Two important skills for you to develop as a professional animal trainer are 1) giving & receiving feedback & 2) self evaluation. Consequently here are 3 pieces of content from the ATA library to help build on you knowledge and skill-set in this area.
1) From Dr. Robert Hewings (Four three feedback)
The first piece of content comes from a LIVE ATA members only web-class that we did recently called ‘A humanistic learning approach to canine training’ and was presented by Dr. Robert Hewings. Here is a 5 minute extract from this web-class talking about an alternative to the traditional “feedback sandwich.’
To view this web-class in it’s entirety you can register for your exclusive $1 ATA trial membership here >>> https://www.animaltrainingacademy.com/2019-membership-trial/
2) From Arianna Bailey (The art & skill of learning as humans in the animal field)
The second piece of content is a podcast episode we recorded last year with the amazing Arianna Bailey (Natural Encounters, Inc. USA). In this podcast episode Arianna and I talk about an article she wrote called ‘The art & skill of learning as humans in the animal field’ (Listen in at around 27:27).
- LISTEN – (link to article found here as well) >>> http://bit.ly/Arianna-Bailey
Arianna’s article includes a list of – 10 amazing tips when giving, getting and applying feedback – (written by Dr. Susan Friedman).
3) From Sarah Owings (brave learning)
Sarah talks about focusing on specific observable behaviors that we & our learners have done well & consequently what we want to see more of in the future. Then to build on this considering ONE small possible criteria/approximation change for our next training session.
- Specific observable behavior that you (or the person you are giving feedback to) did well
- Specific observable behaviors that the animal/learner did well
- A possible approximation to build on you & your learners awesomeness for next time.
For ATA premium members see a blog post Sarah wrote on this topic in the ATA members only FB group here >>> https://www.facebook.com/groups/ATAengage/permalink/457105088109372/
What about you? What have you found works well for you and your learners when giving/receiving feedback & when self evaluating? We would love to hear from you – please leave your comments, thoughts, feeling and questions below!