Newsletter#42: A Year in Review: What Did We Learn?

The seminar in Mexico was Bart’s last seminar for 2013. There were fantastic young dogs in Mexico. The good young dogs are trained too quickly in the competition drills. The dogs don’t learn any fun in the exercise that way. Having that quality of dog means that the product can be world class with appropriate NePoPo® training. There is no rush. Time takes time. Modern training is about Heart and S...
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Newsletter#41: Bart Bellon® in Nafplion, Greece

If you are a child living in Greece and you are learning the history of your country, you have a lot to learn: Prehistoric Greece (Neolithic, Bronze Age, and Early Iron Age); Ancient Greece (Archaic Greece, Classical Greece, Hellonistic Greece, Roman Greece); Byzantine Empire (Economic prosperity, Artistic revival, Fourth Crusade); Ottoman rule; Modern Greek State (World War I and the Greco-Turkis...
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Newsletter#40: Five Weeks in Germany

Top trainers of today are: the guys from old school that introduce the new style by using positive training mixed judiciously with the old school stimulus control; and, the totally new people with their minds open who learn in NePoPo® (which includes a large component of the younger generation). Briefly, the trend we saw in Germany was like we see all over the world: there is not enough spontaneou...
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Newsletter#39: The Highway to Hell… from Pilsen to Prague to Brno

The highway from Pilsen, to Prague, to Brno... It was dubbed “the highway to hell” by the Czech people due to the dilapidated state of the road. It was a rough road, and when you drive on it, your car gets a certain rhythm, a harsh rhythm. It’s a rhythm that can fit with one of Bart’s preferred songs by AC/DC called “Highway to Hell.”... What Bart found at the end of the highway to hell was quite ...
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Newsletter#38: Russia… NePoPo®… Go Go Go!!!

Bart was in France on October 5-6. The seminar he gave there took place near Lyon. This seminar was organized largely by people who live in Switzerland (one and a half hours east) where they are strictly regulated by the apostles of morality, and for that reason, there will be no people named. These are the kind of seminars where the seminar is only admitting people who are well known to the organ...
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Newsletter#37: Younger and Younger Trainers are Getting Better and Better

The tendency at seminars is that the participants at the seminar are younger and younger (between 20 and 40). They have a big future with their knowledge. The participants are better and better trainers. Bart saw so many good dogs and handlers at this seminar. He was impressed. Bart’s advice to them is: Go see as many seminars as possible and always think analytically: what are the consequences fo...
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Newsletter#36: Cola Light or Coca Cola??

Miguel Salvador did an exceptional job organizing the seminar in Alicante. Bart was well taken care of in Spain at a relaxing hotel. He opted to stay in his hotel on the evening of the 20th after being picked up from the airport so he could go to bed early and be fresh for the weekend. The participants at the seminar all stayed together at the location of the seminar. The venue consisted of little...
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Newsletter#35: ITALY !

Bart’s seminar in Italy was well attended. All participants were from Italy (with the exception of one person from Kosovo!) Bart enjoyed his time in Italy and came home marveling at all the good dogs he saw there. It appears that the organizers of this event did not wish to be identified, and we respect their wishes. Regardless of the reasons in this particular case, it is unfortunate that the war...
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Newsletter#34: The Training Revolution Has Come! NePoPo® is now in almost every country around the world!

This seminar was organized by our good friends Joël Marquet and Denise Guinnard (owners and operators of Passion Chien in Switzerland, www.passionchien.ch). There were about 55 people from France, Switzerland, and Belgium at the seminar. There was some concern about the weather on Saturday, but it turned out to be a beautiful day. On Sunday, it rained brutally, but there was a large tent with sid...
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Newsletter#33: Another batch of fine new trainers… and, understanding what we need: active dogs.

