I do get a buzz from joining up to things. Having had past issues with alcohol and being an ex-smoker, I know well the signs of addiction - the buzz of getting something you wanted, consuming it, wanting another. Addiction can follow us through life in many different guises and addiction to learning and to virtual badges with dogs on is no different.
But at least while I am keeping up with CPD, and learning new things through the likes of Absolute Dogs courses, I can't afford to drink, even if I wanted to, so that squashes the thought of ever taking it up again 😂😂😂😂
The latest courses I have been doing have been a bit dogless - they have actually been about making my facebook group better and making better stuff for my own Locke's Dogs facebook page, so my clients can have a better service from me - as well as the pages I help admin on for other people. I have also learned to use Canva graphic design software, as well as learning how to keep my accounts and fill in the horrid Universal Credit declaration every month that sole traders get to do - (yes, I am one of those annoying people who smugly do everything by the book). I am now officially some kind of maths genius and on par with Branson when it comes to being business savvy. Well almost. In a non - billionaire sense.
Then after that, I am saving up for another biggie - The ISCP's new course on the links between human abuse and animal abuse. I have sadly been in abusive situations and have seen first hand how these things can affect not just the human members of the family, but the animal members too. I think however uncomfortable it is, it is a subject that is vital to cover in order to be able to help some dogs (and owners) cope better and get the most from their behaviour modification program.