It sounds like a joke, I know. What do puppies and online tutoring have in common? At first glance , not much but bear with me .
I’ve been watching our now 11 week- old puppy Cooper a lot over the last three weeks. Huge cuteness aside , I feel as if I’ve seen lots of parallels between training a puppy and launching a course.
I’d forgotten how much work puppies are – especially at the beginning He’s not our first dog but you forget.
Similarly, How To Tutor Online isn’t my first online course – I’ve created a few now, but I’d forgotten about the number of stages involved , all the moving parts. Herding cats is the phrase that comes to mind.
Puppies don’t know what they don’t know. And neither do we. Cooper happily eats rose bushes until his mouth bleeds. Then he stops. He doesn’t chew rose bushes again so quickly.
Then he eats stones. Sharp, gritty stones. Until his mouth bleeds again. And then he stops that.
But the great thing watching him is that he has a go, he’s open to all possibilities until he learns what is and isn’t helping him.
We should be the same. We shouldn’t eat rose bushes but we should be fearless. We should be open to new ideas. To change.
After all, what we are doing is really ,really brave. To trust that we have the creativity to earn our own income, to use technology to find our own market is brave. We’ll learn what works and what doesn’t.
Which brings me to puppy training. I’ve seen that the way to learn something new is to go over it and over it and over it. Every single day and then the penny drops.
I now have an 11- week old puppy who can give a paw, who can lie down to command, sit up on command and walk beautifully on a lead. He’s only 11 weeks old but already he’s more obedient than the other dogs I’ve had because I didn’t think I had time to train a dog.
The answer to that of course is that you don’t have time not to. If you invest time at the beginning of your puppy’s life then your life is is much easier and simpler and just , more enjoyable.
And that’s kind of the approach I’m taking to getting my course out there. I’m putting everything in place before launching so that there are no accidents on the floor, so to speak .
Best of all about this tail today (see what I did there?) is that I learned all my dog training from an expert dog trainer without leaving the house.
Yep, www.trainyourdogonline.co.uk is an online training course that cost me £39. I had an expert on hand and I could go at my own space. Sorted.
Think about the expertise you can offer so many more people when you get started with online courses.
I’m excited about the future.