Alex Schmidt and Heidi Schütz organized a fantastic event. There was plenty of parking; there were places to walk dogs; there were 3 training fields available, one with agility equipment and one with Schutzhund equipment. There was a club house with three toilets for men and three for women, a kitchen, and a large covered alcove with picnic tables for eating or for hiding under in case of bad wea...
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Newsletter#32: Well Informed Skilled People Move Ahead Quickly Without the Burdens on the Past

Bart and Michael arrived in Ludwigsburg on Friday evening. Saturday morning looked nice and the seminar was off to a nice start at 9 am sharp with 80 people in attendence. It was a terrific group of people and some very talented dogs and dog trainers. We see that the people in the sport are getting younger and younger. Many are able (within a year or two) to catch up or pass many of their older co...
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Newsletter#31: The Desire for Basic Food Makes the Drive (Don’t Make Him Picky with Dessert Choices)

The weekend in Bramsche was enjoyable. The facilities were outstanding. Our contact, Dirk Oevermann, met us at the club when we arrived and showed us around and to our hotel where we ate well and slept early to be properly rested for a 9 a.m. start Saturday morning.... ...
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Newsletter#30: Whiskey on the Rocks… Please!!!

The organization for the August 3-4, 2013 was superb. Bart and Michael arrived in Bötzow on Friday afternoon, having left Hassleben on Friday morning. There was plenty of parking at the Hundeplatz, and there was plenty of space to run dogs. There was a sound system for Bart to use at the seminar, a well run kitchen, a bar for the evening, and plenty of shade under the tents to hide from the sun d...
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Newsletter#29: The Pendulum Swings…

The organization for the August 3-4, 2013 was superb. Bart and Michael arrived in Bötzow on Friday afternoon, having left Hassleben on Friday morning. There was plenty of parking at the Hundeplatz, and there was plenty of space to run dogs. There was a sound system for Bart to use at the seminar, a well run kitchen, a bar for the evening, and plenty of shade under the tents to hide from the sun d...
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Newsletter#28: “Aha” Moments Amongst Mosquitoes

Bart and Michael arrived in Hassleben on Tuesday evening for the 9 am start on Wednesday. Bart had just returned home to Belgium on Monday after a week long workshop in Norway. Bart enjoyed his time in Norway very much and the participants were eager to learn and utilize Bart’s NePoPo® training system....  ...
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Newsletter#27: TNT Seminar in Berlin …Bart Bellon® and NePoPo® are back in town, (So don’t you mess around)…

See me ride out of that sunset On your color TV screen Out for all that I can get If you know what I mean Women to the left of meAnd women to the right Ain't got no gun Ain't got no knife Don't you start no fightCause I'm TNT. I'm dynamite TNT. and I'll win that fight TNT. I'm a power load TNT. watch me explode.... ...
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Newsletter#26: “It’s NePoPo®, not PoPoNe.”

The Tulsa seminar was one of the most well organized seminars where we have had the pleasure to work. Kudos to the organizers and hosts. Despite the temperatures, we had an excellent “plan B” and good attendence. Participants were largely from Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri. There were sport dog people, police, AKC, agility and dog trainers.... ...
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Newsletter#25: News Flash #1

After one last seminar in Tulsa, OK, it is time for Bart to leave the United States. It has been a whirlwind tour as we have traveled from Washington, D.C. to California and seen and met many nice people and good dog trainers and enthusiasts.We will stay in touch from Europe and hope to be back in the United States in 2014. Hopefully, big news there! Stay tuned!... ...
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Newsletter#24: Bart Bellon in Fairhope, Pennsylvania

The Bart Bellon Seminar and workshop at the International Conservation Center (ICC) was attended by people from Wisconsin, Colorado, Ohio, Maryland, Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Canada and New York. The participants were largely IPO competitors, dog trainers, police, and hobbyists. The facilities at the ICC were world class: for example, indoor facilities for working dogs, large fence...
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Newsletter#23: Electric Guitar and Classical Guitar? Can We Not Learn Both?

