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It's Just Tuesday

When I was a new dog trainer I would spend endless hours daydreaming about where I wanted my company to be one day. I would search the internet for examples of large dog training facilities, kennel designs and training room ideas. I’d follow big names on social media and look on with envy at some of the tools, training aids and equipment they had. In my mind having such an array of “stuff” and training areas seemed like it would be a dog training oasis with endless possibilities.


What I didn’t realize was that while potentially really useful, such a laboratory setting is not enough to help dog owners achieve their goals.


I bought my current home for a very specific reason (other than my wife nagging me to buy it). I wanted to stay close to Columbus, Ohio and I wanted to run my dog training business out of my home vs. a facility. 


My previous home was a 1,200 sq. ft. condo and I could only train 2 dogs at a time. The results I was getting though, my lord. I was killing it. At one point I was booking out almost a year ahead of time. I knew I needed more space, but I wanted to maintain or even improve on the results I was getting with these dogs. One of the reasons for the quality of trained dogs I was producing was the fact that the dogs were living in a normal home environment while they were learning and training. They were getting all this free experience of being polite obedient dogs in a similar environment that they were going to go home to.


If you want to learn Spanish, go live in Spain. I needed to replicate this concept as I scaled up.


Quick History Lesson


For a time lots of dog trainers sought to emulate and adapt training methods from sea world trainers. Lots of lessons were learned, some cool new ways to teach commands were discovered but there was a big problem.


Real life does not exist in a vacuum.


A killer whale or dolphin can be placed in what equates to a giant empty fish tank. No fish, no other members of their species, no changes in the current, nothing. It’s BORING. 


The animal trainer becomes the solution to that boredom. Once the animal realizes that, it’s off to the races. Let the tricks and games begin.


Our dogs don’t live in a bubble. The world gets a say in how day to day experiences go. Having a “classroom” like area (like a training room) to teach new things to a dog is hugely beneficial. You have to expand out of that initial nursery of learning to get reliable results that hold up in the real world however. 


In my home I have something like a mini training facility. I have a finished walk out basement that contains my training room (classroom) and a kennel room for the dogs at night and when they are not with me or one of my trainers. I also have a living room setup in the basement for the dogs to practice good manners and behavior before we go “live”. 

I have a wife, two kids, 3 dogs (and a fourth that I’m raising to sell as a fully trained pet/protection dog). Needless to say, normal home life can at times be chaotic. Once the dogs have reached a certain point in their training they begin to get training sessions upstairs in my home, chaos and all. They’ll be expected to perform commands just as reliably as they did in the training room regardless if there’s kids screaming, dogs running around, people knocking on the door, you name it. The rules don’t change just because the environment did. 

These experiences simply cannot be replicated in a lab-like environment. By training in such a fashion we are setting the dogs up for success with their owners. When they come home to their old living room and company comes over, other household dogs are barking at the delivery guy, kids are running up and down the hallways….it’s not your dog’s first rodeo handling all of those distractions.

It’s just a Tuesday.

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