Tuesday, August 27, 2019

CPD Addiction.

CPD Addiction.

One of the very first things I discovered, when i passed my ISCP.Adv.Dip.Canine.Prac and joining The Association of INTODogs was that this was only the beginning. Part of staying accredited with INTODogs is that I need to do lots of Continual Professional Development - CPD, in order to stay ahead of the game and know what I am talking about. 

Science teaches us new things about our dogs every day, and how we teach them should respond accordingly, so CPD is vital to being a good behaviourist/trainer or teacher of any kind.

The trouble is that CPD in itself becomes addictive - and expensive. The fear of missing out - FOMO - or of not having that badge that everybody else has, is like a burning itch that just won't go away, and so before I realised it, I began to collect badges in earnest. Nice, colourful, smart and intelligent looking little pngs and jpgs to go on my website and social media, like a dog related virtual Panini sticker album collection. All of which are me proudly telling the world that I have actually done something useful and my knowledge and experience should be able to help someone with their dog related issues.

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 πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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.
So, after a whole month of not doing doggy courses, I am back at it this month with "30 Days of Canine Science" and "Absolute Dogs - Geek and Coaching" levels. So no sleep for me through September then while I try to keep up!

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. 

Now nobody ever mentioned learning all this when I first thought to teach a pup to sit.

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