CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5
“Our job is to teach people to train their dogs.” It sounds so logical. After all, it’s the clients who live with the dogs, and they need to know what to do when the trainer leaves. But the logic of this notion ignores critical realities: Most dog owners don’t want to become amateur trainers—they want to hire someone to fix a problem for them. And most dog owners don’t have the mechanical skills, the time, or the drive to follow through with the process of learning and applying dog training exercises to achieve their goals. (Is it really reasonable to expect we can teach clients to train their dogs and solve behavior problems in a handful of one-hour sessions?) Given these limitations, the logic of teaching owners to train their own dogs crumbles.
The coaching approach lies at the heart of the many frustrations and limitations trainers face—unfinished cases, poor compliance and income, and twinges of doubt that all contribute to feelings of burnout and lack of efficacy. In this web seminar Veronica Boutelle of dog*tec explores the limitations of coaching and presents win-win-win R+ alternatives for trainers, dog owners, and the dogs themselves.
Veronica is the founder of dog*tec, the dog pro industry’s leading business consultancy, through which she has been helping dog trainers help dogs since 2003. She is the author of How to Run a Dog Business: Putting Your Career Where Your Heart Is and the co-author of Minding Your Dog Business: A Practical Guide to Business Success for Dog Professionals, and writes on business topics for many dog training industry journals. Veronica is a sought-after speaker at conferences and dog training schools across the country and internationally. She has recently spoken to positive reinforcement trainers at conferences and seminars in countries as diverse as Chile, Australia, Spain, New Zealand, and the UK.
As former Director of Behavior & Training at the San Francisco SPCA, and as a dog training business owner before that, Veronica understands what it means to be a dog trainer first hand—the daily worries about everything from client compliance to financial security, the unique challenges of a “flexible” schedule that requires evenings and weekends, and the struggle to balance clients and training with the minutiae of running a business—and to balance all of that with a rich non-work life. Her background as a trainer, her business expertise, and her work as an educator put Veronica in a unique position to help professional dog trainers learn to become as skilled in business as they are as trainers—and that means more dogs’ lives touched by positive training.
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