A Letter to My Students, Past, Future, and Present
Updated: Aug 28
I don't take things lightly in life. Pretty much anyone that knows me knows that I care deeply about a lot of things. Dog training is no different.
I understand that when a person comes to me seeking training advice, they can be at their wits end and ready to give up. They could also be brand new to the pet world and everything is overwhelming. Dogs have this connection with us that is hard to explain, yet so easy to understand. Sometimes this connection gets confusing or the language barrier is hard to overcome. That is where I come in and the reason I have met essentially each and every one of you.
Throughout my many years of dog training, one thing has always stuck out to me. By helping the person understand their dog better, the opposite happens as well and a beautiful relationship of love and understanding blossoms. This is why I do what I do.
My job is not easy however. Working with multiple species who all speak a different language is not always as fun as it may seem. Especially when the dog has aggression or reactive tendencies. Many of my students understand this from first hand experience. It is not all fun when trying to help your dog cope with a big and scary world. Sometimes they mess up. Sometimes we mess up. Such is life and such is being a living, breathing creature. These moments are inevitable and remembering to take the bad with the good is important. I strive to help each of my students become their dog's advocates and speak up for them and their fears, curiosities, joys, and everything in between because they can't do it for themselves. In a world that largely doesn't understand the true nature of how dogs (or any animal) learns and thinks, I hope that my students can leave with empathy for how their dog feels.
I know the training is not always easy, and I know that management can be hard to do. Despite all of this, you all trust me and the advice I give, and do what needs to be done to help your dogs feel safer, calmer, and more confident. The work you put into your dogs and training programs I create for you never goes unnoticed. Your dedication to helping your pets always puts a smile on my face and is the reason I do what I do.
I want my students to know just how much I would do for them. I hope that every time we meet they can hear it in my voice. I would move mountains if I could for my students. The trust each and every one of you have put into me to help bridge the gap between you and your pets is amazing!
Please know that I will continue to educate myself on the necessary things I need to know, I will continue to be empathetic and not judgmental, I will be honest and I won't lead you astray. My goal has always been to help bridge the gap between human and dog, and I hope that you all will continue to let me live out my dream.
I just want to say thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Not everyone gets to do what they truly want to do in life, and you have made it so I can. Thank you!