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The Big Chill: Better Learning Through Calm Classes

Do you dream of classes where dogs are chill, students are on task, and you feel calm and in control? Want to see your students and their dogs shine brighter both in your classroom and in their lives outside it? Then this Session is a can’t-miss for at least three reasons. First, Veronica will share effective tips and strategies for handling all manner of “difficult” students. Learn how to quell side chatter and student storytelling gently, handle off-topic questions gracefully, motivate students to stay on task during practice time, and address inappropriate comments or interactions with dogs positively. Second, you’ll learn a 4-step process for teaching students to make independent criteria adjustments and problem-solve new situations on their own so they can rock life with their dogs out in the real world. Third, if you’re teaching levels, modular, or open-enrollment-style courses that feel more like a harried collection of mini-privates than a cohesive group-learning experience, you’ll be given the key to teaching dogs and people at varied skill and experience levels together successfully. The result? A calm, enjoyable, effective learning environment for all—yourself included!

Veronica Boutelle

Veronica is the founder of dogbiz. She is the author of How to Run a Dog Business: Putting Your Career Where Your Heart Is and the co-author of Minding Your Dog Business: A Practical Guide to Business Success for Dog Professionals. She writes standing business columns for the Pet Professional Guild BARKS from the Guild and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers’ Chronicle of the Dog. Veronica is a sought-after speaker at conferences and dog-training schools across the country and internationally. She is the former Director of Behavior & Training at the San Francisco SPCA.