With the lessons she learned from the KPA Dog Trainer Program, Tammy has a new awareness when she works with her own dogs or with clients and their dogs. She recognizes the impact of emotional state on training and has many adjustments and suggestions that improve the odds of successful training. Persevering through the training challenges she and Marty encountered boosted Tammy’s confidence in her own skills as a trainer. She feels better prepared with tools and insight to help more clients.
Since graduation from the KPA Dog Trainer Program, Tammy has felt warmly welcomed into the KPA community and no longer feels so isolated by geography. In the past, when she was confronted with a difficult situation personally or professionally, Tammy had the impulse to rename her training business “Beacon in the Wilderness,” since positive training techniques seemed to be less common in her area. Now Tammy shares her ideas and seeks suggestions from a reliable and like-minded group of trainers and teachers through the KPA and PSR (Puppy Start Right) Yahoo groups.
Since the KPA DTP, Tammy has revisited her approach to her training business and to its service format. With help from the CTP Resource Center, particularly from the KPA beginner modular curriculum that is supplied, she has changed her pricing structure to a membership format. This new style puts the client in control of the ultimate cost of instruction, and encourages more participation from clients seeking maximum value and scheduling flexibility.
Tammy uses the Puppy Start Right (PSR) curriculum. Like the KPA beginner curriculum, the PSR curriculum is modular, so it fits in with the rest of her modular offerings. Tammy offers PSR to families with puppies (in a group setting) and with slightly older dogs (in a private setting), considering PSR concepts as life skills.
As she continues to share the benefits of clicker training with clients and their dogs, Tammy also shares her expertise with others. She seeks out opportunities to increase awareness among local veterinarians, particularly veterinary students. Tammy knows that “…seeing clicker training in action is entertaining for people. For those with a particular interest in animals or training or behavior, it is also thought-provoking, engaging, and even magical.” Tammy has found that the surest way to engage an audience is to show clicker training in action! It’s the ideal way to open any conversation about training and behavior.
Currently, Tammy is participating in an online TAGteach course—for the second time. Her goals this time are to improve her skills and understanding even further, and to become certified to spread the lessons of another form of positive teaching and learning.