Far-Sighted: The Importance of Looking Ahead

During training we are all vulnerable to racing to the outcome as quickly as possible. It takes discipline to manage this impulse and see that the longer route may represent the best investment for the learner and the future of this behaviour.

Short cuts are attractive; they reinforce our impulsiveness and they can fool us into believing that deep and lifelong learning has happened. Cheerleading a behaviour to happen faster, or for longer, can achieve the objective for now, but inadvertently it will have built the behaviour with critical scaffolding. When that scaffolding is removed, the behaviour collapses. What we thought we taught is not what was learned.

This presentation will look at the process that ensures the foundation skills and behaviours that we teach will be future-proofed and not just available for now. Avoiding prompts and supports that are not part of the future, and ensuring that learning is lifelong, can underpin all future behaviours solidly.

Kay Laurence

Kay Laurence runs a training and education business, Learning About Dogs Ltd. Her business is located in the United Kingdom, in the Cotswolds at the Wagmore Barn Centre, and is focused on excellent training, thinking, and canine enjoyment. In addition to workshops at her own training facility and in the virtual learning environment, Kay holds workshops and seminars across Europe and the United States, teaching a wide range of clicker training skills and encouraging trainers to enjoy the expansive views outside the box.

Living intimately with many dogs over many years, observing their daily interactions, puppy-rearing, and activities, Kay has learned to view our world through their eyes. Dogs demonstrate the art of living skillfully and as a harmonious and connected group. Kay's understanding and skills are shared through her workshops, where consistent, high-quality results with a range of different dogs and people are achieved. With her passion for understanding dogs and her experience in teaching, Kay leads the way developing practical techniques that leave owners with a great sense of personal achievement and connection to their dogs.

Kay is considered one of the world's advanced clicker trainers. With 10 titles published and translated into German, French, and Spanish, her exciting books and videos offer her unique combination of talents. Kay has been a presenter at the twice-annual Karen Pryor Clickertraining's conference ClickerExpo more than 15 times and continues to enjoy exploring new cities in the US as part of the ClickerExpo faculty. A regular presenter at the ORCA "Wicked Minds" Conference at the University of North Texas, she has also been a Presenter at the Australia APDT Conference, Sydney 2011.  Learn more about Kay at her website.