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In this episode, we are joined by the amazing Emily Strong of First Train Home and From Beaks To Barks! Emily is a great dog and people trainer! In this episode, we discuss why mechanics matter and the top 4 training exercises Emily uses in her private with clients and when training new animal shelter staff/volunteers. These exercises help people train their dogs more efficiently!
Develop an Efficient Explanation Process
Know what you want the learner to focus on and make that explanation short, direct and easy to digest!
Use Verbal Reinforcement
Note the moment your learner gets the response correctly using short, concise feedback so they can receive the verbal reinforcement while also paying attention to their task.
Choosing Incompatible Behaviors
Instead of paying attention to what you don’t want your learner to do, chose a skill that you do want want them to engage in.
Use Analogies that Stick
Develop learning opportunities that make sense to your audience. Provide ways for them to experience the concepts you are teaching.
Kayla grew up in northern Wisconsin and studied ecology and animal behavior at Colorado College. She founded Journey Dog Training in 2013 to provide high-quality and affordable dog behavior advice. She’s an avid adventurer and has driven much of the Pan-American Highway with her border collie Barley. She now travels the US in a 2006 Sprinter with her two border collies, Barley and Niffler. Aside from running Journey Dog Training, Kayla also runs the nonprofit K9 Conservationists, where she and the dogs work as conservation detection dog teams.