Peer reviewed where?
All I see is a synopsis of a 'study' embedded in the article. I'll look at it again but it's interesting that Karen Pryor gets all excited about having a 'scientific peer reviewed' study? I thought she already had loads of peer reviewed scientific studies to support her beliefs?
I'm happy, therefore, to be able to tell you about the publication of what I believe is the first data-based clicker-training research paper to appear in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. The paper describes the thesis research done by Dawnery Ferguson for a master's degree in behavior analysis from the University of North Texas.
Yeah, embellishing somewhat...me thinks. I don't know exactly how peer reviewed this is, given it's for a master's but it's about time that some studies were done.
I've had a just a bit....of experience with this problem, loading horses.
If you want to use the clicker method and it works for you, great.
Me, I've used different methods depending on the horse. There's many, many different ways of training horses to load successfully.
Usually I've found just lunging them for a bit when they refuse to load works for a lot of horses. You load or you work. Usually they pick loading.
I had an abused off the track TB that was insanely difficult to load I used John Lyons method, which is gentle persistence in a nutshell.
I'm NOT a fan of clicker training horses because I have personally witnessed once well mannered horses turn into obnoxious spoilt 1000 pound brats and 1000 pound spoilt obnoxious brats are very dangerous.
My last farrier dropped clients who started clicker training their horses because horses that previously would stand quietly to be trimmed/shod started acting out. Not because he cared what training method the owner used it's just that the horses no longer would stand safely while he was working with them. A farrier doesn't have time to click and praise when he's got a hot shoe in tongs in one hand and holding the horses hoof in another. He can't afford to get hurt and not work, so he just stopped shoeing those horses.
Maybe these people were just not doing the clicker training correctly, I don't know but my experience has been if it ain't broke don't fix it.