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    • Monday, December 10, 2018
    • 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Thursday, December 17, 2020
    • 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CCPDT 1.5

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    “How" refers to the teaching method you select.  “What" refers to the behavior you are going to teach.  “Why" refers to the function of the behavior.  You need to consider all three.  Positive reinforcement training is wonderfully powerful.  That’s part of its appeal.  But you need to be careful how you use it. It’s easy to think you are looking out for an animal’s best interest because you are training with clicks and treats.  But what are you asking your animal to do and why?   

    “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”  This presentation helps to line those three elements up so they satisfy the trainer's needs as well as the animal's welfare.  It looks beyond the layer of methods to explore why we are drawn to certain training choices.

    As pet owners and animal trainers, we live in a world that divides.  There are people who make similar training choices to ours and then there are “the others”.  Seeing how “others” treat animals can be hard.  We want to defend animals, to protect them, to teach others “better ways”, but the more we push against what “others” are doing, the greater the divide becomes.

    This presentation is intended to help us understand better how these different training belief systems emerge.  Alexandra will be introducing you to the work of the cognitive linguist, George Lakoff. Through an understanding of primary metaphors and cognitive frames, we gain tools for understanding one another. Instead of creating a deeper divide, we gain better ways to communicate with one another.  In the process we become better trainers.

    George Lakoff is not an animal trainer, but his work certainly relates directly to training. Alexandra will be introducing you to his work and making the direct connections to horse training but the presentation will also be invaluable for all pet professionals!

    Learning Objectives:

    • The three layers every training system has
    • Identifying core belief systems 
    • Primary metaphors defined
    • Source and target domains and the connection to training
    • Treats - why do some reject them, others use them?
    • The strict father versus the nurturing parent model of training
    • Words matter - respect versus respect - same word, different meaning.  Why?
    • Why do people attack your training choices - and what can you do about it?
    • Frames - defined and connected to training
    • What frame are you in? How does that influence your training choices?
    • Why focusing on what you WANT matters so much
    • Command versus cue-based training
    • The hierarchy of behaviour change procedures - revisited
    • Convincing others without creating conflict - biconceptuals and frames
    • How, what, and why matter - lining up your training methods with your core values
    • Homework - techniques for maintaining the training frame that best serves you and your learners

    About The Presenter


    Alexandra Kurland is a graduate of Cornell University where she specialized in animal behavior. She began teaching horse training in the early 1980's. Her area of particular interest is the development of a horse's balance: physical and emotional. Helping horses stay sound and happy throughout a long lifetime is the goal. The result are beautiful horses that feel like heaven to ride.

    In 1998 Alexandra launched the rapidly growing field of clicker training for horses with the publication of her  book, "Clicker Training for Your Horse".

    Alexandra's work helps you apply clicker training to any equine need or sport - including developing a gentle and companionable riding horse, halter training foals, training advanced performance horses, and retraining difficult to manage horses. Her own riding interests align most closely with classical dressage.

    Alexandra travels widely, giving clicker training seminars and presenting at conferences in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. 

    In addition to "Clicker Training for your Horse", she has written "The Click That Teaches: A Step–By–Step Guide in Pictures" and "The Click That Teaches: Riding with the Clicker". She has also produced The Click That Teaches DVD lesson series, and The Clicker Center On-line Training Course.  She maintains a very active blog, theclickercenterblog.com.  She has published a book: "JOYFULL Horses" in her blog and most recently "The Goat Diaries".  Her current project is Equiosity, a weekly podcast which she produces with Dominique Day, one of the co-founders of Cavalia.

    Her web sites are:
    theclickercenter.com,
    theclickercenterblog.com,
    theclickercentercourse.com and
    equiosity.com
    • Wednesday, February 06, 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1.5

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    All training methods are comprised of three layers.  It doesn’t matter if we are talking about positive reinforcement training or an opposite force-based system, all training methods are based on an underlying belief system.  Out of this belief system evolve a set of guiding principles.  And from these emerge the actual training methods you will use.

    With horses whenever I encounter a training puzzle, I have learned to refer back to basic principles.  They help me to identify the problem and to set a course for solving it.  I have two key principles that guide all the rest: 

    * Safety always comes first - for you and your learner. 

    * You can’t ask for something and expect to get it on a consistent basis unless you have gone through a teaching process to teach it to your horse.  

    A third principle that I refer to often is:

    * For every behavior you teach there is an opposite behavior you must teach to keep things in balance.  

    This is one that hums about the background of everything I teach.  It’s a simple idea.  If you teach your horse to go, you had better also teach him to whoa.  If you teach your dog to wave his paw in the air, it’s a good idea to also teach him that four on the floor earns reinforcement.  Keeping your training in balance leads to physical, emotional and mental balance.  It creates great performance, great relationships, and - in horses - long-term soundness.

    In this program we’ll be exploring in depth where this simple training mantra takes us.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Basic shaping and how teaching in pairs works to balance behavior
    • Multi-dimensional training - tap root and base behaviors
    • The role of cues in teaching behavior
    • Movement cycles
    • Loopy training
    • Poisoned cues defined and their effect on training loops
    • Macro and micro extinction
    • Using micro extinction in shaping - priming the pump
    • New cue/old cue - a priming process
    • What is the function of the behavior - creating balance through broad repertoires
    • The result - great performance, great relationships, sound for life

    About The Presenter



    Alexandra Kurland is a graduate of Cornell University where she specialized in animal behavior. She began teaching horse training in the early 1980's. Her area of particular interest is the development of a horse's balance: physical and emotional. Helping horses stay sound and happy throughout a long lifetime is the goal. The result are beautiful horses that feel like heaven to ride.

    In 1998 Alexandra launched the rapidly growing field of clicker training for horses with the publication of her  book, "Clicker Training for Your Horse".

    Alexandra's work helps you apply clicker training to any equine need or sport - including developing a gentle and companionable riding horse, halter training foals, training advanced performance horses, and retraining difficult to manage horses. Her own riding interests align most closely with classical dressage.

    Alexandra travels widely, giving clicker training seminars and presenting at conferences in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. 

    In addition to "Clicker Training for your Horse", she has written "The Click That Teaches: A Step–By–Step Guide in Pictures" and "The Click That Teaches: Riding with the Clicker". She has also produced The Click That Teaches DVD lesson series, and The Clicker Center On-line Training Course.  She maintains a very active blog, theclickercenterblog.com.  She has published a book: "JOYFULL Horses" in her blog and most recently "The Goat Diaries".  Her current project is Equiosity, a weekly podcast which she produces with Dominique Day, one of the co-founders of Cavalia.

    Alexandra Kurland's websites are:
    theclickercenter.com,
    theclickercenterblog.com,
    theclickercentercourse.com and
    equiosity.com




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