Dog Trainer’s Dogs Aren’t Perfect

For the past 20+ years I’ve been a dog trainer. I’ve taught dogs of all ages and sizes with a focus primarily on family pet dog training and household manners. I love working with families and their dogs because I know just how fulfilling life with a well-mannered pet can be. But I often smile to myself at the comment that my dogs must be perfect because I’m a dog trainer. Well, sure, I like to think I have a leg up on understanding how to set my dog up to succeed. I like to think that I can heed the advice I give to so many families. But still, dog trainer’s dogs aren’t perfect because dog trainers aren’t perfect. Here is just one of several stories I can provide to illustrate this fact.

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Living With My Senior Dog

Denver, my Lab, is a senior dog. He’s just a few months shy of his 13th birthday but he still looks young and still acts young at heart. Denver is the first dog I’ve had that has lived well into his senior years, and I’m thankful for every moment we have together. Truth be told he has some sort of tumor in his stomach and I’m not sure how much longer he’ll be around, but we’re making the most of each day we have together. As I thought about my life with a senior dog, I thought I’d share some of the things that I think have made Denver’s senior years more enjoyable. So here, in no particular order, are some great ideas for senior dogs.

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The Value of Certification

Why should I get certified? That’s a common question I hear as a dog trainer. After all, you have been training, you have some education, and very few of your clients ever seem to ask you about certification. So what’s the big deal? Why should you pay to take a test for certification?

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