Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Wordless Wenesday


  1. I think I would treat myself to that yummy strawberry goodness after all that hard work in the yard! The stone work looks nice!

  2. Great silent story, love the rocky garden thingy. That looks like a very well earned reward for all that hard work, nice job.

  3. I really like the stone pattern. I hope that it did not take too long. My husband and I are planning to put in a patio this summer, hopefully before the summer is over. ;)

  4. I saw your comment on clicker training, and I thought I would help. I clicker my horse, cat and dog. In all cases, I introduced them to clicker by target training.

    Get an item that you think he might be interested in. Show it to him. Most likely, he will touch it with his nose. Then, click and treat. Remove the target and start again.

    Do this over and over until it seems like he made the connection. Next, put the target further away and see if he will walk to it and touch his nose. Once he gets to that point, the rest is easy. He will understand if he does something and gets clicked, he will get the treat. The click becomes a very effective "good boy."

    You can click him for things he knows, too. If you ask him to sit in the normal way, and he does, you can click and treat. Any time you want to say "good boy," you can click and treat.

    This will get you started. After that, it keeps getting better.

    (I can throw dry kibble to my cat to chase and eat, and my dog will sit quietly--waiting to be clicked to get one kibble to 10 of his. It is like magic.)

  5. Oh my goodness that desert looks delicious.

    What were you doing for Freddy's first clicker session? Did you charge the clicker? What I do when I charge it is click/treat/click/treat/click/treat about fifteen times, then I'll click and throw the treat. As soon as he grabs the treat and before he looks at you click again and see if his head pops up. You'll know if he recognizes it. Until he understands that click equals treat you can't really teach him anything with it. Horses learn it differently so that method doesn't work with them but it definitely will with Fred. I'd love to see the first video you made. Are you going to post it? Let me know if you have any more questions. It's not hard once you get the hang of it.

    Also if you need practice at clicking (practice on your timing) you can bounce a tennis ball and click when it hits the ground. Practice until you can click the instant it touches. :) It's a lot of fun. Keep up the great work!!

  6. LOL Yep I laughed when I watched the video and heard my husband correct me. :D It's nice to have another pair of eyes when working with Chrome because sometimes I get so wrapped up in what I'm doing that I don't notice when I'm doing something wrong.

    I actually have done some clicker training with Zeppelin. I had him touching the target and letting me pet his entire left side from the flank forward. Unfortunately I can't work with him anymore until the barn is repaired because Chrome is too jealous and pushy. I have to be able to put him in the barn while I work with Zeppelin. Or when Faran is out in the pasture with Chrome I'll put Zep in the round pen and resume his training there for a while. I would really like to get a halter on him soon.

    Sometimes uploading videos can be such a pain. I've never uploaded one privately so I don't really have any advice. If it doesn't work I can wait until you do your next video. I'm excited that you're starting clicker training with Fred. Once you both get it figured out you'll never look back. :)

  7. Very cool Mary!
    Loved the dessert "Rewards" after the days rockery!
    Isa it a patio? Or will it be a focal water feature of plant display?

    My husband is going to love to see your Fred..he is so adorable! And in the header...perfectly cute with the kitty!!!
    Thanks for all the wonderfully sincere and informative comments to me!


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