Breakthrough! Six Powerful Strategies To Get You Through Training Blockages

Many trainers encounter periods in their training where they are no longer making consistent progress. Perhaps the problem is that they’ve inadvertently fallen into a predictable pattern in their attempts to lengthen the duration of a behavior. These trainers have hit a "glass ceiling." They can get five steps of the behavior, but their animal sticks at six. Or perhaps their training is out of balance. These trainers have created lots of "go-energy" behaviors, but they've overlooked the calming behaviors that keep all that enthusiasm in balance.

In this Session, Alexandra Kurland takes you through six strategies that help navigate past these training "speed bumps."

  1. Training by Priority: Adding Criteria to an Existing Behavior
  2. Swinging the Pendulum: Keeping Behaviors in Balance
  3. Shaping Variety: How to Avoid the "One Trick Pony" Syndrome
  4. Overcoming Fear through the Power of Cues
  5. Loopy Training
  6. Hierarchies of Reinforcement

Alexandra Kurland

Alexandra Kurland began her instructional career as a dressage rider and teacher and as an accredited TTouch Practitioner. In 1998 she launched the rapidly growing field of clicker training for horses with the publication of her first book, Clicker Training for Your Horse. Alexandra teaches clicker training geared to any horse need or sport—including developing a gentle and companionable riding horse, halter training foals, training advanced performance horses, and reforming difficult and unmanageable horses. She travels widely, giving clicker training seminars in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. Several years ago, Alexandra trained a miniature horse, Panda, to serve as the guide animal for a blind owner.

A graduate of Cornell University, Alexandra has written The Click That Teaches: A Step–By–Step Guide in Pictures and has also produced The Click That Teaches DVD lesson series and is presently at work on new books and videos.