Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Be honest with yourself about the problems your relationship is having, the causes and reasons, the places you fail... Be willing to do what it takes to improve. Anything less and you sell both you and your dog short.l
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I personally make it a point to work closely with my clients to not only improve the relationship with their dogs, but also help improve the quality of their lives as well, by giving them a sense of pride and accomplishment, and by relieving some of the stress that can be caused by miss-communication in the dog/owner relationship.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love seeing my clients smile when they see the leaps and bounds in learning that their dogs make during the training process. Often times, owners are so frustrated because they feel like there is no hope. i like showing them that there is ALWAYS hope and even their dog can learn something new.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Can my dog change or is he/she just a bad dog? My answer is that there are no truly bad dogs. The biggest steps in changing what is going on are exercise and establishing those all important lines of communication. Then, once those are met, the stressful emotions and mindset will start to fade, and you and your dog can start to enjoy each other once again.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Most times, its not the dog that has the problems. A dog is only honest, they know no deceit. The problems usually come from a lack of something in their lives, something that only the owners can provide. A dog is not only our best friend, but we must be their best friend as well, and that means compromise and commitment to each other and their needs. Your dog understands you... Learn to understand them as well.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I got into this profession because I wanted to something that helped people build better relationships with their dogs. I also believe that working with dogs has helped me in my life because I've learned a lot about myself, and that is something I wanted to share with other people as well.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Reading is the best way to stay current. There are always new techniques and different ways to train. Each technique you learn is like another tool you add to a toolbox. Where the basics of training are always the same, each dog is different, and learns through different methods. You always have to have that toolbox ready, and the more tools, the better.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Be willing to understand yourself. Dog training will change you in ways you'd never expect. Be willing to live by the philosophy you are trying to impart to the owners as well.