On Dogs, Disappointment, Dilemmas and Decisions

The Dog When I volunteered to raise an Assistance Dog puppy I thought I had prepared myself for the job at hand.  It wasn’t a job as such. It was a journey of learning and professional enhancement that I wanted to pursue. I have a special interest in Assistant Dogs. I have shared a home with a fully trained Assistance Dog. My background as a physiotherapist has given me insight into the physical limitations imposed upon so many people with various movement, pain related and physical restrictions to the extent that I wanted to explore first-hand how dogs were trained…

Why training The Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan’s way is dangerous

The Dog whisperer Cesar Millan has been a hit on National Geographic for over 10 years now. His rise to stardom has seen him release several books, and he is the star of 3 TV shows. All these shows and books are centered around his philosophy on dog training and behaviour. His show is also broadcasted in more than 80 countries – he is basically the face of modern dog training. And yet his methods are so outdated. Like many other people when I first watched the dog whisperer – maybe 8 years ago or so – my response was…

Featured Business: Canine Cuddles

What does it take to open and start your own pet care business?  Sarah Goldberg is about to take her years of experience in managing and running childcare centers and start her own dog day care center in Balcatta, Western Australia. The location will have an indoor and outdoor area, with spaces for puppies, a rest area, different sizes dogs and interlocking fences to ensure everything is planned and safe. Meet Sarah, from Canine Cuddles.

Absent Pet-Mum and a Sick Fur Kid

For those that don’t know me personally I have spent the last four weeks in the uk. It’s always exciting to go away and meet new people and experience new things. I got to meet new cats, Flapjack and Topsy and check out the local vet when we took Flapjack to the vet for her thyroid check up. Before you go though there’s always the issue of who do you trust with your pets before you go away.

The Litter Or The Pee Pad

Here I am in the UK visiting a friend and of course he has cats. Leaving my three home was a challenge but having two here has eased my kitty withdrawals quite a lot. Upon arrival at the house I saw something that had been mentioned but not really thought about; The kitty litter trays didn’t have litter in them; they had absorbent puppy toilet training pads set up in the bottom. Now as an avid cat fan I was a little taken aback when I first heard of this. What no litter? The kitties can’t dig and bury, it’s…

5 Things Successful Dog Pros Do

What makes the difference between dog businesses that thrive and those that only survive? Here are the top 5 things we teach our clients to do: 1 Actively market If you’re not willing to market your business, you’re running the race with your shoelaces tied together. These days people have lots of dog businesses to choose from; if they don’t know you’re there, they can’t choose you.

Sponsorship- The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Pt 2

Last week we discussed some of the pitfalls and potential in seeking or providing sponsorship. A couple of comments on the facebook page post sharing this article went along the lines of “I hope not too many local businesses read this, or we’ll never get sponsorship for our next show”. I’m not going to apologise for writing that article, because it’s based on the cold hard reality of business. What I will do in this article, and the 3rd part is to demonstrate to you if you are an event organiser or an individual looking for sponsorships that there is…

Going Pro- Working Full Time With Dogs Making A Real Living

Do you want to work with dogs full time, but can’t see how? Do you struggle part time, telling yourself you’ll keep the other job just until the training really takes off? It’s a common refrain. Coaching and supporting dog businesses for a living, I’ve seen every kind of business model and every type of owner, from wildly successful full-timers to weekend hobbyists. Mostly, though, dog pros work part or full time at other jobs, and run a dog business on the side, hoping it will one day support them.

Stop Coaching, Start Training

The Case for Day Training We trainers often feel frustrated by unfinished cases and low client compliance—endemic issues in our industry—leading us to describe owners as lazy, uncommitted, unskilled, uncaring, cheap. Alternately, we internalize the failure and blame poor results on our own shortcomings. Neither explanation is fair nor helpful. We have learned to stop blaming the dog and just get on with training him. It’s time to leave behind feeling guilty and reproaching clients, pinpoint the true problems, and focus on solutions. Coaching is the Culprit The heart of the trouble is our coaching approach, our religious insistence on…

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet Business

The start of a new year is a hectic time for your pet business, but it’s also a great time to make strong resolutions that are going to help your business to improve. You might have many goals in mind already, such as gaining new customers, learning new things, and networking. When making resolutions, you need to focus on what is going to help your business to grow, no matter what field of the pet industry you are in. Sometimes though, it’s difficult to decide which resolutions are going to benefit your business the most. There are 5 resolutions that…