Well another year has come and gone and another annual meeting is out of the way. I say that with a note of relief, as I had the job of hosting the workshop here in Michigan. This year NADOI tried something new. We had two workshops over the weekend instead of just one, along with our annual meeting. We had two great speakers, Margie English and Karen Pryor, which helped make the annual event a huge success.
Margie had many wonderful ideas which everyone was anxious to take home and use in our obedience classes (I’ve used several of them already.) If anyone gets a chance to hear Margie speak, I would highly recommend going. She is very witty and talented. I wish we could have had a full day to hear her speak, as we all left wanting more. But there was the small detail of squeezing the annual meeting into the weekend someplace!
Karen Pryor was a big hit here with the local people (and people as far away as Texas, Louisiana, California, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Virginia.) We had a full house. We were delighted to get such a good turn out after just recently having Karen speak for us back in 1986 in New Jersey. This time, she had many new things to show us. She added a new twist to the “training game” by shaping six people’s behavior simultaneously. She also did subliminal form of the training game, and we did not even realize we were all being shaped! She shared with us some of her slides of the dolphins helping the fishermen catch fish in South America. The workshop participants had a big treat in store for them when they found out that, due to popular demand, Karen had decided to have paperback copies published of her book, Lads Before The Wind. Those of us “Karen Pryor Groupies” who have been looking high and low trying to find copies of this out-of-print book about her experiences in dolphin training were very grateful.
Next year our annual meeting will be another good one. Liz Palika from California will be hosting the meeting and will again have two workshops instead of one. It looks like having two workshops will become an annual practice. You will probably hear more about the speakers and the particulars in this column.
©1989 Lonnie Morgan (Olson)