the overall concept of the clicker.

      Show you how to get behavior using a variety of shaping techniques: free shaping, capturing, targeting, molding, pressure and release of pressure.

      Introduce you to the importance of good handling skills, especially good food delivery skills

      Show you how to stabilize behaviors.

      Teach you how to balance one behavior with another both to eliminate unwanted behaviors and to bring behaviors under stimulus control.

      Show you how to build quality and duration into behaviors.

      Show you how to link behaviors together to build complex chains.

      Introduce the rules of shaping.

      Show handlers how to problem solve: both how to resolve pre-existing training issues, and also how to resolve any problems that might arise as you and your horse are learning clicker basics.

      Show you how to build lesson plans, how to split the teaching process down into small achievable steps, how to manage training goals.

      Introduce you to the concept of training for long-term soundness.

      Develop the handler's ability to see and use small detail to improve a horse's balance.
The Six Foundation Lessons
The Six Foundation Lessons
After reading these two lists of learning goals, your head may be spinning. That’s a lot to be learned from six simple lessons. But don’t worry. One other thing clicker training teaches is how to break things down into simple steps. You and your horse will be learning some important skills, but it’s not going to feel as though you’re learning rocket science. The most important thing you’ll be learning is that training is fun! When you break things down into small steps, even major problems become manageable. The foundation lessons build the skills - step by step - to tackle whatever is on your own training-goals list.


The Lessons
Home
About Us
Introduction
Course Contents
Part 1: Intro
Part 2: Getting Started
Part 3: Loopy Training
Part 4: Foundation Lessons
Part 5: Teaching Strategies
Part 6: Training Plans
Part 7: Cues
Part 8: Chains
Part 9: Clicker SuperStars
Part 10: Rope Handling
Part 11: Riding Pt 1
Part 12: Riding Pt 2
Part 13: Riding Pt 3
Part 14: A Look Ahead
Part 15: Bibliography
On-Line Support
The Six Foundation Lessons
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
Page 6
Page 7
Page 8
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
 Page 1
 Page 2
 Page 3
 Page 4
 Page 5
 Page 6
 Page 1
 Page 2
 Page 3
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Page 4
Page 5
End of Part 4
Part 4: Six Foundation Lessons: Page 1
Part 4: Six Foundation Lessons: Page 2
Part 4: Six Foundation Lessons: Page 3
Part 4: Six Foundation Lessons: Page 4
Part 4: Six Foundation Lessons: Page 5
Part 4: Six Foundation Lessons: Page 6
Part 4: Six Foundation Lessons: Page 7
Part 4: Six Foundation Lessons: Page 8
You must be registered in the course to access these pages.
Contents
You must be registered in the course to access these pages.
Introduction
Next
You must be registered to access the full course.  Click here for course fees and registration information.
Intro
Part 4