I spent four full days at a seminar with dog trainer John Rogerson. John lives in the UK and travels all over the world, so he’s not often in the U.S. He has been spending a lot of time in Thailand and India where dog ownership and dog training are fairly new and not nearly as mainstream as it is in Europe and the U.S.

The seminar was a packed four days. John does not believe in taking breaks, so while most seminars take a long morning and afternoon break in addition to at least an hour lunch break, John starts by 9 am (sometimes earlier) and goes until 5 pm with only a 30 minute lunch break. While I appreciate packing the day as full as he can, it is difficult to stay focused for so long with no breaks. Which reminds me, how often do you take breaks when training with your dog for a long session? It helps your dog, and it will help you. Short breaks are good!

John Rogerson does not believe in the use of harsh punishments, forceful training, or the use of choke chains, prong collars or shock collars. But he also comes with some very different outside-the-box kind of ideas. I might not agree with all of his ideas, but he certainly gave me some things to think about and some great new ideas to build into what I am already doing.

Even if I didn’t have to keep up continuing education credits for my certifications as a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, I would still attend educational seminars and conferences. I love to learn new things, get new ideas, be inspired, and keep myself up-to-date on the latest info in dog training and behavior. I love being in a profession that keeps me enthusiastic and wanting to learn more!

I will be sharing a few of John’s ideas in my blog posts. I would love to hear your feedback on some of the ideas I share. John’s latest book is The Dog Vinci Code – Unlock the Secrets to Training Your Dog. I have not had a chance to read it yet, but when I do, I will give you my thoughts on it. If you have read it or do read it, I would be curious to hear what you think.