In dancing, there are modern dancers (i.e. Ruth St. Denis, Mary Wigman, and Martha Graham) and those who perform the more classical ballet (i.e. Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gelsey Kirkland, and Rudolf Nureyev). In writing, we have New York Times best sellers, and classical literature like George Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Henry James. In music, we have the rock and country genres (for example), and ...
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Newsletter#22: St. Louis, Missouri

Modern, effective, and humane dog training (where we acknowledge that the dog is smart and needs to find his advantage in doing what he must) makes training more enjoyable. Devika Christie said that the seminar with Bart “totally recharged my passion for training.” Scott Rowan wrote, “After seeing the same typical training for years, our attitudes towards the sport turn stale. Bart’s methods and e...
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Newsletter#21: If we prepare our dog for competition, do we prepare him using a Peaking System or Stimulus Control?

The peaking system is when we give help in training (positive or negative reinforcement) and then as we diminish that help, we figure out how long the dog will do the behaviors we desire with no help. Sometimes this is one training. Sometimes this is two trainings. Fewer times, this is three trainings. When the dog is no longer doing the desired quality of behavior without help, we help again (to ...
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Newsletter#20: “A Dog Bites, A Cat Scratches, and a Horse Kicks”

"My head is still totally numb from all the info from this week. I've got my note pad ready for that moment after driving for a few hours when I know my head will suddenly start throwing up training ideas. Training with Bart and Michael, and just getting to hang out with them and all the wonderful amazing like minded people who came out to share this experience, worth every penny, every minute spe...
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Newsletter#19: Let Your Dog Figure It Out!

Close to 70 people attended the Seminar with Bart BellonTM at Burgos Kennels. Bart and Michael arrived on Thursday the 5th in Fredericksburg, VA. Most of the set up was done on Friday due to rain on Thursday. Several seminar participants arrived before the Meet and Greet and helped with preparing for the event. Huge thanks to Abel Aleman who did a lot to help with the preparation of the field sett...
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Newsletter#18: “WWBD: What Would Bart Do?”

Bart arrived home from Jakarta on the 19th of March, and on the 21st, Michael and Bart were headed to Indiana for a weeklong seminar at the White River Working Dog Club. Randy and Beverly Campbell run the club through facilities at their home in Whitestown. The facility has tracking fields out front, a large Schutzhund field with multiple hurdles and two A-frames (one adjustable), a club house, an...
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Newsletter#17: Bart Bellon Seminar, March 16-17, 2013 Hosted by Ocean K9, Jakarta, Indonesia

The seminar in Jakarta was attended by 48 participants from several countries and provinces: Thailand, Malaysia, Singaport, and India; and, Lombok, Borneo or Kalimatan, Palembang (South Sumatra), Makasar (South Sulawesi), Bandung (West Java), Surabaya (East Java), and from Jakarta itself. The seminar venue was the facilities of Ocean K9 which is located near the Jakarta airport and is also close t...
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Newsletter#16: Zhejiang, China – Bart’s first trip to Asia

Upon arrival on March 7th in China, Bart was lost in the Shanghai airport. He looked for Michael Lee who is his Asian contact. He knew Michael Lee was there when he heard, “Hey, bald head! 16!” uttered in Chinese: Michael Lee knows that those are the only chinese words Bart knows! Of course, everyone got a big laugh out of that. Bart was whisked from the airport by Michael Lee and Vivien Chin and ...
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Newsletter#15: “It’s your dog and your program… Be the architect of your own training system.”

The Bart Bellon seminar and workshop in Tennessee was attended by people who live in Quebec, British Columbia, Florida, Michigan, and states in between, and although the weather at the seminar and workshop was mixed (sun, rain, wind, snow) fortunately, the Zimmerle’s had everything prepared for any occasion. There was a sturdy tent in the field area and a large heated garage with lights, electrici...
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Newsletter#14: Fuck!!! Fire Ants On My Track!

The weather in Florida was very nice, and Bart enjoyed the seminar and workshop. Bart said that the organization of the seminar was very good. There were close to 50 participants at the seminar, flying in from all over the United States and Venezuela. Bart was very impressed with the quality of dog training that he did see in Florida. If the tribes would work together, a world podium must be close...
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