Is Your Horse or Dog Training Working For You? How About For Them?
Horses and dogs have different learning styles just as people do.
If you don't know their learning style and work WITH your animal, then their training will be a lot harder and frustrating for both of you.
Training should be tons of fun!!
If it's not, then you've got some work to do. Learning how to talk to your horse or dog through the training process makes all the difference in the world!
What works for one animal may not work with others. I have worked with many trainers and have trained horses myself, and until I know what works best for each horse, I can waste a lot of time money and energy going in the wrong direction... because if you're going in the wrong direction, then more speed won't help!.
Before we can train effectively, we need to first discover their different learning styles and how best to approach the needs of the different animals.
One particular dog trainer decided she didn’t want to waste her time (or her clients money) and wanted to know how to be efficient and more effective with her canine charges.
She was working with a dog named Champ. Champ was a quick thinker.
He liked and wanted the big picture, and he wanted to learn from watching others.
He then wanted the steps defined for him.
When the trainer approached him that way, Champ picked it up very fast, almost over night! He took off very quickly.
Imagine how frustrating it would have been if she had tried to take him slow with little baby steps. He would have felt uninterested and unhappy with his work, and would have been bored and unresponsive.
And you know what bored dogs do, right? They get into trouble.
I had the pleasure of working with world champion cutting horse trainer, and once he understood how much difference talking with his horses made, he wanted me to evaluate all his horses in training.
He saved a ton of time, energy and frustration (not to mention his client's money) by knowing in advance the exact approach needed for each animal.
He amazed his colleagues by bringing his horses to show faster than anyone would had expected.
One of his geldings best learning style was definitely not about watching others. She needed to have the baby steps and a lot of repetition to build her strengths, confidence and improve her ability to focus. Without that slow, simple easy approach, she would have felt overwhelmed, lost her confidence quickly, and would have suffered a lot of unnecessary stress.
Necessary things to consider when deciding on a training style:
- What is their learning style
- The way that the animal process mentally
- Ability to do the job
- Types of activities the animal loves or doesn’t love. (Does your horse love to jump? If not, they will fight you, or do you have a star jumper?)
Some of these things can only be determined by communicating directly with your animal. You can make a fairly educated guess over time with some degree of accuracy, but the simplest and most expedient way to get to the truth is to ask them directly.
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