Do What You Love….Love What You Do

I want to share something with you that I’ve been thinking about a lot this last week. You know I get a lot of people calling and telling me that they want to be a dog trainer because they hate their jobs and they don’t like what their doing. They want to find something else that they can enjoy. You know it makes me realize that I am probably the luckiest man in the world because I love what I do, plain and simple. And like that old saying goes “if you love what you do you’ll never have to work a day in your life. That’s what the dog training business has done for me. I really sincerely love what I’ve been able to do all these years. If working with dogs is a passion for you, you can be in the same position where you can enjoy getting up every morning and doing what you love instead of getting up every morning and going to work.

And then over the last 20+  years I’ve had the opportunity to teach people what it is that I do, and that I love so much. My programs have helped 100’s of people get into the dog training business and do the same thing. The great thing about our coaching programs is that they teach you how to setup your dog training business without taking a long time to do it. With our programs you will have it all outlined for you so you don’t have to re-invent the wheel to create a successful business for yourself.

Learn To Train Bed Bug Dogs

If you are a dog trainer or not surely you have heard about the Bed Bug epidemic that seems to be affecting the U.S.  Bed bug dogs have become a big deal and in demand as much as drug dogs have been in the past.

If you want to add another revenue stream to your business by selling bed bug dogs or by starting a bed bug dog detection service there is a great new program that can help you accomplish your goal.

This program is designed to train you to enter the Bed Bug Detector Dog business either as a handler or as a trainer. It is also perfect for any Pest Control Company that wants to train their own dog for Bed Bug inspections.

In the six week program you will learn how to train a Bed Bug Detection Dog.  We also have a section on business, where we teach you to start your own business selling bed bug dogs or starting a bed bug detection service.

If detection work interests you take a look at this program at:
http://k9-university.com/programs/bed_bug.html

If you want a trained dog but are not interested in training your own take a look at: http://www.bedbugdogs.com

Until next time……….

Training Drug Detection Dogs

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If you are interested in dog training you may want to consider becoming a drug dog trainer. Training dogs for drug detection can be a very lucrative business. Not only are dogs trained for law enforcement, but dogs can also be trained for private detection companies. These companies search businesses, schools and homes for different kinds of contraband.

Whether for law enforcement or for private detection, drug detection dogs are trained to give an alert when they detect a specified odor. Substances can include marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, opium and other things. They can even be trained to detect prescription medications such as Xanax. Some dogs are taught to scratch at the source of the odor (aggressive alert) while other dogs are taught to sit (passive alert). Various dogs are used, from German Shepherd Dogs to Labradors.

Using drug detection dogs for private detection work, such as searching schools, has been shown to have a great deterrent value. These programs place the emphasis on prevention.

In addition to businesses, schools and homes, drug detection dogs can be used in many other places. They can be taken to parking lots to search cars, they can be taken through school buses, and they can go to different events. The dogs and handlers are mobile and not restricted so they can go anywhere people could hide drugs.

Parents can also have drug detection dogs visit their home. In these cases, if drugs are found, many companies provide information to the family about rehab and other resources so the family can handle the situation privately. Companies often advertise their confidentiality. The companies are not affiliated with law enforcement.

Both dogs and handlers require training and work as a team, opening more training possibilities for dog trainers.

Drug detection dogs are typically trained using positive reinforcement. Trainers may play with them and ask them to find toys that have a slight scent of different narcotic or illicit drugs on them. Drug detection companies usually maintain a range of registered samples for training purposes. Some drug detection dogs may be trained in tracking as well.

Many drug detection companies also offer detection dogs for sale. These dogs have been carefully chosen and very highly trained. Selling them is a very lucrative side of the business.

Dog Trainers Help Save Dogs

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Dog ownership in the United States is at an all-time high. There are more than 75 million pet dogs in the United States and the number increases each year. At the moment many people are obtaining dogs and puppies from animal shelters and rescues. This means that the dogs may not have had the best start in life. Unlike puppies which come from dedicated breeders, puppies and dogs in shelters and rescues may have been abandoned or abused. They may not have been socialized. They may already have had one or more homes and been dumped by owners when they displayed some behavior that the owner couldn’t solve. In some cases these “behavior problems” may not be serious at all. However, with first time dog owners the behavior, such as a housebreaking issue or too much barking, may be enough to land the dog in the pound.

