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Seeing with New Eyes

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8 Jan 2023

With pet shop shelves heaving with a seemingly unlimited range of brightly coloured objects designed for play, it’s perhaps surprising that our two modes of playing with our dogs involve either kicking or throwing objects away from them, or competing. We tend to bring to this play, too, a mindset of what it should achieve for us: to tire them out, to reinforce a behaviour we like, to channel their energy or adapt their emotional state.

Play serves an incredibly important function among animals, helping them to learn about the world and themselves. This Live Presentation and 7-day discussion will explore how attentiveness to our dogs, how they like to play, and with what, can build an activity that’s mutually rewarding for both dog and human, and that can strengthen the relationship in significant ways.


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Our SEEING WITH NEW EYES Live Presentation and 7-day forum are a unique opportunity to explore understanding to a new level. Learning will revolve around the Live Presentation with recommended reading and a closed Forum for the next 7 days where questions and further discussion can be stretched.


Presentations will be at 1700 GMT/UTC on 8 Jan 2023. Participants can join at 1650 to familiarise with the technology. A camera is not necessary, but please join with your mic muted. This will NOT be recorded but taking notes is definitely encouraged.

The room will be closed at 1705 late arrivals will not be able to join.

Recommended reading before the Presentation will benefit all participants.

Attendance to the Presentation is required for attendance to the Discussions Forum. Slides used in the Presentation will be available to view in the Forum.

Details of the Presentation and recommended reading will be posted in the Forum. This opens 24 hours before the presentation when you will receive an email invitation.


The Presenters are Kay Laurence and Frances McCormack experienced at living and learning with all sorts of collies.

Tighearnan with a few of his best friends. One of the happiest collies alive.

The Discussion Forum

This will be hosted on our Voyage of Discovery: a Discourse Forum.

Very often we need more time to absorb the material and let the important questions rise to the top over a few days. Learning to see with new eyes is often about revisiting our current thinking, listening to alternate voices and measuring it against new ideas. Inevitably doubts will arise and we may need to make adjustment or realise we did not need glasses at all and our view was right on track. 

The Forum will be open for 7 days after the presentation. It will then be closed and all posts deleted.

Both Kay and Frances will be attending the forum to continue the discussions, add more material and recommended resources.

This is not an opportunity for private tuition although individual issues can be discussed.

Recommended Reading

Wondering if this is for you? More reading:

Why Add Fun?

If play is learning, and learning is play, then attentiveness to what our dogs find pleasure in will help us move away from using play as a reinforcer to make learning more palatable and towards building learning that is intrinsically rewarding.  

When is it Not Rewarding?

Just because it’s play doesn’t mean it’s enjoyable for our dogs. Read on to learn about some of the ways we can diminish the value of rewards through play.

Build the Learning (Course)

This course builds YOUR skills through an extensive range of learning activities and play that you will be able to adapt for all the dogs your share your life with.


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