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Making Accommodations When Training Senior Dogs

Making Accommodations When Training Senior Dogs

As dogs age, their needs change. Meeting those needs can require special considerations during private or class training sessions. Senior dogs may have physical limitations, cognitive decline, and different training and socialization needs compared to younger dogs....

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Outdoor Enrichment: Tips for Creating a Fun Yard and Garden for Your Dog

Outdoor Enrichment: Tips for Creating a Fun Yard and Garden for Your Dog

As a dog trainer, you know how important it is for dogs to have enriching experiences in and around their home. A client’s own backyard can be a marvelous place to begin! Outdoor canine enrichment is an opportunity to engage a dog’s senses, provide mental and physical stimulation, and exercise their natural behaviors. Discover five ways your clients can add beneficial enrichment to their outside space while still protecting their cherished companion from potential outdoor hazards.

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The Art of Gratitude: Why Thanking Your Clients Matters in Dog Training

The Art of Gratitude: Why Thanking Your Clients Matters in Dog Training

As a professional dog trainer, your clients are your livelihood, filling your classes and private training calendar with needed income. Many clients can also become your biggest supporters, referral generators, and even close friends. By reaching out with a heartfelt thanks, you’ll strengthen those relationships, help build your business, and get a lot of personal satisfaction and joy from your work, as well.

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Teach Your Clients to Speak Dog: 10 Ways Dogs Say Nope

Teach Your Clients to Speak Dog: 10 Ways Dogs Say Nope

The family dog is so closely involved in the everyday activities of a household that it’s easy for people to view them as a childlike family member. Unlike a child, however, dogs can’t say “no” when they are frightened or anxious, and their ways of expressing...

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Learning is for Life: Continuing Education for Dog Trainers

Learning is for Life: Continuing Education for Dog Trainers

As an aspiring or professional dog trainer, you certainly want to be a leap and a bound ahead of the crowd to establish yourself as an expert in your profession. Of course you want to be sure you are offering your clients and their dogs the best possible guidance. But...

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The Human Side of Your Dog Training Plan

The Human Side of Your Dog Training Plan

Every trainer quickly learns that dog training isn’t just about the dogs. It means teaching people, too. Your clients need to wrap up each dog training session with enough canine savvy to guide their dog toward success. When they get home, your client may have to...

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Let Your Positive Training Do the Talking

Let Your Positive Training Do the Talking

Prospective dog training clients have no doubt heard a lot of conversation on television and online about different dog training techniques and tools. When they ask why you train the way you do, remember that you have a positive dog trainer superpower…

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