One thing that I have learned since I started training is that I have much, much more to learn. I suspect it will always be this way. I will never know all there is to know about dog behavior unless I am someday miraculously transformed into a dog. (In which case, I hope to belong to a clicker trainer!)
That said, I feel very blessed to have a network of hundreds of colleagues within the profession. They all have different skills, techniques, areas of specialty. They all have valuable information that they are willing to share with those who will open their eyes, ears, or mind and listen. They’re not all clicker trainers. Some use techniques I am not comfortable using. Others use techniques I am not familiar enough to use with competency.
Regardless, I can and do endeavor to learn from them, as often and as much as I possibly can. It’s as important to me that I understand why I choose not to use certain tools as it is for me to understand how and why I choose to use others. I want to understand all the tools of the trade and their appropriate use so I can make wise decisions on behalf of my own dogs and those of my clients’. Any tool has both correct and incorrect applications. I want to learn about the correct application of each tool, whether or not I add that tool to my training toolbox. I can only learn these things from the people who specialize in using each of these tools, techniques, or methods appropriately.
Luckily for you, dogster readers, you’ll be able to learn from some of these wonderful trainers as well here on the Dogster Guide to Behavior & Training. I have invited a number of my favorite colleagues to join us here on the dogster blog as guest bloggers. Over the course of the coming weeks and months, you will learn from dozens of trainers on a variety of different topics.
Because I am always looking for ways to better meet the needs, goals, and training concerns of my readership, I am endeavoring to broaden the scope of material covered on the blog here. While I have given our guest bloggers suggested topics, they are free to select their own topics. Some may appreciate some inspiration from our dogster audience so today I ask you for assistance…what would you like to learn more about? What are your most pressing training challenges?
I encourage you to reply in the comments. While I cannot guarantee a blog entry customized to each of the 500,000+ Dogster members’ training goals and needs, your comments may be the inspiration needed for a great blog entry which will not only help you and your dog but other readers on the Dogster blog as well.
So chime in – what do you want to learn more about?