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Part 9
From Training Level to Grand Prix Stardom
The longer you stay with an exercise, the more good things you'll see that it gives you.

In this section you're going to revisit each of the six foundation lessons. But now instead of seeing how you can teach them, you're going to be looking at how you can use them. The beauty of clicker training is it's simplicity. Yes, you can teach complex concepts and behaviors, but success with those more advanced lessons is built on a thorough understanding of the basics. What you'll be exploring with your horse is how many problems can be resolved, and how much great training can be built out of what are at their core very simple lessons.
Remember the discussion in Part Three about creating clicker "Grand Prix" horses. With clicker training you can take ordinary, everyday tasks and turn them into head-turning performances. In this section we're going to expand the basics. You'll see how they can be used to solve common behavior problems and how they turn into the building blocks of advanced performance.  

Click on the tabs to the right to take you to the foundation lesson you want to explore.

Note: while all of the lessons described in this section can easily be started during this course, none of them will be perfected. It can take many years of exploration before you will even begin to understand the full significance of some of these exercises. But that's all right. You're working with horses, and these days horses
are living healthy, productive lives well into their thirties and forties, so there is no hurry to get it all done yesterday.

That's a good thing because once you discover how much fun clicker training is, you'll want to keep finding new things to work on. The great thing about this work is you start out with very simple easy to teach, easy to understand lessons. You start out very macro. As your skills advance, you'll see nuances and layers in the behaviors that you've taught that weren't obvious to you on the first run through. You'll go micro. You'll fill in the lessons with many more small steps as you find even more ways of using these foundation lessons.  

Have Fun!
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