Dopamine, oxytocin and clicker training?
Clicker training uses the reward circuitry in the horse’s brain. This causes an increase in the levels of dopamine and oxytocin in the horse’s system. These are neurochemicals that are responsible for making a horse feel good. As a side effect of training with positive reinforcement we actually end up increasing the neurochemicals that make a horse feel good.
What happens when two or more people are riding with a clicker in the same arena?
It is really amazing to watch a whole group of horses all being clicker trained in the same arena. The horses easily figure out which click is for them because...
Can I use clicker training with a foal or an older horse?
Yes! Clicker training works with horses of all ages. Though I normally don’t worry about introducing a foal to the clicker until they are eating solid food. However in some situations with orphans or...
My horse is not really interested in food rewards, will clicker training work?
Yes! Some horses will appear to not be interested in food rewards in the beginning. They might take one or two treats and then seem like they are full or not interested in the food or even spit it out. These horses will end up keen and enthusiastic about clicker training within a few short sessions.
What is Clicker Training?
Clicker training is a method of training animals that uses a marker signal to identify a specific behaviour, the animal is then rewarded for the behaviour with positive reinforcement such as food.