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Seeing with New Eyes

What is Success?

5 Feb 2023

Few of us will have to dig too deeply to remember a learning experience on a topic we loved where we found the learning reinforcing in and of itself; on the other hand, we probably haven’t forgotten how painful a learning struggle could be.

So many training protocols place the burden of learning on the dog, setting them up for struggle at best or failure at worst. What if we turned this on its head and made every effort to ensure that the learning experience for our dogs was a successful and joyful one? What might this look like?

This Live Presentation and 7-day discussion can offer new insight into the process of designing and engineering learning for our dogs, bringing out the best in and for them.


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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 5 Feb 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 …

Evidence of Learning

Our responsibility as engineers of learning is to set the learner up for success. Read more about how.


Preparation is crucial to learner success. This blog post offers some guidance.

Can’t Not Learn

Since learning is always happening, how do we take responsibility for it, and how should we assess what learning is happening?

One Dog’s Trick is Another Dog’s Lifeskill

Our dogs’ learning should be treated with respect, and the benefit to them should always be clear.

What is a Trainer?

By building the process of engineering learning on rewards and connection the gulf of understanding between the two species involved can be bridged.

The Trap of 98 Not Rights (Podcast)

How to avoid 98 not-right repetitions in learning.


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