Hi, it's Nikie here from the Curious Trainers' Academy and you join me this morning in the park. A lot of my videos are done in the park, with me and Maisie, who's there somewhere. We tend to take a morning stroll, and I think about the day ahead, get some thoughts about stuff that we're doing, and then I can crack on with the day. And usually there are thoughts whizzing around in my head that I share with you.
My thought today is actually about the park! During the winter it's a good park to actually walk in because there is a pathway, I don't think you can see it, but there's a pathway that goes all the way around the rim of the park, so paws don't get wet and you can stick to the path during winter. But you can probably tell, by the glorious sunshine, we're not in the middle of winter! We're in the middle of summer, and people are still wandering around the path. They're keeping to their set routine, to their habits that they formed over winter. They don't have to keep their feet and paws dry anymore, they could venture into new territory, but they are not! They're all sticking to the path... except us of course, but then I've never followed the rules!
It gets me thinking about training and particularly for new trainers. When you're first starting out, chances are you will look to somebody for advice, maybe there's somebody in your company who's been training for a long time. The thing that I'd probably suggest is just check that they are going onto the grass! That they're not just sticking to a path! The same path because it's become comfortable and it's routine and they know what to expect. If you are looking for somebody to be your mentor you need somebody who isn't afraid to try new things, even after being in the game for twenty odd years.
I love trying out new ideas, new things and I quite often pre-empt it with my learner's, you know, 'I haven't done this before let's try it together', but you have to try out new things otherwise you never know if it's going to actually work!
So, that's really my thought for today, both for new Trainers looking for a mentor, make sure that mentor isn't just sticking to the path, that they are getting onto the grass. And, for your own development as well, try out new things don't be afraid to fail and learn from it, that's the biggest thing there. So, I am off onto more grass avoiding the people on the path... and have a great day.
Learning doesn't just happen in a training session. It happens all around us! Follow my ramblings and continue to see the world in a different light!