Throughout her enrollment in the KPA Dog Trainer program, Bev was challenged by the need to think about what she really wanted to train, and the desire to make that training fun!
Having taught Foundation course for three years now, Bev really enjoys the relationships between the people she teaches and their dogs. She also enjoys the variety of learners who come to her. Her joy is communicating to the human learner how to build a better relationship with the canine learner, and then seeing amazement when the dogs understand the communication. Bev’s favorite lesson is shaping the “down” behavior on a mat without talking or gestures, but with only a click and treat.
When asked, “Is clicker training a method or a philosophy?” Bev answers that it is a choice. “I choose to train force-free. I use a clicker because it works, it is proven to work, and it is supported by science.” She also believes that “training dogs and people should be positive for both learners. When you teach people, it is important to give feedback when they do something right, too!”
In a recent blog, Bev continues her support of positive training. Explaining that clicker training is not “pushing cookies and never ever saying no,” Bev says that there are many half-truths out there, incomplete knowledge that gives owners and learners incorrect information. A substantial amount of information about modern dog training is available, and Bev’s wish is that people explore that information. Bev urges owners to make decisions based on knowledge and fact, without defaulting to doing something since “it has always been done this way!”
Her experience at KPA not only improved Bev’s dog training skills, but jump-started her writing habit and blog contributions as well.