The ClickerSolutions mailing list (on YahooGroups) closed to new posts today.
St. Doug gathered some stats and let us know that it ran for 18 years, 6 months, and 13 days. There are currently 6516 members, and there were 232,981 posts. (That’s an average of almost 36 per day.)
I left the day-to-day management of the list to Greta Kaplan in 2007, and did a wonderful job managing it for the last 11 years. She took care of it far longer than I did. You have no idea how much I appreciate that. I didn’t tell her that often enough. I am so grateful that she kept it going for so long.
So much magic happened there. When Debbie Otero and I started ClickerSolutions nearly 20 years ago, we did so because we wanted a place to focus on positive solutions. There were two other general lists at the time — good ones with excellent info — but they too often focused on punishment and how to stop behavior. We wanted not to demonize punishment, but to provide a place where trainers could safely explore alternative solutions.
I met so many wonderful people there. Many are friends I will treasure forever. That list made me a better writer, a better trainer — and God knows, it made me a better person. I feel honored to have been a part of it and to have helped the people I helped.
There is a ClickerSolutions group here on Facebook (and you are all invited to join!), but it really isn’t needed. Unlike when we started the mailing list, there are now a plethora of GOOD, POSITIVE dog training groups on Facebook for just about every skill you could want to train. And I wouldn’t be surprised if a whole lot of those trainers — or the trainers of those trainers — spent some time on ClickerSolutions along the way.
Thank you to all the beloved members of ClickerSolutions — especially you, Greta — for an amazing 18-and-a-half years. I love you all!