The Courage To Teach Something New

The thing with teaching something new is that it takes COURAGE!

It takes courage to step away from what you know or what you know has worked in the past. It takes courage to know that one day inevitably someone other than you will see the new skill you have taught. And it takes courage to be okay with that and be okay with what others may think….be it the positives or the negatives.

But…if you have the courage to step away from the ‘norm’ and try something new even when the end is unclear and even though you know what you have done in the past would work again and again you will reap rewards so great it will blow your socks off.

About 3 years ago I wanted to teach something I never thought I could do and I started along a path that quite honestly I didn’t know where it would lead…I do now! and the transformation in me and my dog training is almost unrecognisable!….it’s AWESOME!

As always go ahead and leave a comment below the video, we really enjoy reading them all!

  • Anna Lawrie

    I can 100% relate to this.
    Not just training a behaviour in a new way but changing my entire training ethos in a world that didn’t support it. I took a decision to do that about 8 years ago. I knew in my heart it was the way forward and along the way I questioned myself if I’d made the right decision. As time goes on I get confirmation (from results) that I most definitely made the right choice. Yes it does feel uncomfortable at times but now I love trying new things, I love the learning process.
    I love my training journey and know I’ll always be on that journey.

  • Zoey Trenkle

    I have decided to apply for a job that would be a dream job but would make me uncomfortable, at least at first, because it would be a big step. I have been holding off on preparing for interview questions because I wanted to see if I would be selected as a candidate for an interview. I’ve just been waiting. So today, I am going to prepare for my interview as if I’ve been selected!

  • Ann McGloon

    This made me smile! I embraced my training philosophy with my current pup, who is now almost 3. He is a SAR dog and many still in the business use compulsion and corrections to teach but I knew there was a better way to get more reliable behaviours and have that relationship with my dog that is so needed for this work; and with each trail we run I feel happy that I had the courage to stick to my beliefs. It has been such an amazing journey – and I can’t wait to see where the road takes us.

  • Dawn Cooper

    You probably know me well enough Lauren to know that I regularly feel uncomfortable with my ability as a dog trainer, so it’s good to have this video recognising that it’s a normal reaction. I constantly tell myself that I’m not as good as other dog handlers and I know this negative attitude actually MAKES me a less capable dog handler/trainer…it’s a vicious circle 🙁 I’m starting to try running contacts and blind crosses and feel really stupid when I get it wrong and question if I’m even understanding what I’m supposed to be doing but feel uncomfortable asking for clarification as, in my mind, everyone else obviously know duh!!

  • Sally Mackenzie

    I’ve been learning some European handling moves recently and practising these moves….Ketchups (as I call them) etc l’ve always been quite reluctant to take my eyes off my dog, so blind turns etc are uncomfortable. I can dare to in practice, but daring in competition is another matter….as you say in the public arena it can feel very intense. I have been so pleased when I have done a blind and a Ketchup because my young boy has gone from grade 3 to 5 very quickly and I think it could well be down to these new moves. I don’t want to move up again for a while as I think it might be too big a step for my young boy…. so now I feel I can do more experimenting in competition. My latest trainer gives me confidence and is always positive…. I think this has definitely made a huge difference and a much needed change….sometimes others can help or hinder courage…I’ve certainly found this to be so in my training journey.

  • Nikki

    You have just seize the opportunity Zoey! Anyone would be lucky to have you. We never grow unless pushed out of our comfort zone. I basically did the same sort of thing last year. It was a move from a job where I was well respected and my service was valued to a unknown with an Agency I had never worked for in a job I had never done. After the initial shock, I am so glad I made the leap. More time for my dogs and my family! And the world didn’t stop turning!

  • Zoey Trenkle

    Thanks, Nikki! I hope 2015 is a year for great leaps for both of us!

  • Erika Rozsa Atkinson

    If you are not uncomfortable, you are not growing and learning. Dog training , people training is about personal growth.

  • Christine

    I have just started teaching the handling 360 with my 9 year old. It’s taken a lot to get a handle on, trying something new. But it’s working well I’ve found that she is doing better on courses. So 2 old dogs essentially have had the courage to try something new and it’s working. It still takes courage from me to get the handling right