Top 10 Questions Pet Parents ask Dog Trainers

There is a joke among dog trainers that the answer to nearly every question asked about a dog is “It depends.” There are so many variables, so many nuances, so many ways to train and raise a dog that it is hard to put absolutes on anything. And yet…human beings are hardwired to want concrete answers. So, with that, here are my generic answers to a few of the most commonly asked questions raised by pet parents.


How to Get Started As A Dog Trainer

Options on Education

I’ve been in the dog training industry for over 20 years. I am considered a “crossover trainer”, meaning that, during the past 2 decades, I have changed the ways I train. I wrote a post about my transition in training philosophies in a post called “Why I Train the Way Dogs the Way I Train Dogs”  I am truly a person who took my favorite hobby and turned it into my career. People often wonder how they can do the same thing, and I am often asked how to get started in dog training. Here is my typical advice.

Girl playing with her beagle dog in autumn park

Introducing New Pets

What’s better than having one pet in your house?  Having TWO!! Whether it’s two dogs, two cats, or a dog and a cat, there are important steps you can take to help ensure peace and a long lasting friendship between your furry pals. Check out this handy infographic from ASPCA Health Insurance. Oh, and take a second to leave a comment about the success you’ve had introducing multiple pets!


Cool Cats and Hot Dogs

A Guide to Keeping Your Pets Temperature Stable in the Home

Here in America, summer time and hot dogs seem to go hand-in-hand, but what about hand-in-paw? Dogs – of the furry kind – are prone to heat exhaustion and struggles, just like you and me, and a comfortable temperature inside the home is just as important as keeping them cool outside.  I was recently introduced to this fabulous infographic from Cast Iron Radiators 4U, and wanted to share it with all of you as well!



My Favorite Outsourcing Options

Get More Margin Back in Your Life

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is “How do you get so much done?” I run my own business, I am a partner in a joint venture, and I volunteer about 20 hours a week at my church. It’s no secret that I am a hard worker and I pride myself in efficiency.…but the real secret to my productivity is something that I honestly wish I would have learned many years ago: Outsourcing!

Let’s face it, most entrepreneurs I know are control freaks just like me. We don’t like to let others do things. Oh how I wish I would have given up control long ago! I never wanted to give up control because I held on to the false belief that I could do things better than others, and that it would cost too much to have others help me. Both of these thoughts were wrong! I’ve become the poster child for outsourcing now and my newfound delegating abilities have taught me these two things: