Sarah Owings
Sarah Owings

Trust Code Pt. 1

“Go to people for opinions. Go to animals for answers.” -Alexandra Kurland

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1 June 2020
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$105.61

Trust is a construct. However, the way we interpret and experience this construct is fundamental to our lives, our relationships, and our ability to learn. We all know the sting and disorientation when someone betrays our trust, when our expectations or needs are not met, when we feel unsafe or unsure of what is about to happen, when we feel judged, penalized, or a loss of control over outcomes.
Although the laws of learning never change, gone are the days when training an animal is merely about the narrow suppression or construction of behavior. At the core of this exciting teaching and learning revolution, modern trainers are asking questions about trust. “What does trust look like for the animal I am working with?” “What is the measure of that trust?” “Can trust be measured?” “Under what conditions do I see trust occur?” Above all, what every enlightened practitioner wants to know is: “How can I build a strong trust account with the animals in my care?” And, “How can I repair trust when I’m forced to take a withdrawal?”
In this course, we will take a deep dive into what it means to “operationalize” trust in our day to day lives with our dogs (or any species with whom we spend our time). We will be asking lots of questions, putting aside our human assumptions, and doing our best to listen to what the animals tell us trust means to them.
COURSE OUTLINE:
(This is WAY more than can be covered in six weeks. Premiums will be invited to pick topics that resonate most powerfully for them. In the interests of unhurried learning, I will also offer a Trust Code Pt. 2 for further study if there is enough interest.)
Concepts and Constructs:
  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Basic Needs—in animal terms
  • “Trust Accounts,” “Emotional Cups,” and other metaphors
  • What does trust look like for you and your animal?
  • Under what conditions does trust occur for both of you?
  • Can trust be measured? If so, how?
  • Relationship and communication—trust is a two-way street
  • Conflict, pressure, and high-stakes outcomes—identifying weak spots in your trust account
  • Is it all “just” reinforcement history?
  • Can reinforcement-based teaching ever damage trust?
Areas for Exploration:
  1. Safety: physical, emotional, health
  2. Predictability: patterns, routines, context cues—are you a trustworthy human?
  3. Communication: ask and answer, cues and communication systems in training, cues and communication in everyday life, the antidote to nagging is trust, mands and letting your animal cue you
  4. Reinforcement: plenty in life is free, reinforcement is not a “cookie”/ reinforcement is a process and an opportunity, motivating operations, expanding reinforcement repertoires, primary reinforcement means survival, re-framing the Premack Principle, reinforcement and relationship.
  5. Fairness: multi-animal households, waiting turns, equal pay for equal work, the power of 1:1 reinforcement, meeting your animal’s expectations, being clear when rules change
  6. Respect and possession: dog rules vs. human rules—finding a middle ground
  7. Repairing trust: life happens, calculated withdrawals, minimizing fallout, forgive yourself because your dog already has, poison cues, rebuilding the account, the trust account buffer effect
  8. Play: play as a measure of trust, play vs. work, play and the laws of learning (yep, they still apply!)
Self-study Projects:
In the early weeks of this course participants will be asking their animals (as well as themselves) what trust means, and what it looks like. Towards the middle and end of this course, participants can pick one or more areas of exploration from the lists above, and design a self-study project around that topic. NOTE: This is not a fix-it or how-to course! Projects should be process, not outcome-oriented. Come prepared to think and follow your own curiosity. You will be encouraged to focus on on an aspect of your relationship with your animal that will help you learn about trust, repair a depletion of trust, and / or teach something brand new with trust-building as its primary objective. Examples for self-study projects might be: starting over with a husbandry behavior, clarifying reinforcement patterns in training, rebuilding trust around resources, resolving conflict over toys, teaching multiple animals to wait turns, helping an animal feel safer when left alone, or exploring play.

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  • course lasts 6 weeks
  • lectures
  • access to other Premium member's threads
  • video tutorials
  • certificate of attendance
  • 24 hours, 7 days per week access to course materials
  • access to Tromplo: students group on Facebook
  • access to materials after the course is finished
  • 4 points to spend on future purchases

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  • course lasts 6 weeks
  • lectures
  • access to other Premium member's threads
  • video tutorials
  • certificate of attendance
  • 24 hours, 7 days per week access to course materials
  • access to Tromplo: students group on Facebook
  • access to materials after the course is finished
  • 15 points to spend on future purchases
  • 12 minutes videos per week
  • tutor's feedback
  • homework
  • unlimited contact with tutor

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