In late spring, we’ll be offering a boating skills for dogs class in the Adirondacks. You can read more and also watch a video! On the Water: Boating Skills for Dogs
Good training is the basis for making your vacations fun for you and your animals! You’ll need solid, reliable behaviors for everything from staying in hotels, to walking on beaches, to walking among tourists in a crowded village. For staying in hotels or inns — or even at campgrounds — you’ll need a strong attention […]
Our theme this year is enrichment! Clients can now rent the training center starting in October for practice and enrichment. We also have two single classes for clients – one is a Social Walking class and the other is an Enrichment Class. Here’s our link for the group class website: http://www.classes.mountainhoovespaws.com/ And here’s our link […]
We have a specific puppy based package of lessons at the Training Centre in Saranac Lake! These early weeks are vitally important for everything from socialization to exposures to people in strange hats to learning how to be independent. Let us guide you and help you provide the foundation your puppy needs to be a […]
Social walks classes starting in May, 2018! We’ll be meeting at our training center in Saranac Lake, NY and taking a stroll around the back streets of the village for an hour. For more information, visit https://mountainhoovespaws.com/training/social-walks-class/ .
I thought I’d review how clicker training is not just about the “clicker” but instead, about a philosophy of training. This philosophy is based on treating our animal friends with respect, kindness, and keeping empathy for our animals high on our radar. As a result, we make a few major choices with our training. 1. […]
This is an article written by US Fish & Wildlife biologist Cathy Curby and reprinted with permission from Cathy Curby. It’s a fascinating window into the lives of wolves and certainly parallels the work we’re doing here at Mountain Hooves & Paws. Enjoy! Good afternoon. My name is Cathy Curby, and I’m a wildlife biologist […]
We just came across a wonderful video produced by a trainer out of France. Alizé V. Muckensturm has an organization called Fair Horsemanship which is gathering attention throughout the world. Enjoy this video!
It’s still new in the horse world to incorporate fun & games into training. So we decided to help change this! We’re getting “out there” to show the horse world how it’s possible to train horses with games. Why is trailer training a good place to start? Many horses only load in trailers because people […]
A solid recall is key to enjoying the outdoors with your canines. It’s not something which comes easily, but it is worth the hard (and fun) work! If you’re interested in building a reliable recall with your dog, consider contacting us. We have developed a step by step recall program which will help your dog […]
We’re around 8 months late with this post, but we wanted to share with you our experience placing two of our rescue horses at retirement homes. Our first adventure was with Sole — he’s a agile Paso Fino in his mid 20s. He was rather beat up in his earlier years by a combination of […]
Learn the techniques for having fun outdoors with your animals! We work at our training center in Saranac Lake or via Zoom. For more information, check out our web page: Private Lessons & Day Training
At Mountain Hooves & Paws, we use an approach to clicker training that is force-free. In other words, we do not use pressure (even in the form of annoyance – pulling a rein or leash – or startling – shaking a whip or leash or rope) to get any behaviors from animals. As a result […]
Both Benny & Flicka had difficult experiences with trailering before we adopted them. But, with consistent positive reinforcement training, both horses now consider the trailer a rewarding place to hang out! We recently took both Benny and Flicka to a horse trail in the Adirondacks. They performed beyond our dreams! Time and time again, we […]
Here’s a fun video put together by Susan Garrett, champion agility handler from Canada and a highly accomplished teacher and trainer. If you need inspiration for your training, this video will provide it! And, as she points out, there are many behaviors which help dogs get into performance shape while they’re having fun! For more […]
Sole is a rescued Paso Fino. When he first arrived, he had a hard time trusting we wanted him to relax and walk. Sole came from a situation where people would kick him to gait fast (Paso Finos are known for a natural gait between a walk and a trot), then hold him back with […]
Here’s a wonderful introduction to positive reinforcement training using the clicker. Ken Ramirez is one of the world’s top trainers. He brings you on a journey of training many types of animals!
This post is from June 2014 – We were just starting to learn how advanced clicker training is! We have been busy learning more and more about clicker training. It’s actually quite an advanced form of training. At first it seemed simple…”see a behavior you like, click, then give a reward such as food.” But […]
Teaching an animal to touch a target is powerful not only for direct applications (i.e.: leading an animal from point A to point B) but also for indirect uses. In this video, I (Kinna) uses the target to help Sole walk calmly next to me. The target gives Sole something to think about. It turns […]
Well, the time came when one of our animals needed advanced veterinary care. We were boarding our two horses, Benny and Flicka, on a farm. They shared a pasture with small herd of Scottish Highland cattle. (We had naively trusted the farmer who said he’d had many horses in with the cattle and had no […]
Around three years ago, Patti rescued an emaciated days old piglet. She named her Miss Charlotte. Now, thanks to Patti, Charlotte has a life full of compassion, love, good food, toys, and a secure shelter – and Patti is interested in adding even more to Charlotte’s life. Here is a video of the first clicker […]
Ken Ramirez, one of the top positive animal trainers in the world, is always exploring the intelligence of animals. He now knows that dogs are capable of counting (he’s probably always known this, he just had to develop a method to show everyone else!). Here’s his “teaser” video. He’ll be presenting his work at the […]