Irith knew that the KPA course would be a quality program, based on Chris Waggoner’s praise and based on her own familiarity with Karen Pryor and her work. According to Irith, “Karen would never put her name on anything that was less than excellent.” Irith, who has trained chickens, rabbits, cats, fish, and horses, was also intrigued by the Dog Trainer Professional Program requirement to work with other species.
As she began the KPA Dog Trainer Professional Program, Irith was excited to improve her skills as a trainer. Having trained dogs since the 1980s, Irith now owns and runs The Sophisticated Dog. Her business offers personalized in-home pet training for clients on the Westside of Los Angeles.
For Irith, one of the most intriguing and enlightening lessons of the KPA course was TAGteaching. She says, “TAGteach has changed my life.” Not only with clients, but in all of her interpersonal interactions, Irith deals with people differently now. Finding and reinforcing desired behavior in human learners, as she learned to do so well under the tutelage of her KPA instructor Nan Arthur, yields major rewards and success for Irith professionally and personally. “My human-human skills were transformed by the KPA program,” Irith emphasizes. Since her graduation from the KPA Dog Trainer Professional Program, Irith has become certified in TAGteach.
Irith sees many other benefits that flow directly from her participation in and certification from the KPA program. Clients specifically interested in clicker training find her through the KPA website’s Find-A-Trainer page. With the confidence of a KPA graduate, Irith has the poise and assurance to go out and sell her services without any hesitation. She knows she is offering an excellent product. The marketing lessons included in the Dog Trainer Program have helped Irith as well.
Irith continues to learn, and looks forward to sharing some of what she has learned at the upcoming ClickerExpo conferences. At ClickerExpo in 2014, Irith will discuss the power of choice. She describes the power of choice this way: