Turn Me On (or Not): Inspiring Others to Choose Positive Reinforcement
Are you critical of traditional training and individuals who continue to defend punishment-based methods of training? Do you want those trainers and training programs to change to positive reinforcement training? Experienced positive reinforcement trainers can feel impatient with organizations or individuals they see as reluctant, or simply very slow, to adopt modern training methods.
Are you new to clicker training and want to learn more about these reward-based techniques? Do you feel overwhelmed with how much there is to learn, and possibly feel judged by others due to your history with traditional methods? Experienced traditional trainers can feel besieged with information and challenged to alter their ingrained habits.
Transforming an experienced trainer's skill set over to a very different training skill set is not an easy journey. Many individuals and programs face the challenges of learning and trusting in a new and different way of training.
This Session will help you understand the process of changing for oneself, for an organization, or for individuals you witness using punishment-based training methods. Michele Pouliot has effectively impacted the entire international guide-dog training world, shifting historical beliefs in successful traditional methods to the adoption of clicker training among a majority of guide- and service-dog programs. Michele has become an expert at motivating and assisting traditional programs and individuals in change. In this Session, she will share what she has learned over her now 17-year journey as a changemaker.
Please note: This Session was recorded in 2017; content presented in 2018 or later may vary slightly.