so much to learn

There are so many smart, experienced, and talented certified dog trainers! Some in my surrounding area, many throughout the US and abroad.  I find them online.  I watch their videos and read their blogs.  I audit their training classes.  I haven’t been doing this as long as many of those that I “follow,” so it’s no wonder that I find myself thinking, “hmm… I have so much more to learn!”

I think that, no matter what your profession, you should never stop learning. I realize, of course, that this is not a new revelation. There is something new everyday – new technology, new research, new thought leaders. This is true of any and every industry and discipline.  In my “full-time” career, I am a marketing director for a consumer brand.  Talk about something new everyday, right! With so many ways for consumers to interact with brands, products and services, it is increasingly important that marketers are relevant and present when and where their customers are!  That’s not an easy task.

In many ways, this applies to dog trainers and dog training businesses, too.  When I was a kid, training meant swatting on the nose with a newspaper and using the same newspaper to housebreak.  Thankfully, we  have come a very long way! Through canine studies, brilliant animal behaviorists and the innovative work and theories of many trainers, we now know and continue to discover so many things about dogs that have moved dog training forward.  Our dog are incredible, emotional, intelligent animals and they  should be treated as such.

So, I continue to learn about dogs.  I read.  I attend seminars online and in person. I follow my favorite trainers and behaviorists, like Dr. Ian Dunbar, Patricia McConnell and Dr. Sophia Yin.  I join and participate in organizations like the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild. I register for training classes with my dogs so that we are always learning as a team. Also, I pay attention, I listen and I observe.

If you are reading this it’s probably because you are a dog owner.  What is your favorite way to stay on top of the best ways to keep your dog healthy, active and well-trained?


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