Control Is An Illusion: Rethinking How We Teach for “Impulse Control”
What do we really mean when we talk about impulse control?
100% recommend this course!! - I took Trainer's Toolbox as a premium student with my cat, Percy. (We already had some prior clicker-training experience and audited the Attention Please course a couple of months before this). I can’t overstate how very informative and helpful this whole course and Agnieszka’s personal feedback were. I’m extremely grateful for all the support she provided for each challenge that we faced during this course. It has truly made a huge positive impact on our training and definitely set us up for success in the next steps of our learning process. I really look forward to taking more classes with Agnieszka in the future!
I took this course as a Premium student with my cat (with prior permission from Jessica), and I highly recommend it! We really enjoyed trying out and working on as many of the suggested exercises as we could in the six weeks, and we'll definitely continue to work on them and try out more in the future. I found Jessica’s feedback very helpful, and I’m grateful that she welcomed my feline student into her class and was so happy to work with us!
This is a fantastic course on co-operative care. I learned so much and got some new inspiration for my dog. The videos are great and the information is presented in easy to follow steps.
This puppy kindergarten course is a nice one for trainers as well ! As a young trainer, I decided to take this class to enlarge my toolbox with puppies and take inspiration from some lessons. The class is so well constructed, and even if it's a label, I found Anna radiant in her videos with her big smile ! (And I also loved her dog-patterned rain coat but maybe this comment is off topic ! :D)
This course changed my thinking on a lot of things, including past advice I'd gotten from other R+ trainers. It made me much more aware of the way I interact with my dog, even when we're not training. Some of the big takeaways for me were: eating is an operant behavior, to watch out for extinction, and to let my dog say "no" to training sessions rather than working harder and harder for his attention. However, my dog is a bit unusual when it comes to food reinforcers, and we're still at square 1 with focus when we go outside. It's going to take a while to see this class pay off during our walks and outings, but I'm hopeful. Agnieszka was very patient with us and helped tailor the class to where we were.
Working with a different species can be somewhat daunting but this course has given me the confidence, insight and direction I needed moving forward with training my cat.
J.R. Included so much content in the course, breaking behaviour down into bite sized achievable pieces. Inspiring training videos and amazing feedback in the Facebook group make this course truly awesome.
I look forward to more courses and learning with J.R. Henderson in the future.
I audited “Attention Please” with my cat Percy as our first-ever Tromplo course, and we loved it! Both Percy and I really enjoyed following along with the exercises on our own, while I also learned a lot from the individual feedback that the premium students received. I’ve been doing clicker training and R+ with Percy for a while already, but this course really helped to significantly improve our foundations, which in turn improved all our training. Even though the target audience of this course seems to be predominantly dogs (/dog-parents), I can wholeheartedly recommend this course for cats (/cat-parents) too, regardless of prior R+ training experience!
Getting a puppy is exciting and overwhelming. Anna does an wonderful job breaking out basic behaviors, things to build on later and things to help survive puppyhood with your sanity mostly intact. It’s the sexy life skills that I appreciate the most and helping set up ways for the puppy and parent to be eager to learn together successfully. “Learning to settle” for the win! It’s a way for the puppy to see a way to reinforcement and an opportunity for me to catch my breath and be ready for the next round.
Thank you Anna for setting up a thorough yet manageable lesson plan and feedback on places to tweak or explore. Much like providing some structure for a puppy, having the guidelines gave me helpful and predictive structure as well.
Wow, this class went by way too fast! J.R.Henderson has packed so much information and training ideas into this course that it is going to keep me busy for a few more months!!
Even though I haven't worked on some of the lessons yet, I totally enjoyed watching the training videos. I really learned a lot from watching J.R.'s technique and especially the pace and rhythm of the training. The chin target behavior with his cat is amazing!
It was a delight being part of this great group of humans and their cats. In this 6 weeks I did more cat training than I have ever done in all my years of living with cats. It was really fun to try the new behaviors. I'll definitely be continuing to work with all my cats and hope to share more videos of them in the future!
This course was more than I could have hoped for, it is packed with both practical and theoretical knowledge. Agnieszka is an excellent teacher and I am particularly impressed by her errorless way of teaching which makes everything so easy to understand. Trainer's toolbox really is a toolbox with tools that will help you as a trainer. I think the lesson where we practiced our skills as clicker trainer where brilliant so easy to follow and they made a world of difference in my training. I highly recommend this course.
This course has helped me understand different levels of reactivity my dog has that can be caused by a certain trigger, and the different management / training skills to apply in those circumstances. Linlin really takes the time to ensure her students make progress during the course and provides valuable feedback on videos and questions shared throughout. Super happy with the results in my dog! It's been a real transformation after 6 short weeks.
