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Opportunity or Avoidance? Should we, as horse trainers, combine positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement?

Hi Guys, Shawna here! I am often asked about the feasibility of combining positive reinforcement(R+) and negative reinforcement(R-). It is not a simple answer. Some people have referred to this practice as combined reinforcement, but this is not a scientific term or construct. I think the thing we […]

One at a time; more on how to be an effective positive reinforcement trainer following shaping guidelines

Last week we started talking about Karen Pryor’s ‘Ten Laws of Shaping’, and what those look like in terms of real-world examples. The second guideline identified by Karen Pryor in her book, ‘Don’t Shoot the Dog’, is as follows:

“Train one aspect of any particular behavior at a time; don’t try […]

Thank you, Sarah!

One of the participants in our last workshop was Sarah Matlock, an instructor of Applied Equine Behavior at Colorado State University. We originally met Sarah at CHATTcon (Convergence of Human and Animal Training Technologies) in Seattle in July and were lucky enough to have her come learn with us earlier […]

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Positive Reinforcement for Equines – Weekend Clinic

Learn about the effectiveness of these humane, science-based training skills to develop your horse’s motivation and trust. In this Weekend Clinic, legendary trainer and equine behaviorist Shawna Karrasch will show you how to unlock the power of Positive Reinforcement with horses.

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