Passport to Joyful Training
Positive reinforcement training is fun for both the learner and the teacher. Clicker training can surely be considered “Joyful Training.”
To be an excellent trainer requires intense concentration and includes many disappointing training moments along the way. Frustration is a part of any trainer's experience, whether it be directed at his/her own mistakes or at the learners’ mistakes. Sometimes frustrations can result in losing some of the joy in the work we do.
In this relaxing, light presentation, Michele Pouliot will review how trainers can continue to appreciate and preserve joyful moments while working with learners (both animals and human). Through video clips and storytelling, this presentation is meant to feel familiar and bring a smile to your face.
Finding the joy can be challenging at times. As an example, training working-dog responses that are crucial to a person's safety (even survival) can be stressful when training doesn’t progress as planned. Those errors must be taken seriously, while other mistakes or “learner antics” provide regular opportunities for laughter and appreciation of individual learners.
Preserving “Joyful Training” makes someone a better trainer and teacher. Reminding ourselves that we still have access to the original joy experienced in the first clicker training “light-bulb moments” is a healthy part of the training process. Let this lighthearted presentation place a stamp in your joy passport.