Pups should love learning
You can forgive someone if they baulk at the idea of learning human pup play. Many people experience learning as a rigorous academic trial with exams and risk of failure. Introducing a person to the idea of learning to be a pup can easily sound counter productive to having fun. Keeping that natural prejudice in mind, a Master should do all he can to encourage in his pup a love of learning. Fun will still be had along the way so they can rest easy.
A love of learning describes the way in which a pup engages with new information and skills generally, and the specific well developed individual interest which a pup engages with particular content. That's a big sentence to say how a pup learns new things and stuff they are really specifically into as well. You want your pup to have a positive attitude to developing new skills, to learning anything new. And you want your pup to really get interested in what interests them in pup play and learn that well.
As a Trainer you can find evidence of your pup 's positive attitude if it resembles something like this:
I can't do this task now Sir, but I think I will be able to do it in the future.
I like to learn new things
I will do whatever it takes in order to do a task Boss has given me correctly
So look to cultivate a can do open mind in your pup towards experiencing and learning new stuff in human pup play. That open mind does not mean abandoning all caution, nor does it mean asking no questions. It simply means having an open mind, a preparedness to learn new things rather than a closed mind and fixed opinion on exactly what has to happen in pup play.
Be careful of pups who mistakes seeking your attention for a true interest in becoming a pup. You want your pup to care more about doing the activity thoroughly than whether or not he receives praise form you for it. Learning includes trials in which a pup will actually fail. Seeking to please you by success is not developing a positive attitude to learning. It is a side road that leads nowhere but to vanity and disappointment when the pup inevitably fails at something. You might notice a significant difference here in the training style from conventional BDSM and also from canine training. Tasks being rewarded for praise creates a cycle of lazy learning pups who simply seek to please rather than actually develop themselves as pups independently. That sounds harsh, but consider that these trainers are treating a person like a pavlovian dog it is on the mark. It is well known that approach creates a pleaser not a leaner.
Learning to be a pup ultimately has to be measured by the pup himself, although he will seek feedback which his Owner and Trainer can give positively. The pups learning is about mastering the Collar for himself, measuring his own progress in terms of improvement and effort. The pup who is focused on performing, hoping for praise, tends to measure himself in relation to others. That's counter productive since every pup learns differently at different rates as explained in Master Learning. A pup should approach a learning activity in a simple way , as a tangible move towards a positive outcome of mastering a Collar. It is very common for pups to focus on avoiding a negative outcome (ie: demonstrating incompetence) during training. Ambitious pups will demonstrate this trait very highly. Failure is and should be an option in learning as it helps him learn well from the mistake with you the Trainer there to guide and educate him.
For you to actually train a pup it is important for you to know that there are benefits from pup training and learning the Collars for the pup beyond the obvious new skills. A fully trained pup will most likely have more positive feelings about learning new things in his human life. The pup will develop the ability to self regulate his efforts to persevere, despite challenges and frustration. You will be helping the pup be a more resilient person. Your fully trained pup will definitely feel more autonomous, more capable of doing things for himself.
Simply learning pup training is likely to help engage your human pup with a new sense of possibility. You have opened his eyes to looking at the world differently. And the strange and different activities of the Collars will be very beneficial for your pup. He will surprise you, and probably himself. as he finds personal connections to the training. Some activities will actually come to mean "something" to your pup, some content will resonate on a deep personal level. The pup will engage with these activities and content, and eventually generate his own version of it, creating his own strategies for approaching it. Doing this, the pup will instinctively (drawing on his active human brain whether he likes it or not) to take time to rethink his understanding of what is going on with that activity or content. He will analyse his strategy selection. This is the fantastic autonomous learning skill humans have and it is better to allow it to flourish in pup training than suppress it.
Advanced Leash Training Learning focuses on exactly how a Trainer can succeed at training a pup by fostering this love of learning. It requires connection and bond to the Trainer as well, which is detailed under Advanced Leash Training Bonding.