Alex goes back to the value of establishing two-way communications when he discusses how KPA has influenced his non-professional life. “Clicker training is about awareness, patience, understanding, and clearly identifying learnable moments,” he says. “This understanding has helped me in many aspects of life, including my relationship with other humans.” Teaching others about communication and watching their development is Alex’s purpose in life. He says that he believes other CTPs feel the same way. “Positive-reinforcement training has offered me insight into animal training, opportunities to re-examine myself, and a chance to view the world with new eyes.”
Alex is helping others look at the world with new, positive eyes with his translation of the KPA Foundations courses to Korean. “When I first started in the world of animal training, it was difficult to find science-based resources and education materials in the Korean language. I have been fortunate to have some wonderful educational opportunities living in the United States.” Alex reports that Korea is experiencing an animal training cultural rebirth. “I hope that the KPA Foundations courses that are now available in Korean will be a good start to the changes I know will happen in Korea.”
Alex looks for new opportunities and perspectives for himself, too. In addition to the KPA DTP program, he has completed CCPDT, APDT, and PSI certifications and programs. Alex explains, “I am an avid reader and I think books are the main source of my depth. When I read good books or articles, I am able to remember their important contents by translating the material into the Korean language.” Books, and others with experience, help Alex learn and widen his perspective.
Right now, Alex is focused on sharing as much as possible about clicker training and positive reinforcement with the Korean public. He wrote an animal training book in 2020 (available only in Korean!) and is gratified by feedback from readers who have said the book was helpful to them in their lives with dogs. Alex and his wife, a physician who specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry, often talk about how their work overlaps. Alex says that they discuss ways “to integrate animal and child behavioral therapy. There could be some interesting developments in the near future,” hints Alex.