“Remember back in school- some of your teachers made learning very easy while others made learning a chore. You managed to get a grasp of the material no matter what but when the teacher put some thought into how to teach, it made learning so much easier. That’s what you ought to be doing with your dog: making learning as easy and enjoyable as possible.” - Pamela J Reid, Ph.D. 🐾
I think we all had some teachers who made our lives miserable and others who kept learning fun. I totally had some teachers who forced me to stay up all night trying to figure something out, usually ending in tears of frustration and defeat. I was getting the answers just because I had to. 🐾
I had to take grade 12 chemistry twice. The first time I managed to grasp the concepts enough to barely pass the class, I dreaded the class and hated every minute of it. The second time around I had a different teacher, and he presented the same information in a way that totally made sense to me. He broke the concepts down little by little and made sure his students understood it not just so they could pass a test, but really understand it in its entirety. I remember going through problems with the elated feeling of “yes! I know this! Throw me another question.” To have the same information taught in such contrasting ways really shows what a difference teaching methods can make.(and I did pass that class the second time with flying colours). 🐾
When I work with my dogs I also want them to be excited and motivated to learn. I love when they grasp a concept and are rewarded for it, and they radiate “yes! I got it! Try me again!” Sure, aversive training methods work well enough that the dog can pass the test, but they dread school and I’m sure would have tears of frustration and defeat if they could. The teacher analogy is a great one to use next time you encounter someone using aversive methods with their dogs.