Laura actively seeks out aggressive puppies to determine what can be done to help them, an outreach that is very quickly turning into “the non-profit arm of WOOFS!” She is finding that when puppies that bite, for example, are treated in a more “clickerly” manner and taught, rather than challenged and reprimanded, their behavior significantly improves. Laura’s hope is that the odds for adoption for many of these puppies will be increased through her training. While the program is ongoing, “…completely removing any sort of aversive behavior toward them seems to be helping the puppies.”
TAGteach-certified, and scheduled to speak at a Session called Shh! Tagging, Targeting & Tranquil Training at ClickerExpo 2014 in Norfolk, VA, Laura has been trying to use more TAGteaching in her personal interactions. She is proud of figuring out tandem kayaking with her significant other (TAGteaching saved the day!), and of helping other loved ones with individual struggles. Laura says, “The real-life power is amazing. However, it’s still where I need the most practice. With people, you could say that I'm still crossing over.”
Laura is looking for TAGteach to explode. She can envision so much value from TAGteach parenting classes, relationship classes, boss classes, teacher classes, and so on. “Talking about other animal species or just the human animal, improved communication is what can make a difference.”
For several years Laura has been a ClickerExpo attendee. Last year she delivered a “short” presentation. She claims that she is having a hard time believing she will be a full speaker this year. (In addition to her Shh! Tagging, Targeting & Tranquil Training Session, Laura will lead another Session, this one entitled Give Pups a Chance: Working with Aggressive Puppies.) “There is nothing I like more than sitting around and talking dog, but I have always considered the pet-dog owner my audience. Having enough to say that other trainers will find valuable makes my stomach hurt!” Laura admits.
Laura would definitely be interested in continuing to advance her skills through more KPA courses, despite (maybe because of?) the challenges she overcame in the Dog Trainer Professional Program. In the meantime, she is working on her nerves for ClickerExpo, aiding more and more owners of socially-challenged puppies, encouraging clients to work with their dogs beyond basic obedience, perhaps into agility, and exploring parrot training, her new interest. “I would love to get more involved in using clickers to help parrot owners.”