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Conny & Marlitt, Autor bei RPlus
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Addicted to treats

Rewarding with treats is an essential component in our occupation with positive reinforcement. So, how quickly are our well-intended treats and cookies devaluated so to become little more than a form of inanimate currency in our mundane exchange of...

It is not enough to click

Clicker training depends on the enthusiasm of its supporters, and on all the small moments of success. However, strong emotional attachments to a certain training theory can also cloud our critical self-awareness. Which limitations and variations have...

Match to sample

Our horses’ cognitive performance is grossly underestimated until today. Yet, their intellectual capacities carry a beauty within that can best be described with the following image: It is like taking a stroll at the beach when every now and then a ...

Interview with Conny and Marlitt

The idea behind RPlus is to create something that unites all of us. This includes much more than all the single experiences Marlitt and I had because RPlus can only exist the way it does now if all our two- and four-legged friends, interested persons...

Appearances can be deceiving

In order to being able to act for the benefit of my horse I do not only have to develop an understanding for my horse’s feeling in a certain moment but I also need theoretical knowledge about facial expressions and body language to prevent speculating...

When to introduce a signal?

A frequent question that arises considers the right moment in training to add a certain gesture or voice signals to every trained behavior. After all, the horse should be able to understand as quickly as possible which specific behavioral response we...

Tension in clicker training

Training horses with treats can be satisfying and can lead to success. However, depending on your horse and the method you use, treats might also create excitement, tension, and stress. Your horse’s concentration and inner calm can be reduced if it...

The long search to identify the cause

A well-intentioned horse owner or trainer will search for the cause, and will not “blame” the animal alone if a horse surprises us with its reactions or its behavior. Yet, it is oftentimes difficult if not impossible to conclusively point out a specific...