Even the home study and practice sessions required enough mind engagement that Stacy was able to “lose herself” now and then with clicker training. Happily, Stacy’s son is now playing college lacrosse, requiring only once-a-month chemotherapy and looking forward to being considered cancer-free at a two-year mark.
Stacy thinks that the biggest impact KPA has had on her is that it turned her into an information junkie! “I cannot stop reading, watching videos, and taking online courses involving clicker training. I love to watch other people train so I can pick up new skills I can add to my own toolbox.” The importance and value of self-video is another lesson Stacy attributes to KPA. “Now, I video all my training so that I can see exactly what I am doing and see what my learner is seeing.”
Next up for Stacy is the new KPA course Dog Sports Essentials, beginning April 13, 2015. She is looking to apply lessons from this new opportunity to her “wonder dog, Stella.” Stella and Stacy hope to start competing in rally and obedience, something they could not do without clicker training. Stacy is happy to share that at ClickerExpo in Dearborn, MI, “Many people came up to me at ClickerExpo. Some wanted to compliment me on Stella’s appearance. Others, however, wanted to compliment me on her behavior.” What Stacy knew of Stella’s struggles, and successes through clicker training, was unknown to the Expo folks. “Karen Pryor Academy was life-altering—for me, for Stella, and for anyone else we can reach.”