Sunday, August 1, 2010
More Natural than Natural Horsemanship?
Boy howdy was I wrong!
If you've ever been even remotely curious about clicker training, read this book.
It starts out very anecdotal - Karen tells stories of her various experiences with clicker trained animals, weaving through out the stories the benefits of clicker training over conventional or traditional methods.
And just when you think this is a cute book about some cute animals, she introduces the science that simply blows your mind.
Clicker training accesses the deep, primitive structures of the brain: the amygdala, or "reptilian brain" and the hypothalamus, part of our emotional center. Learning in these two structures is different than the more evolved cerebral cortex. Clicker training taps into the more immediate, permanent learning of the amygdala and the hypothalamus.
Could it be that clicker training is more natural than even natural horsemanship?
I wish I could explain it as eloquently as Karen laid it all out in her book. I simply cannot recommend this book enough.
I understand, now, the light in Cricket's eyes when I pull out the clicker and the treats. It's not the food (read the book and you'll understand why!). It's something so much more than that. I cannot wait to get this started again!