Loopy Training: Efficiently Teach Complex Behaviors

We often think of each training step as a single sentence: Cue=>behavior=>click=>reinforcer.

In teaching complex behaviors, this sentence must be presented not just once, but many times. In doing so, we end up training in repeating loops. You can recognize good clicker training by the presence of clean loops. Mix in poisoned cues, and the loops fall apart. Clean loops tell us when we can add new criteria. Tightening up a loop gives you effective strategies for eliminating unwanted behaviors and for creating fast, efficient shaping plans.

Loops are everywhere! Once you learn how to recognize them, you'll see they've always been part of your training. Awareness creates more effective use. Lack of awareness may mean you are inadvertently reinforcing unwanted behaviors and allowing them to become part of larger behavior chains.

Join Alexandra Kurland as she teaches you how to use the loopy training approach to problem-solve more quickly, avoid building unwanted behaviors into chains, clean up sloppy behaviors, and train more efficiently and effectively.

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.