HOW LAUREN HELPS HORSES
The techniques Lauren uses to resolve horse behaviour problems are both effective and horse-friendly. For example, Lauren uses counter-conditioning and systematic desensitization to change emotions such as fear, and positive reinforcement and shaping to teach new, wanted behaviours. These techniques, and others, are routinely used by animal behaviour professionals to address even serious behaviour problems. You can see video examples of Lauren training using these techniques here.
Knowing what techniques to use is important. Equally important, Lauren also understands the well-documented pitfalls of using techniques such as punishment or flooding. Animal behaviour professionals, including Lauren, avoid using such techniques as they decrease the animal's ability to learn, increase fear and aggressive behaviours, damage trust between the animal and the human, and increase the likelihood that both animal and human will be injured during training.