I’ve finally decided to begin my foray into the world of blogging. As a small business owner, dog behaviorist, mom to two sons under two, and elementary educator, I feel that I bring a relatively unique perspective to dog training. There are already many great blogs out there about dog training, dogs and babies, parenting, and so on, but I want to add my voice and give clients and potential clients a chance to read about my thoughts and training style. There are many, many topics to write about in the world of dog training, and while I can’t wait to get started, it’s also a little overwhelming. I started a “welcoming new baby” blog post, and it developed into so many different bullet points covering such a wide range of topics, that I’ve now decided to break it down into several different posts. You can expect to see those here over the coming weeks.
So, why, with a 17-month-old toddler, an 8-week-old infant, two jobs, three cats, and two dogs, have I decided it is the ideal time to start my own business? In short, because I’m living in the type of situation that I hope to help other people deal with! While I can never have exactly the same experience as someone in another home, with different dogs and different children, I do feel I can empathize with them and have a wealth of relevant experience to draw on!
I also just finished my degree in Behavior Analysis and can finally call myself a behaviorist without hesitation. I can teach you how to train your dog and offer you behavior plans for your pets with a confidence that what I am telling you is truly based on solid, respectable science. There are so many good trainers and so much good information out there, that I really hope to share what’s available and educate people on how to communicate with their dogs. This can be done without attempting to read their dogs’ minds, trying to sort out whether they are the “pack leader,” or channeling some magical “energy” to influence their dogs’ behavior. Behavior is behavior. We now know it’s a science with demonstrated principles, not magic. I can teach you those principles, so you can understand how dogs learn – allowing you to enjoy your dog, your baby, and your whole family dynamic without nearly as much stress. With rewards like that, this seems like a great business to be in!