What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
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.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
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.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
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.