Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Bronson, Florida
Yipes!! This got long! LOL
For the record, I'm a FEMALE ;)
I think what has bothered me most about this conversation is folks assuming those who don't use or like clicker training are obviously using some old time beating horse with a stick method to get their training done.
I don't see any of that in the responses from those who don't use C/T. What I see is folks saying is "why add that step when you don't have to?" Okay you have a little device that makes a funny noise when you push it. Well my own voice can do that. Be it a "kiss" sound, a funny noise ... and one I used to use a lot is a snap of my fingers. Their is tone of voice, posture, mannerisms. All of these things can be used to achieve the very same goal as this added extra device that makes noise.
Some people like that little thing that makes the noise and that's okay and if it works for you that's great! Others, like myself, prefer a different way that doesn't entail another mechanism I have to hold or another step I have to take to get the same end result.
Now I may have been out of horses for a little over 25 years but I do remember MANY things about teaching from the ground up, youngsters to oldsters. Am also very rusty in other areas that I'm sure when hubby and I get our two I will have to relearn and re-remember.
Whatever methods work for an individual work and that shouldn't be ignored new OR old.