Since completing the KPA program, John tends to study training far more critically than before. “Learning both from the course and from the amazing teachers within the faculty has encouraged me to really think about behavior’s function, and how we can adapt it to help clients and dogs.” Another post-KPA change that John shares is that he is “much more inclined to look through an operant lens now, rather than a classical one.”
When John is not leading private training classes, he offers presentations in the UK and elsewhere. As aggression and reactivity are the issue John has the most experience with, he speaks to those topics frequently. He points out that, most often, “the dogs are reactive and the clients less so!” John also focuses on human mechanics, in the specifics of clicker training but around how trainers and owners move, hold the lead, and otherwise interact physically with dogs. “These movement/handling presentations have been popular, as the topics are often overlooked,” John says. He credits UK trainer Kay Laurence for launching him on this path—from the very first time he saw her present.