On this episode of The Modern Dog Trainer Podcast, we had Nick Hof on to discuss the many aspects of branding and marketing your dog training business as well as how to stay efficient and professional in your work. Nick has an extremely impressive business presence online and has extensive knowledge and awareness of how his business appears to others. Listen in as we discuss best branding practices and many other tips to help you look and work efficient and professional.
Nick Hof owns Paws Look Listen in Cincinnati, OH offering in-home training for behavior and manners. He is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy, the Vice Chair for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, is a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer, a Certified Behavior Consultant-Knowledge Assessed, and Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed. Nick enjoys working with other trainers, helping them to develop a better image and business practices.
On this episode we had Alex Andes on the show to discuss the positives and negatives of partnering with animal shelters as a dog trainer. Alex has extensive experience working with shelters and has experience with many different aspects of partnering with organizations like this. Listen in as we discuss the many aspects of working with an animal shelter and how to create a mutually beneficial relationship between trainer and shelter.
Peach on a Leash owner and head trainer, Alex Andes, has been training dogs and studying dog behavior for nearly a decade. She attended the University of Georgia, where she began honing her training skills while helping improve the behavior of local shelter dogs to reduce euthanasia rates. She graduated with honors in 2012 and worked as both a pet adoption counselor and an assistant dog trainer before being offered a job with celebrity dog trainer Victoria Stilwell of Animal Planet’s “It’s Me or the Dog.”
Alex traveled the world with Victoria and had the opportunity to learn from her in all facets of training and behavior for over four years before deciding to pursue her dream of launching Peach on a Leash. Their work together allowed Alex the opportunity to work hands-on with both pet dogs and working dogs, including police dogs and accelerant detection dogs. Alex is currently furthering her studies through the prestigious Jean Donaldson Academy for Dog Trainers. She currently offers private training, group classes, board & train, and other training programs to clients in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia.
As the Official Training Partner of Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters, Alex is responsible for overseeing the training and enrichment of over 80 shelter dogs. She is also active in the rescue community, working with Atlanta Boxer Rescue, Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, and others.
She shares her home with her husband Will, who is a police K-9 officer, and their beloved dogs.
On this episode we had Audrey Ann Low on the show to discuss starting a new dog training business and the challenges involved with it. Audrey just started her dog training business at the middle of May 2017, and has encountered all kinds of challenges along the way. Listen in as we discuss the challenges of starting and marketing a brand new dog training business.
Audrey Ann Low is the founder of Harenhaus K-9 in the Triangle of North Carolina. She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, her primary interests lie in training working dogs and enhancing the human-animal bond within all types of human-canine relationships. Since training her first therapy dog in 2004, she has been involved with numerous shelter and rescue organizations, as foster mom, dog walker, and obedience instructor.
On this episode we had a member of our Facebook Group, Jeffrey McClure, on the show to discuss the challenges of starting a new dog training business in a rural area. It is hard enough to get a dog training business going in the city, even more so in less populated areas, here are some ways to get your business off the ground in a smaller area.
Jeffrey McClure is the founder of Bangarang Bowwows dog training and pet services in Scottsbluff, NE. He has been training for around a year and is dealing with average business starting problems, plus the problem of living in a mostly rural area, where dogs are property. He is finding it hard to charge a rate that he can actually live off of. He is looking forward to hearing some business practices that could help him out.
On this episode, we had Laura McGaughey and Courtney Kirman on the show to discuss the things you should consider if you’re thinking about bringing a business partner into your training business. There are a lot of things to consider before bringing in a business partner into the mix, here are some things to consider before bringing someone else into your business.
Laura McGauhey and Courtney Kirman run Delightful Doggies in Lakewood, Colorado where they specialize in helping dogs with fear, anxiety, reactivity, over arousal, and aggression.
Laura is the owner and head trainer at Delightful Doggies. A Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), her specialty is working with reactive, fearful and aggressive dogs. She obtained her CPDT-KA certification in October, 2014, and certifications as a dog trainer and veterinary assistant from Animal Behavior College in August, 2012 and January, 2013, respectively.
In March, 2013 Laura also achieved primary certification in TAGteach. She is also a professional member of the Pet Professional Guild and co-founder of the Colorado Progressive Reinforcement Trainers group, dedicated to adhering to and promoting force-free training methods.
Laura started on her career path as a dog trainer after spending time as a shelter volunteer. Through the shelter’s training program, she found a whole new love and purpose, and vowed to learn as much as possible about dog training and behavior so she could work to keep more dogs in their homes and out of the shelter and rescue system.
A native of Kentucky, Laura relocated permanently to Denver in 1996 and currently resides in Lakewood with her husband, Chris, and her three dogs, Jasper the “fluffy butt shelter mutt,” Hidalgo the Chihuahua and Kali the terrier mix. Together they enjoy hikes in the hills and doing nose work both for fun and competition.
Courtney Kirman, owner of Tender Hands Animal Training, has dedicated her life to improving the lives of pets and their people. Her passion and affinity for animals was present from a very early age. Courtney has been studying dog obedience since 2006, when a young Husky named Bailey entered her life. Courtney worked as a dog trainer for a large commercial chain before breaking out on her own and discovering the powerful benefits of the Tellington TTouch approach. TTouch was the missing link that Courtney felt was needed to truly help pets and their people. Courtney believes in a positive and gentle approach to pet training that will build a relationship of trust and respect between animals and the people they share their lives with. She is a native of Arizona and a University of Arizona Alumni. Courtney’s passions include animal rescue, hiking, and being in nature with her adopted Brittany and Bluetick Coonhound.
Rachel Golub and her husband, Dillon Horgur, run San Diego Animal Training, a facility that specializes in a variety of behavioral training, including working with aggression cases and board and trains. Rachel started her animal training career at the Escondido Humane Society in 2008. She began as an Adoptions Counselor and was quickly promoted to Assistant Trainer in the Behavior Department. Rachel went on to apprentice under some of the top trainers in Southern California, receiving her certification as a Professional Dog Trainer from the CCPDT in 2010, and in 2016 she received her Certified Dog Behavior Consultant certification through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.