Originally Posted by gypsygirl
Jw have you ever seen the video of the lady who 'invented' clicker training ? She can't get her dogs to do anything. I don't think its really training because the animal does it because somethings in it for them, not because you said so. Just my opinion.
Be interested to see that vid, as I've only seen a few vids of her & they were all impressive.(Parelli on the other hand - don't let him within cooee of your dogs... but that's another issue)
Curious definition of training you have IMO. So your animals do things you ask just because you say so, with no consequences whatsoever for their actions? How did you teach them to do that? I suspect you really mean they do what you ask because through negative reinforcement/punishment it is easier for them to do it & more unpleasant for them if they don't. I wonder why you think rewarding an animal for desirable behaviour is a problem?
So the first thing I'd teach would be acceptable 'table manners' - Mugging, pushing, ears back, teeth bared, impatience, dirty looks, etc NEVER work. Instead, standing calmly, head down, head tucked in, nose pointed away, taking a step back from you... whatever you choose to ask for is what works. It is also my prerogative to dish out treats if & when I like, it is not the horse's right to have or even ask for them.
I've thought about doing it with Bourbon but he gets really pushy when he is hand fed.