So now it's morning and I have worked with the same lesson as last night (see previous post.)
Situation: other donkeys were not in sight (situation improved from last night)
Ringo had just had his hay for breakfast but still seemed hungry.
Time: 7:30 - 7:40 AM
Goal: Trying to combine "Ringo resting his muzzle under my open hand" (I will call this soft muzzle) which he knows well with "ears forward" which is new.
Results: Same behaviour as last night - much agitated pawing, I disappear, pawing stops. Many good combos of the two behaviours I want but it seemed random.
Observations: Ears are always back when pawing, always forward just after he stops pawing. I have been capturing this (click & treat) but cannot capture the two behaviours together UNLESS I leave and return!
Ringo is showing me that he is frustrated and doesn't understand what I want him to do, so ....
Plan: Break this down smaller! Good clicker trainers work in baby steps - they "split" behaviours into teeny tiny chunks instead of "lumping" them into large chunks. I need to work backwards to keep Ringo feeling successful - he can't learn if he is agitated.
I will back up and try to teach "ears forward" on it's own using targeting. One behaviour at a time, put it on cue, then try to combine.
Reference: The Click That Teaches - A Step By Step Guide In Pictures by Alexandra Kurland
Happy Faces (Ears Forward) page 36