In this video I thank Zak George for spreading the word about positive reinforcement training around the entire world for over a decade. This video is also a call to action for positive reinforcement trainers to seek out and support other trainers who perhaps don’t train exactly like them, in order to create a more welcoming community.
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Hello everyone this is a thank you video As well as a call to action video Firstly i want to thank zach george for All that he’s done for dog training for More than a decade now i started my Youtube channel over a decade as well And what i found out is that the more Views my channel got the more stress i Got because the more exposure you get The more negativity you get people come After you they want to say mean things About you if you get an easy puppy Or a friendly easy puppy they say oh you Got that puppy on purpose because you Suck at training you get a hard puppy oh What did you do to the puppy you must Have done something if i had the puppy The puppy wouldn’t be that hard you get A puppy that is hard and they get a Little bit better oh if i had the puppy The puppy would be perfect you get a Puppy that’s hard and then the puppy Gets to be perfect oh that was an easy Puppy la la la so anyway everyone always Has something negative to say about you And the more views you get the more Negativity comes like a dark cloud so Um there was a time where my youtube Channel started getting more views and Then i immediately shut down and just Started doing seminars and conferences And ignored youtube for i guess it was Five years but zach george kept going And he he created
So much content About positive reinforcement training And he made it fun and interesting for The general public people who know Nothing about dog training to want to Get into i know that sometimes my videos Come off too trainery and my focus is on Training other trainers and it just Isn’t so welcoming for people to want to Get involved in the training it can seem Confusing and weird and um the point of This story is that Um I’d there it takes a lot of guts to be On the top and have that exposure and Not just have it destroy you and I mean wow i’m just so so in admiration Of what he’s done and what he’s done for Uh positive reinforcement training now Um This video is not about oh let’s put Positive reinforcement trainings so that It It hides everyone else’s Types of training that’s not what it’s About it’s about people being able to Sit on their couch who have never Or on their chair on their computer and Who have never learned about dog Training and having a choice so they get To see all these different types of Training and they get to make up their Own mind how they want to train so Before
There wasn’t any exposure for positive Reinforcement there was very little The only reason i found out about it is Because i fell into a humane society That was training that way and it was Like i fell with my bum in the butter And i wanted everyone else to have that Experience to get to make that choice of How you want to train it’s not about one Method is better than the other that’s Not what i’m saying in this video of Course every trainer thinks their method Is the best otherwise they wouldn’t Train that way the one thing that dog Trainers can agree on is what the other Dog trainer is doing wrong so i really Suggest that instead of making it a Singular community which i’ve done Myself where i’ve isolated myself i’ve Stayed in my bubble and i’ve just Ignored everyone else and focused on my Work i think we can be More appreciative of other trainers who Don’t train the same way that we do And support each other i find actually Sometimes the positive reinforcement Training community can be quite cold and I get jealous and i think that a lot of People move on to other methods because They say one thing and everyone jumps on Them and and attacks them um you know You write something about your puppy and What you’re doing with them and then Everyone tells you that you’re a monster
Uh for doing something like that and i Know i’ve been guilty in the past of Being a dog training snob I only i guess in the last five years Have realized that uh You know That that other people can train other Ways and it’s okay you know the focus is On humane training ethical training and Really uh you know making a better Quality of life for the dog and the Person and so all these tiny little Minute details about how you train to Leave it or or anything like that it’s Really not that big a deal in the bigger Picture which is Putting this information out there Creating a positive community for people To want to join And not making it a scary place for new Trainers and and new owners of dogs who Want to learn about training to talk About their training without getting Bashed so um One other thing that i like about zach George is he doesn’t go around bashing Other people Um i find that very very respectful and So the call to action is Go to zack george Either on youtube facebook instagram and Just thank him For what he’s done for Exposing
Positive reinforcement to the entire World so people can find out about this Type of training and also Go around looking for other positive Reinforcement trainers that you like and Say something nice about them leave them A comment Like one of their videos and i will do The same i’m gonna go out and find Specific trainers to tell them how much I appreciate their work and this is Really going to build build us up rather Than all this tearing down of other Trainers i think that um Now’s the time to start the building up Process i did actually write to him Personally and every once in a while I’ve written a comment about him Somewhere in a feed but i never made This public display of of Thankfulness To zach george i actually wrote to him Yesterday saying that i was grateful for Him Um and then he said he was going to post Like a little ad about my youtube Channel i was like don’t do that don’t Do that’s fine but he did anyway and so And i now have to thank him for that so He sent people to my material And i am very grateful for that i Suddenly got thousands more followers um So uh you know it was unnecessary but of Course
It’s super cool and fun Thank you so much for watching and i’m So grateful for all the support you all Have given me see you later