This book is about the dog-training instructors first job: teaching people. Our human students require much more attention and understanding than do their canines. If we dont inspire their interest and cooperation, they will not be successful inMoreThis book is about the dog-training instructors first job: teaching people.
Our human students require much more attention and understanding than do their canines. If we dont inspire their interest and cooperation, they will not be successful in training their dogs. It offers insights, information, and ideas to help you work more effectively with your human students. It urges you to engage your intelligence and curiosity and courage to try some of these ideas in your own classes and private lessons. It will help you open your mind to new ideas, consider other views, and explore new possibilities in your instructing.
And if you are training your own dog, it will enhance your efforts by suggesting new ways to think about the teaching and learning process.Stephanie Colman of APDT wrote: While it is often said that most dog trainers find themselves in the business of training dogs due to a love of dogs, the most important relationship in a group class setting is that between the human student and the instructor. When that relationship is solid, everyone—especially the dog—will benefit.
Weinberg’s book is about teaching people. As the introduction states, Although we describe ourselves as dog trainers, we know that our human students require much more attention and understanding than do their canines. If we don’t inspire their interest and cooperation, they will not be successful in training their dogs.
Teaching People Teaching Dogs is divided into two sections. Part one addresses the student and offers the reminder that they often arrive to class with a laundry list of preconceived ideas about their dogs and what drives dog behavior. Chapters include, What I want My Students to Learn, Ten Assumptions That Lead Students Astray, and Guiding Students Toward New Beliefs About Their Dogs.The second part starts with Weinberg’s classification of Instructor Types based on the temperament models of psychologist David Keirsey. Explained as the intellectual, the cheerleader, the organizer and the jiggler, this section highlights the importance of maintaining a willingness to reach beyond one’s primary instructor type in an effort to best assist students.
It serves as a friendly reminder that, as instructors, we are often are willing to think outside the box and try new things when it comes to working with dogs, but many of us aren’t always as flexible in our style of dealing with the humans at the other end of the leash.
The book goes on to give useful advice on how to interpret student feedback while avoiding unnecessary emotional baggage that can easily be created by attempting to read between the lines. The chapters on maintaining self-esteem, hints for self-appreciation and preventing burnout do a nice job of reminding the instructor that it’s not only okay, but extremely important to take care of himself throughout the process of helping students with their dogs.
I particularly liked the chapter entitled, The ABCs of Fee-Setting, which does a lovely job highlighting what instructors really get paid for. While I love my job and often joke that I get paid to play with dogs all day, it was good to be reminded that my clients are actually paying for the fact that my attention to their dog extends far beyond the scheduled lesson time. Ever wake up in the middle of the night with a sudden idea about how to help a client? As trainers we bring passion, dedication, experience, flexibility, honesty and much more to the table.
It’s a complex recipe of interpersonal communication and it was nice to be reminded that we deserve to be paid for it. A review of this chapter is no doubt cheaper than an hour with a therapist when my trainer self-esteem is running low!At a short 130 pages, it’s a quick and easy read.