In this environment there is enormous opportunity for good dog trainers to help owners and dogs. Whether you offer private consultations for specific behavior problems, puppy kindergarten classes for socialization, group obedience classes, or other training, you can help dogs learn to adjust to their homes. This means they can be saved from another trip to the animal shelter where they could be put to sleep. You can literally save a dog’s life by proper training. Well-trained dogs keep their homes. Untrained dogs are much more likely to be dumped and put to sleep. Once a dog has a reputation as a problem dog it’s less likely that anyone will want to adopt him. There are too many dogs available that don’t have that strike against them yet.

In most cases it’s just as important to train the owner as it is the dog. The dog may not be able to learn what he’s supposed to do because the owner isn’t communicating effectively. Your training for both owner and dog can save the relationship.

Some shelters have discovered that if they offer some basic training classes after adoption that owners who attend are much more likely to keep their dogs. Just a few basic lessons in how to handle common dog problems is enough to help them manage the issues they may face at home with their new dogs.

Unfortunately many people who get cute puppies play with them for a few weeks only to discover that the puppy has trouble learning to be housebroken, or continues to chew on people or things, or jumps up on people, or any of a dozen other ordinary dog behaviors. The puppy isn’t bad. The puppy is doing things that are natural for him. But there is a breakdown in communication between what the owner wants the dog to do and what the puppy understands. Too often the result is that people take these young dogs back to the shelter. As they get older it gets harder and harder to adopt them out and they are more likely to be put to sleep.

As a dog trainer you are in a position to help these owners and their dogs. It’s a great feeling when you know that you have helped to save a dog’s life by teaching him and his owner how to understand each other.

2013 Is The Year To Become A Dog Trainer

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I want you to know that if you have a true passion for working with dogs there has never been a better time to do it. The pet industry is set to do over $52 billion dollars in sales this year. I talk to dog trainers all over the country and everyone I talk to tells me that business is better than ever. I have experienced that same thing with my dog training business here in Nashville.

Things may be tough right now but people are still spending money on man’s best friend, the family dog. Don’t put it off any longer ….get off the fence and get started with your own dog training business. Take a look at these outstanding dog training programs.

www.k9-university.com – online programs and “Live” programs in Nashville

www.learntotraindogs.com – 4, 6, and 12 week programs in Austin, Texas

www.dogtrainercoach.com – an online membership training program

Good luck and make 2013 the best year you have ever had….your family deserves it.

Become A Dog Trainer !

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Like any other important skill, becoming a professional dog trainer can’t be learned overnight. It takes time and a great deal of hands-on experience with dogs and their owners. But there are some things you can do to get started on the path of becoming a professional dog trainer.

Experts recommend the following:

1. There are many dog training schools these days. Some are good and some aren’t. Be sure to check out any school that you are thinking of attending. Do you have access to the instructor? Check out our programs at www.K9-University.com/programs .

2. Attend seminars, workshops and conferences on dog training and behavior. These programs are usually relatively inexpensive and they allow the participants to get first-hand information from recognized experts in the field. Many dog training seminars are now offered online so you don’t have to travel.

3. You should also read books on the subject of dog training and dog development. Read as much as possible but don’t believe everything you read. Remember that every author has his own viewpoint. When you read about one training technique you should also read other authors who practice different techniques. Being well-read in dog matters, in general, it will help you as an all-around dog person. And, you should read more than just dog training material. Familiarize yourself with dog books on breeds, nutrition, canine sports — every aspect of dogs. You are considering making dogs your life’s work. Become an expert on them.

4. Watch videos of other trainers to observe their approaches to training. Again, you don’t have to agree with everything you see, but you should be aware of what’s going on in the dog world.

5. Consider volunteering at local animal shelters. This is a good way to practice some of your training skills and the shelter will be very appreciative. Dogs which have received some basic training in manners are more likely to be adopted and stay in their new homes.

It can take years of hard work and hard study to become a dog trainer. Enrolling in a good dog trainer programs can get you started without re-inventing the wheel. We never stop learning about dogs. Everyone has to start at the beginning and learn the basics.

You can learn to be a professional dog trainer by studying under trainers in courses, seminars and workshops as described here. Study dog training and dogs by reading everything you can find. Take a good course. If you follow these guidelines and continue to practice your skills, you will make it as a professional dog trainer.