Tue, 17 Mar 2009 05:00:00 +0000
The Canis Film Festival is in full swing, with some fantastic entries in from around the clicker training world. Submissions are now closed, and the finalists have been posted.
Tue, 06 Jan 2009 15:37:37 +0000
Last week the New York Times ran an article featuring Ann Edie and her guide miniature horse, Panda. (If you aren't familiar with this pair, don't miss the profile here at clickertraining.com, documenting how Alexandra Kurland clicker trained Panda.) I had the privilege of meeting Ann and Panda myself in 2007—and it was hard not to be impressed. From the Times article:
What’s most striking about Edie and Panda is that after the initial shock of seeing a horse walk into a cafe, or ride in a car, watching them work together makes the idea of guide miniature horses seem utterly logical. Even normal. So normal, in fact, that people often find it hard to believe that the United States government is considering a proposal that would force Edie and many others like her to stop using their service animals. But that’s precisely what’s happening, because a growing number of people believe the world of service animals has gotten out of control: first it was guide dogs for the blind; now it’s monkeys for quadriplegia and agoraphobia, guide miniature horses, a goat for muscular dystrophy, a parrot for psychosis and any number of animals for anxiety, including cats, ferrets, pigs, at least one iguana and a duck. They’re all showing up in stores and in restaurants, which is perfectly legal because the Americans With Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) requires that service animals be allowed wherever their owners want to go.
It's an interesting piece. You can read the full article here.
As Karen Pryor wrote in The Panda Game: "KPCT was fortunate to have Ann Edie and Panda as honored guests at ClickerExpo Newport in 2006. Everyone enjoyed meeting this distinguished pair. We were awed by Panda's calmness as she guided Ann during the day, through crowds and halls and past all sorts of dogs (some of which were distinctly upset at having a horse among them). People were wonderful about not trying to pet Panda as she worked, even though she is deliciously cute and furry. At the Saturday night autograph party Panda even signed her own books, Panda: A Guide Horse for Ann, with a little, inky front hoof."
Wed, 26 Mar 2008 21:37:12 +0000
Karen Pryor was recently interviewed for an article posted at CinCHouse.com, a website for military women and wives. The article details how clicker training helped a traumatized rescue horse.
Blue had clearly been abused. The then-7-year-old Arab/Appaloosa/Percheron gelding was petrified of horse trailers. His owner, Lei Ryan, Army wife and former active duty officer, could tell her rescue horse had been traumatized in a trailer.
After clicker training:
Blue now not only willingly loads in a trailer, but also trusts Ryan to guide him through all kinds of situations that used to terrify him. The horse that used to shy away from human contact recently took part in a parade through downtown Leavenworth. "He's very much my buddy," she said. "He chooses to be with me. He chooses to do the things I do. He's very cooperative."
Once again, clicker training saves the day—and the horse. Read the full article here.
Mon, 01 Oct 2007 00:38:02 +0000
A Thoroughbred x Irish Draft Horse given up as "unridable" has calmed down after learning to play football (or soccer as you may know the game). Horse trainer, Emma Massingale, taught her horse, Kariba, to play football as a therapeutic game to expend some energy.
Wed, 26 Sep 2007 05:00:00 +0000
Only a few days Left to save $50 on ClickerExpo!
Tue, 03 Jul 2007 22:22:54 +0000
Clicker trainer Michele Pouliot sent us a highly amusing photo of her miniature horses.
Thu, 07 Dec 2006 20:16:57 +0000
The Canis Film Festival is in full swing, with some fantastic entries coming in from around the clicker training world. Submissions are now closed, and the finalists have been posted.
Check out CanisFilmFestival.com today to see them all!
UPDATE: See the videos that didn't qualify for the finalists, but include some of the funniest and most talented animals! Check them out here.
Thu, 02 Nov 2006 03:11:47 +0000
All horse owners know that a fearful or too-excited horse can be dangerous, or even deadly. Being able to calm your horse can be the difference between a safe, fun ride and a serious accident. Recently, the ClickRyder mailing list discussed techniques for calming a horse.
Fri, 18 Aug 2006 21:14:55 +0000
From the ClickRyder mailing list... Horse training is traditionally built around the threat of escalating pressure. Although it would be nice to throw away all of our pressure-adding tools, it's not practical since some of those tools are used to give cues when riding. Alexandra Kurland explored how traditionally-aversive tools, like ropes, can be used in a more positive way. The first step, she said, is to retrain our own muscles with new behavior patterns, so we don't fall back into the old rope-handling habits.
Fri, 21 Jul 2006 20:14:59 +0000
The new ClickerExpo.com is now live, including registration for ClickerExpo Los Angeles (Jan. 26-28, 2007)!
We've listened to all the attendee surveys and feedback, and we've kept all your favorite parts of Expo, while making lots of improvements:
Tue, 18 Jul 2006 23:01:15 +0000
We recently learned that the Library of Congress has selected Panda: A Guide Horse for Ann by Rosanna Hansen for production as a braille book, to be published later this year.
Mon, 01 May 2006 21:24:57 +0000
Karen Pryor Clickertraining proudly announces the launch of ClickFlicks Learning Center.
Mon, 13 Mar 2006 01:06:15 +0000
The Kearney Hub in Nebraska reports on a woman who is rehabilitates rescued Clydesdales, using clicker training to help them find new lives as pets. Read the story here.
Mon, 06 Mar 2006 20:34:19 +0000
Redondo Beach, CA (PRWEB) March 4, 2006 -- Karen Pryor Clickertraining (KPCT), organizer of ClickerExpo, the highly acclaimed educational conference specifically for animal professionals and pet owners, and 1-800-Save-A-Pet.com, North America's largest nonprofit online pet adoption service, have teamed up to help more pet owners and shelter professionals learn new skills for successful pet adoptions. How? KPCT and 1-800-Save-A-Pet.com are going to pay partner shelters $25 for each individual that attends ClickerExpo in Newport, RI March 31-April 2, 2006!
Thu, 09 Feb 2006 01:23:10 +0000
Photos taken by roving cameraphone photographer Bill Peña at ClickerExpo Tucson. Here's a basketball-playing rabbit to whet your appetite!