I was thrilled to join as a speaker at this fantastic animal behavior and training conference. This was held in Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA. It was 22 years ago when I arrived for the first time in Hot Springs to meet Bob and Marian Bailey. We trained with chickens in their living room; they taught me to understand and use operant conditioning. And this first encounter evolved into a close friendship.
Before Marian passed away, I promised to spread the word about their fantastic work. I would do anything within my power to create a ripple in the K9 world. I empowered other trainers and improved training techniques to get better, faster, and stronger behavior. To work more efficiently and effectively. To redefine the meaning and concept of ‘punishment’ and highlight the power of positive reinforcement. Because any trainer can get any behavior, in any circumstances, if he is given enough time, I’m never accepting good enough because we can do so much more. This conference was excellent. I was honored to share the stage with other amazing speakers like Susan Garrett, Viviana Theby, Margaret Simek, Shelly Wood, and my guru Bob Bailey. This conference ‘Bob Bailey and friends’ was the best I ever experienced. It was also a moment in history when Bob Bailey officially announced to step back as an active coach, surrounded by his friends in the famous orca shirts. For me, a week full of revelations and setting new goals.
Starting my business ACT! in 2018 was exciting and challenging. In just one year, ACT! expanded enormously and is active globally in many different countries. We teach animal trainers the basics of operant conditioning, evaluate training programs, helping set up data systems to be more effective and efficient. And designing, together with local trainers, the best possible protocols for their work. ACT! is creating a significant shift in the dog training industry with a heavy emphasis on human empowerment, education, and, of course, animal training. We are already scheduling workshops for the year 2020! Please follow us on our FB page or website to stay updated on our events and happenings. For all of you, do what you love the most and keep growing by stepping out of your comfort zone!
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