“Clicking” with fellow international students led to even more learning for Gillian. She heard about the challenges, cultures, community, and laws encountered by trainers all over the world, and shared the excitement of clicker training with fellow training geeks, all passionate about training. Gillian claims that her “group members were friends before we arrived and friends for life when we left the USA.” The incredible network of KPA trainer friends (from Ireland, England, Taiwan, Japan, China, the United States, Canada, Australia, Puerto Rico, Singapore, New Zealand, and more) are all individuals dedicated to positive training and to improving the lives of all learners. While Gillian is grateful that her course mates supported each other throughout the program, she also is happy to have shared more casual moments together. “We had many enjoyable adventures ‘out of school hours,’ including exploring Sequim and Seattle, mountain adventures, and outdoor dining.”
Gillian’s business INSPIRE ANIMAL LEARNING (inspiring learning through the effective, humane application of behaviour change science) offers one-to-one training and selected behavior consultations. She also provides a variety of fun workshops designed to empower learners, set up individual caregivers and dogs for success, and enhance the human-animal bond. Gillian travels often and finds that offering a block schedule of classes, when possible, works well for her.
After reading an article by Karen Pryor about the benefits of BOTH clicker and TAGteach exposure, Gillian was also looking forward to developing her TAGteach skills as part of the Dog Trainer program—and then offering those skills to her clients. Post-program, she has found a measurable positive impact on her work. “Having TAGteach in my toolkit has helped me fast track both my learners and myself to success.” Gillian describes TAGteach as empowering and fun, a “powerful and revolutionary technique.” In her work, she enjoys setting up individual learners for success, putting creativity to work, creating a game atmosphere, and building innovative reinforcement plans.
In Long Beach this past January, Gillian attended her second ClickerExpo conference (her second ClickerExpo conference in California, to be exact). She says that once again the conference exceeded her expectations and “was worth every mile traveled.” Gillian’s suggested TAGpoint for anyone thinking of attending the upcoming ClickerExpo in Norfolk, Virginia, would be “book!” According to Gillian, at ClickerExpo there is something for every experience level (caregiver and dog).
Gillian will attend her third ClickerExpo—Europe’s first ClickerExpo, in Lancashire, UK—in October 2014! She is tremendously excited about the event, as she worked to get the conference off the ground.