The pet care industry is a non-regulated industry. That means literally anyone can print business cards and begin their own dog training business. The dog trainer you hire could have no experience or a ton of it. Most of all, it means you really need to do some due diligence to be sure your pet is in the best hands of someone who will care for them as you would. But how do you know? How do you find a good dog trainer if you don’t know much about dog training? What should you look for when you hire someone? How do you know who will be the best match for your and your dog? Here are a few things you should consider in finding a good dog trainer.
There are an estimated 70 million dogs in America (source: APPA), and an entire training industry has evolved to help with teaching these dogs to be good canine citizens. There are behavior sciences designed to help us understand animals, veterinarians to help keep them healthy, nutritionists to help feed them properly and a wide array of pet services and products to keep them healthy and happy. We love our dogs. And that’s the reason it’s painful when we hear about a dog bite. But even more distressing to me is the aftermath of pet professionals who continue to say, “Supervise” or “Don’t’ leave dogs alone with children” and “Be careful because all dogs can bite” without teaching the one class every dog trainer should teach.
For many families, ringing in the New Year is synonymous with road trips and vacations. In the right circumstance, Fido and Fluffy often hit the road with us. Here’s a handy checklist from ASPCA Health Insurance to ensure you’ve packed everything you need to keep you pet safe, healthy and happy while exploring new destinations!
It’s that time of year again. The next few days are some of the most popular for planning and setting intentions for making the next 12 months better than the previous 12. I’ve already started to clean out my files, end the new year and make plans for 2016.
I’m not sure where 2015 has gone, but what I do know is 2016 is right around the corner. Seriously. Some days I feel like if I blink, Christmas will be over and I’ll be writing 2016 on all of my checks.
Are you setting New Year’s Resolutions? Getting your goals lined up for 2016? Feeling both excited AND overwhelmed about what the New Year has in store for your professional and personal life?
Wouldn’t it be nice to just be excited and not overwhelmed? Yeah, I think so too.
Which is why, for the third year in a row, I’m signing up for Michael Hyatt’s “5 Days to the Best Year Ever” program. Why 3 years in a row? Well, friends, it’s just that good AND it gets better every year. Here are a few more reasons: