028: Becoming an Expert Handler or Trainer

In this episode, Jerry Bradshaw discuss:

  • The difference between being a handler and being a trainer.
  • How long it takes to become an expert.
  • Common elements of how talent is developed.
  • Getting out of your comfort zone and being enthusiastic about being bad.

Key Takeaways:

  • Pay attention to what other people are doing.
  • Don’t just train the finished product. Break down your routines into small pieces and practice the elements you want to be better at.
  • If you’re going too fast, you will not be able to pay attention to the little errors that are needing to be corrected.
  • Pick mentors who still get their hands dirty, training actively and developing their talents.

Take every opportunity to observe training. Get your hands on dogs, it could be as a handler, it could be as a decoy, it could be watching training or being a part of training, being a backup person, while somebody else is running their dog. Maximize your potential from every hour you spend in training.” —  Jerry Bradshaw

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