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Train the Trainer - Thursdays @ 6:30 pm

  • 13 Jan 2022
  • 14 Apr 2022
  • 8 sessions
  • 13 Jan 2022, 6:30 PM 7:30 PM (EST)
  • 20 Jan 2022, 6:30 PM 7:30 PM (EST)
  • 10 Feb 2022, 6:30 PM 7:30 PM (EST)
  • 17 Feb 2022, 6:30 PM 7:30 PM (EST)
  • 10 Mar 2022, 6:30 PM 7:30 PM (EST)
  • 17 Mar 2022, 6:30 PM 7:30 PM (EDT)
  • 24 Mar 2022, 6:30 PM 7:30 PM (EDT)
  • 14 Apr 2022, 6:30 PM 7:30 PM (EDT)
  • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
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Train the Trainer

This course is designed to give those attending the depth of knowledge of methods to teach canine behaviors, their application to the GCOC public classes, and classroom management strategies so that after completion, "graduates" will be capable of teaching our Puppy, Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced classes.  

There will be 8 Content sessions and will cover the following topics.

Session 1-- January 13 -- Engagement -- Taught by Courtney Hofacre and Bailey Howe

Session 2-- January 20 --  Training Methods and Application to GCOC classes -- Capturing, Luring, Impulse Control -- taught by Peggy Langdon

Session 3-- February 10 -- Training Methods Classroom Application to GCOC classes -- Targeting, Shaping, and Pattern Games -- Taught by Nicole Tate

Session 4-- February 17 -- Setting up for Success and Application to GCOC Classes -- Criteria, Planning your session, Errorless learning. Taught by Mary McEntire

Session 5 - March 10 --  Reinforcement Strategies And Application to GCOC Classes-- Mechanics, Rate of Reinforcement, Timing, Training loops, Reward Placement Strategies -- Taught by Robbie Black

Session 6 -- March 17 -- Understanding Dog Behavior -- Taught by Jenna Pellerito

Session 7 -- March 24 -- Classroom Management Strategies -- Taught by Gayle Mitchiner and Renee Graham

Session 8 -- April 14 -- GCOC Curriculums, Practice Teaching logistics, and Instructor Incentives

A Practice Teaching experience is also being developed.  Some exercises and assignments will run concurrently with the 8 content sessions, and some will be completed over the summer and into the fall.  Prospective teachers will move ahead at pace designed to build confidence and readiness and will include a development of short skill lessons, observation of several current classes, assisting with a class and teaching 2 evenings of the session with guidance, some private sessions offered to members, one 6 week class as the primary instructor with an experienced mentor as your assistant, and finally, teaching a class as the primary instructor.  At no time will anyone be "thrown into the deep end" and expected to teach.  At the same time, those people completing this class will be expected to make a commitment to teach at least 2 of our future public classes.

There will be a revised instructor incentive policy that will be presented to the club, discussed, modified, and hopefully, accepted.  It is being designed as an ongoing continuing education program subsidized by the club.  I anticipate an updated approved policy by the time our "graduates" start teaching.

Although we anticipate no more than 15 in person attendees,( And even that number depends on Covid protocols) all sessions will be recorded and available online.  We hope to reach more current and prospective teachers with these classes.  Our Rally instructors, Tricks instructors, Agility Instructors, and others who teach mostly member classes, will have access to the recorded sessions.

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