This course is absolutely awesome and I had a great learning experience. Former question marks has been answered and it helped me understand some of the geekier details of foundation training. It is an in-depth foundation course and Agnieszka is a very good teacher who makes the material easily accessible and creates a safe place to learn. I highly recommend tis course.
Everyone will agree that attention is one of the most important components in a communication channel between two individuals, irrespective of species, or task. Funnily enough, it is also the skill that we tend to gloss over, because there are so many other *shiny* things that seem more important to work on. I think a big reason for this is that the concept of attention has a certain je ne sais quois, and it is hard/intimidating to motivate yourself to work towards a vague goal.
What I loved about this class how is thoughtfully Agnieszka has planned it, starting with helping you define exactly what "attention" means for your individual goals and then outline skills that can serve as building blocks to get to your definition of attention. There is a wonderful balance of these exercises and cleverly inserted theories of learning that help you make better choices for your team in terms of planning for efficiency, clarity and setting up for success. You have the option to go as deep or wide with your skills, and her excellent and pointed feedback helped me iron out some wrinkles that I was struggling with for a while, or did not even realize I would hit :) My newly adolescent dog loved going everywhere and trying the basic exercises, and by starting with this simple ask of attention and nothing else, training has started becoming something he looks forward to! Im really glad I took this class with him, and think it is a fantastic place to spend some time with your team mate, irrespective of where you are in your training journey.
I wish I had found this course a year ago, but I am so happy I found it now! This course is amazing and has literally been life changing for my dog and I! For the first time I not only feel hope, but confident that I will be able to groom my dog and that she will want to participate. I have learned so much in this past 6 weeks and I have so many things I can work on with my dog. All of the training plans and videos Iris provided throughout the course have been very easy to understand and follow along to. I love training with my dog and I love to see that she is enjoying the process as well. She has never been this calm during any kind of grooming before and now she will lay down in her relaxed position and let me brush her, even her belly! She has NEVER done this before. We are making great strides and it is thanks to this course! I highly recommend it and I think it's a skill set any dog owner should have. If there is a next level to this course I will definitely sign up for it. Thank you so much Iris and Tromplo!
This course is really important for me. I thought I was doing many things correctly but I discovered I wasn’t. The most important things I learned are how to describe the behavior I want to teach (we never do this. How can we teach a behavior if we don’t have in mind how it looks like? How can our dog learn it?), analyze it and divide it into small pieces. And this is really the key to shape behaviors. I really learned how to set my dog up to success. Agnieszka is an amazing teacher, her lessons are clear and so useful. I highly recommend this course even if you think you are a great trainer!
The first thing I did when I finished this course was to enrol in the next available course given by Sarah!!
I did not know very much what to expect by this course, but I was impressed by the amount of information available about Odour. I had so much fun with my dog and Sarah's feedback. What an amazing teacher and Human Being. Sarah will make sure that you don't feel bad about yourself for what went wrong in a session, but to look at it as precious information you can work on for next session. You know that feeling your dogs have when they know the treat moment is approaching?? That's me in the morning opening my email and checking for Sarah's feedback. :) she conditioned me very well!
Get ready for a lot of prep work, a lot of information, it is important to have access to different locations and places where you can set up the different odour scenarios. Think in advance if you have access to different and safe outdoor spaces, take into account the weather and light conditions for your videos. Having a proper "GoPro" camera or someone to help you with recording is super helpful.
Don't even think twice, just enrol and enjoy this amazing class where your dog will have fun and teach you so much!
Sofia & Suzy/ Premium Students
This is the second course I've done that has been taught by Agnieszka and I enjoyed this one as much as R+ course. Agnieszka is an exceptional tutor demonstrating enviable patience and teaching skills and brilliant problem solving solutions! I always wanted to do nosework with Odie and I loved that the course was broken up into perfect bite size chunks with excellent video demonstrations. We got way further than I was expecting with the content, despite me really learning what works for my boy (thanks to great advice from Agnieszka!), and it has given me lots of work to do to ensure I've got fluent behaviours before we go on to Nosework Stage 2. As with my previous Tromplo course it's made me think so much about the way I train and ensuring I set my dog up for success even if that means 30 second training sessions to prevent "away with the faeries" moments! Thank you so much Aga, me and Odie had a blast! I hope we'll see you soon for Nosework Stage 2 :-)
I loved this course. Me and my dog got so much out if it! Mikolaj is brilliant at explaining the why's and how's of toy training. I can't wait for Part 2!!!
Excellent course. I went on to take the Concepts course and found that the foundations set here made the transition to that course a smooth progression.
