New Trainer’s Course
Enrolment now open ......
Training skills are an ever evolving and re-evolving learning cycle. We learn, we apply, we return to the beginning and learn again. We explore, we expand, we integrate and blend learning from experience and the dogs we share the learning with. We may begin this spiral of learning with small circuits. These are the dangerous ones, they hook us into wanting to learn more without giving us an idea that we will never learn enough. As we progress up the spiral we will at some time make a massive jump from interested to fascinated. This new course will satisfy The Fascinated stage of your spiral and give you the foundations to keep moving upwards.
Moving upwards is satisfying, successful and self-motivating when based on excellent training skills, clear foundations of teaching and learning and strong, sound core behaviours. Confidence, for both trainer and learner, ignites enthusiasm, desire to learn more and build a relationship in trust.
Dogs are incredible teaching masters, they may not tell us what to learn but they do give us clear feedback on what we have learned and how we are doing. We need skill to interpret this feedback and identify how to improve our communication. From successful planning, observation and analysis, to our personal awareness and motor skills. All can impact on the quality of our teaching enhancing a relationship of trust and confidence.
This is a new course combining everything that is excellent from the last 5 years of my on-line courses, what I teach at Wagmore Barn with me Super Trainers and lightly sprinkled with tastes from the adjacent worlds of behaviour analysis, neuroscience and psychology.
It is a 2 year practical study course covered in 12 units. Certification is available through successful completion of the criteria for each unit. Criteria will require video evidence of competency and written assignments. From enrolment for Assessment you have 3 years to complete your full submission.
You can choose to study, work towards certification, attend the workshops, any or all of these options.
At the Barn - 2015 dates
I am thrilled to welcome Emma Parsons to the Barn (Mar 10 & 11th). She is very experienced in helping people with reactive dogs and has put together a comprehensive course for anyone who runs classes.
The very popular Super Trainer courses will be running through the year in 5 days, and monthly formats. I am very pleased to announce for the serial learners that you get your fourth run of the course for FREE!
Many of you want to continue to work on your skills and keep moving forward so we now have the Extra Super Clicker Trainer days for those who have completed the course running regularly over the Winter.
Having been freshly milled by Merrick and experience the current Age of Objection I am sharing my learning in day workshops. Puppy One for those up to 6 months, or even thinking of future happiness, and Teenagers 6-16 months for those seriously questioning their sanity. Ideal if you want to come along with your own pup or teach classes - lots of ideas, which are probably a little Outside the Box.
I have the usual popular workshops for Border Collies, Treasure Hunting and Lesley will run her Great Day Out Wagmore Workshop
Five Went To Sea
Presentation videos now out
I am very pleased to be able to share some of the amazing presentations from the cruise - just a pinch of the pleasure we shared. Four hours of presentations plus 1 hour 40 minutes of “talking heads”. When the four of us get together we love to talk training, protocols, strategies, ideas, understandings. It is a challenge to stop us!
The presentations and audio are on discs More details .....
or download: More details ....
Now addicted, totally loyal to the Ship, and a lifetime Five Go To Sea sailor.
What an amazing adventure. New experiences shared with great company. Learning, leisure and luxury combined. More stories and pictures from the Cruise…..
Life’s adventures continue:
Merrick is now 6 months old - read about The Age of Objection blog ...
“... all the carefully, thoughtfully taught behaviours are falling apart. Despite maintaining and increasing the reinforcement “mass”, the behaviours such as:
speed control: “Merrick” = run towards me and plan to stop
responding to cues: “off to bed”= in your crate
separation: “you stay there” = as I walkout through the gate
Yes, it happens to the best of us!
Book of the Moment
I can highly recommend John Pilley’s “Chaser”. Unlocking the genius of the dog who knows a thousand words. A much appreciated birthday gift from someone who knows how to buy the perfect gift. The book is detailed enough for any trainer, scientifically clear without the woolly references, and a testament of dedication. Even if you have not experienced training a collie this is an authentic, genuine book about the love of teaching a dog.
If you heart belongs to collies, or your friend’s heart does, then don’t hesitate, this will be one of your favourite books and a perfect gift.
(I’ll not include a link as searching will source your best option)
Clicker Revolution FB Group
Clicker Revolution has topped over 1200 copies sold so to celebrate I have started an informal group on Facebook-Clicker Revolution for opportunities to explore your revolution: Pop along for a chat and meet the other revolutionists!
Official blurb and options to buy .....