I have been watching more clicker training videos recently from Facebook friends and on Youtube and it is reinvigorating me to get back into training my alpacas. I have been watching Peggy Hogan clicker train her mini-horses and her techniques are so great. Watching those videos has inspired me to go back out and find those 5 minutes. Watching the videos is giving me ideas of trying new things to train. It is helping me break out of my rut. We all need that from time to time. Even the trainers need a boost and reminder.
Getting back into clicker training the alpacas, I'm having fun trying to adapt some of these new techniques I've seen from these other trainers. My alpacas are having more fun and come to me every time I enter their pasture now in the hopes it will be clicker time. They are enjoying learning new things too. And, by taking that 5 minutes, I'm giving myself time to enjoy my animals. Running a farm is hard work. There is never enough hours in the day to get everything done. But by giving myself those 5 minutes with my alpacas, I'm reminding myself, why it is that I'm working hard. After all, the reason I wanted my own farm was to be able to enjoy my animals each and every day. Clicker training isn't just about teaching the animals new behaviors. There is an added benefit to clicker training. It has provided a good and positive reminder to stop and just enjoy my alpacas. And, by doing so, I am more energized and excited about training and being in this alpaca business. That is a pretty good return of my time investment of only 5 minutes. I'm glad I dusted off the clicker.
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