I appreciated that there was a real focus on figuring out what would work best for you and your dog rather than offering a cookie cutter approach.
I absolutely cannot say enough about this course, and our instructor, Catja! This was my very first experience with Tromplo, but it definitely will not be my last! First, let me address the course itself: "In chains! Backchaining from A-Z" was phenomenal! Let me say though, that it is not for the faint of heart. It takes time each week to work on the homework, as you must create, practice, video, and upload your chains and assignments. It was not overwhelming, or too much, by any stretch, but it did take dedication. I often found myself checking the site multiple times on days that a new lesson was coming out, as I was excited to get started! Not only did we learn about the PROCESS of backchaining, but also the rationale behind why it is often the superior method to achieve the results and reliability we so often crave. I also learned the importance of REAL fluency in a behavior, and why it must be achieved prior to including it in a chain. Often, I THOUGHT a behavior was fluent, but putting it into a chain showed me that the individual behavior still needed work. This was extremely eye-opening for me.
Now for our "instructor extraordinaire": Catja, is beyond words. I am a dog trainer by profession, and originally was just looking for something fun to do with my dog during the COVID down time. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but Catja blew me away from day 1! Let me give you an example: I was having trouble getting my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to take and hold a dumbbell from my hand. I have trained other dogs to retrieve, but was having difficulty with this dog. I uploaded a video for Catja to see, and I was floored by her insight! Within 5 minutes of applying her comments and suggestions on my video, my dog was willingly taking the dumbbell from my hand and holding it for several seconds before I asked for the release. And that was BEFORE we began the chaining work. Catja is thorough in her explanations, details, demos, and assignments, and even more so when replying to the videos we submit. She is patient, kind, and encouraging with her comments and suggestions, and her thoughtful manner makes you want to work harder to get results. I will definitely be back to Tromplo, and... if I'm being honest... will first look for courses taught by Catja!
I cannot recommend this course enough. Sarah is a thoughtful, organized teacher and dedicates so much time to providing information and feedback. I took the course with a GSP pup I was training for a client family. Through this training, Mellie was able to go to her home with the foundation of stimulus control and I was able to give her family games and training to continue the process. I loved being able to watch other people’s videos and see feedback, learn from the other students taking the course, and develop my ideas and training methods.
As a service dog trainer, stimulus control (what I was calling self-control and impulse control before) is the foundation for our training. Because of this course, I was able to refine and improve the methods I already had in place to give clear, consistent communication to the dogs and clients I work with. This course is absolutely wonderful for any dog trainer or owner that wants to learn more about dog behavior and providing clear information regarding stimulus control.
Great course. My dog and I have struggled with focus and motivation and have "read all the books" but couldn't crack the code on our own.
At the end of the course I have a dog, that is happy to start work and has even started to initiate it himself when out and about.
Course material breaks it all down in manageable steps and that plus instructur feedback has given us a foundation and tools to move forward.
Highly recommend this course! In fact, I can't imagine any reason for anyone not to want to take it!
CII Part 1 was very lecture dense with a lot of exercises to work on. CII Part 2 is completely different - very light on lectures with heavy focus on Sarah working with each Premium student to fashion training plans using the CII principles to meet their specific goals. Mastery of all of the skills from CII was not necessary. Sarah guided each Premium student through how to apply the relevant skills. I think most if not all Premium students found their goals evolve under Sarah's guidance. She gave amazing, detailed, insightful feedback.
I took it at Premium and was amazed at how much I was able to accomplish in 6 weeks. I also followed the other Premium threads and learned an incredible amount from them as well.
CII skills and concepts are very powerful tools applicable in a wide range of situations and Part 2 helps flesh that out. Sarah is an incredible teacher. The class is the perfect combination of important subject matter and excellent instruction.
If you are just starting, this course will be perfect for you. You will learn foundations for heelwork that will score the maximum number of points. How to teach a dog the correct head position? What should the perfect pivot look like? How to teach it all with errorless progression? You will get the answers in this course!
The course will also benefit teams who already take part in the competition, but would like to improve their results. It doesn't matter if - your dog sits crookedly, pivtos with his butt on the ground or drops his head every 5 seconds - together we will go through this process and build a perfect routine.
Close your eyes and imagine the perfect heelwork you would like to achieve. Can you see it? Good, we will build solid fundaments to achieve this picture within six weeks! There is one condition - you must sign up for this course with me 😄Week 1:
This course is our BEST-SELLER! Sarah has helped hundreds of students understand better impulse control. She will be happy to explain it to you too! Join her impulse control class today!
Control Is An Illusion: Rethinking How We Teach for “Impulse Control”
What do we really mean when we talk about impulse control?
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