I've still been having some issues with my puppy as we are now on trainer number 4 (had to find the right "fit"). I like this one a lot-tonight she was telling me that teachers are much more open to suggestions and understand the reasoning behind the dog training techniques better than anyone else. I see the parallels myself (can you tell it was a long drive home tonight, this is what I thinking about): 1) Praise should be earned. 2) If it's not working, try it another way. 3) Be patient and speak calmly at all times. 4) Rewards should be extrinsic and intrinsic. 5) The students need to move around a lot. 6) You have to keep the student interested in learning. 7) Don't give up. 8) Don't be afraid to let them know you are in charge. 9) Playing can still be learning. 10) When you can see progress being made (even little victories) the hard work is all worth it! I would also love to talk to parents the way dog trainers talk to me. They are very direct-how often did you practice this? Here's how you do it, let's see you try-nope, that's wrong, you have to do it this way. I think putting parents on the spot like that may make them practice with their kids more - did you read to your child yesterday? For how long? Nope-you need to do it more than that. Just thought I'd share my obervations!