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post #11 of 13 Old 02-22-2011, 07:58 PM
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You should definately take the advice of the people who posted before me. I have a Newfoundland, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd mix (aka a big dog) who was taught to do that. He digs his nails into my thigh every time I get near him if he's sitting directally in front of me. And not only does he do it, but a few of our Border Collies who were never taught to picked up on it. Dx I imagine with a horse it would be even more dangerous. Especially if your horse starts doing it wanting treats or attention.
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post #12 of 13 Old 02-22-2011, 09:31 PM
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I taught both of my horses to sidepass and gave them a horse cookie if they did it right. So sometimes they will sidepass just to try to earn a cookie! But I only reward for it when I ask for it. If they sidepass on their own, then I ask them to stop and don't give a treat.

But I think what everyone said is true, if they learn they can get a reward for it, it will be their new favorite behavior.

I still "train" using horse cookies though. I just only reward if it was something I asked them to do.
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post #13 of 13 Old 02-22-2011, 09:59 PM
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I have taught my pony to shake hands, it was pretty easy to teach her too! And it's so cute, cause usually you would see a dog doing it haha! I've also taught her to lay down, bow, & kiss!
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