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Practical Strategies for Dealing with Mistakes

May 8

7:00 am PT

This talk is eligible for CEUs from: CCPDT, IAABC, KPA


From the principal framework of the three-tiered cake (presented in “Our Take on Mistakes: The Cake!” on Day 1), Emelie and Eva delve deep into the practical aspects of dealing with mistakes. At the core of this presentation lies the notion that we unfortunately cannot rewind time – so instead we must find productive ways of dealing with errors and mistakes as they occur.

What we do in the moment when a “mistake” occurs not only functions as a consequence for that behavior, it also sets the stage for the behaviors and contingencies that follow. What does this mean for our training? Why is it so important to differentiate between “now” and “for later?” Can we create setups and procedures in our training that makes dealing with mistakes easier and keep us on track in our positive reinforcement training regime? This is one of Eva’s and Emelie’s passion topics and they can’t wait to tease out all the different aspects we as trainers need to consider!

Presented By:

Eva Bertilsson and Emelie Johnson Vegh

Swedish duo Emelie (she/her) and Eva (she/her) met at the agility fields in the late ’90s as dedicated positive reinforcement trainers in a fast-paced sport where millimeters and milliseconds matter. Together they developed practical approaches to training that have become useful beyond the agility ring. Under the name Carpe Momentum, they work as trainers and educators, often with dogs in a variety of settings but also with other species – including humans, of course. You might know them through topics such as start button behaviors, flow charts or seamless training sessions, as TAGteach faculty, or as presenters at international conferences such as Clicker Expo.