|Barked: Sun Jul 1, '12 8:05am PST |
|Well, I think there is a value in looking at it from Toto's view, Mozart has said several times that she wants to be a dog trainer, and I know she's young, so it's a good life lesson to realize that it's not going to do you any good as a future professional dog trainer to get mad at your clients, but realize people need to be educated as to what's required and motivated. Just like with the dogs you're training assume they just don't know any better yet and not that they are "bad people, bad dogs" . . . . .
Some people really will never get it and those people *maybe* you'll have to at some point move on from, BUT if you take the attitude right off the bat that some people are lazy idiots who can't be motivated (and not saying that's *exactly* what OP is doing here) how is that any better an approach to training people than it is to training dogs? Imagine if you took your dog to class and the instructor said "sorry, your dog is an exceptionally unmotivated, stupid dog, there's nothing we can do . . ."
Sometimes that's showing them how easy it is to begin training once you know a few methods--there was nothing more exciting when I first got my dog and took her to class than finding out *I* could get her to do some things!
And I've been humbled time and again in class seeing a fumbling awkward frustrated team, (secretly thinking smugly in my corner, "oh Gus, we've got this, that poor guy, he just doesn't get it") . . . and by the last class after patient redirection and encouragement from the instructor they have made so much improvement! And those people keep coming back for more classes because they are improving and having such fun.
Being a dog trainer is First and Foremost being an inspiring PEOPLE trainer -- so many people can train dogs to a decent degree-- it takes good people skills to be a successful professional dog trainer. You have to be a cheerleader for people, not a naysayer.
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