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Bob Bailey Workshop notes 2017 (7)

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Bob Bailey workshop learning - Part 7


QUESTION everything

1. Make it simple. HELP your learner to UNDERSTAND. (It's easy to complicate things. It's much harder to simplify them.)

2. If it doesn't work, you didn't do it right! (For that learner, in that situation, at that time...)

3. His working definition of training: "What do I have? What do I want? Training describes the path from what I have to what I want."

4. Ask the animal, "What can you give me to help get where we want to go?" Ask yourself questions too - keep checking on what's working and what's not.

5. Socratic teaching

*What is the proof your belief is true?

*Are you better off now? In what way?

*What could be an alternative thought?

Question yourself! Question others!

6. In Bob's Socratic classroom, even the word of the teacher is questioned.

* "As a teacher (trainer), how can I be so certain I am right and others are wrong?"

* "As a teacher (trainer), you should be prepared to be wrong, learn from others" (human and animal), "and to change YOUR behavior."

7. "Question your understanding and practice. Are you guilty of poor interpretation or bad practice of good science and technology?"

8. ANYONE can make mistakes.

9. Training fads come and go. Bob has seen about 5 fads!

10. Training should be worthwhile for the trainer AND the animal. How can we make it worthwhile for the animal to play our silly little games?

11. "Training is a mechanical skill. It is what you DO, not what you THINK, that counts."



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