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Reflections on 2023




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"As a trainer, no matter what you're doing with your training or where you are, what level you are, how advanced you are, how new you are, whatever, it should always be about growth because if you're not growing, you're stagnating.”


In this episode of K9 Detection Collaborative, we’re treated to the return of all three of the Dames of Detection - Robin Greubel, Stacy Barnett, and Crystal Wing!


They reflect on a year of personal growth, both in life and in the realm of dog training, unpacking the struggles and triumphs of asking for help and delegating tasks. They weave these personal anecdotes into a broader discussion on dog training, emphasizing the goal of behavior training over the specifics of methodology, and the adaptability required of a trainer. Listen in as they candidly explore what it means to be a positive reinforcement trainer in the bite sports world, navigating skepticism and shifting perceptions of what's achievable.


Our hosts celebrate the joys of dog training, but also the realities of imposter syndrome and the delicate balance between personal criticism and external feedback. They highlight the inventive work of fellow trainers and the importance of tinkering with training techniques. The essence of this chat is the shared journey of growth and the power of community support, as we all navigate the ebbs and flows of not only honing our craft, but life itself!



Key Topics:

  • Personal Growth and Training in the Canine Detection Industry (0:02:12)

  • Balancing Training Methods and Ethics in Dog Sports (0:07:00)

  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome and Building Confidence in Dog Training (0:11:20)

  • Dog Training, Mistakes, and Self-Compassion (0:16:17)

  • Physical Fitness and Rehabilitation for Humans and Dogs (0:22:55)

  • Dog Training and Search and Rescue (0:32:40)

  • Safety and Emergency Situations (0:37:15)

  • Grief and Mental Management in Dog Training (0:41:20)

  • Focusing on Positivity and Sharing Appreciation (0:46:28)

  • Looking Forward to 2024 and Beyond! (0:53:06)



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