She has found thateven five minutes of clicker training a day can teach a dog that behavior can have a positive consequence. This lesson, according to Juliana, “can have an enormous impact on dogs’ mental well-being.”
Outside of her professional life, Juliana can also see the impact of her KPA exposure. “One of the most life-changing parts of becoming a good clicker trainer is the way it has led me to interact with people.” She focuses on the good, phrases instructions or critiques in a positive way, is clear setting criteria, and studies how she can change her teaching to help a learner be more successful. “What a difference that has made for my people skills! Interacting with my colleagues at the shelter, or my Dog Latin clients, or even within my own personal relationships, my clicker skills have made me a much better communicator.”
Juliana completed (and endorses!) KPA’s Puppy Start Right for Instructorscourse before she enrolled in the DTP program. Although she has not completed the KPA Shelter Training & Enrichmentcourse, shelter colleagues have been through the course and shared the positive experience. A repeat guest on The Pet Show with Dr. Katy(broadcast on News Channel 8 from Washington, DC), Juliana has used that media exposure as another means to support positive training. Watch Juliana’s most recent appearanceon Dr. Katy, or watch an appearance with Dr. Katy from last year that talks specifically about clicker training (start at approximately 8:10).
Looking to her future, Juliana plans to continue her work improving the human-canine bond. “That is what clicker training is all about.” Her goal is for society to realize that “you can build a bond with your dog, teach the dog how to be well-behaved, and have fun—all using positive reinforcement!” With that realization, Juliana hopes for a dog-training culture “that no longer believes in the use of force or fear, but instead promotes respect, kindness, and science working with our dogs.”