The Future…

As I go about my duties during my days I often wonder what the future holds.  I’m no fortune teller but I can almost guarantee there will be dogs in my future, always.  I have big plans and ideas for the kennel I run.  Improvements and upgrades in the near future.  I also would like to improve myself as a trainer.  I have said before that I do not believe in only one method of dog training.  Almost everything in life has more than one way to do things.  I see people on social media all the time arguing about who’s method is the best and how other people should be doing things.  I am aware that things change and they way dog trainers were training 50 years ago is considered by most to be outdated and cruel.  I have seen though modern day trainers using those “old school” methods.  They put a spin on things and change the phrasing they use.  I’ve also seen trainers who feel they are so ahead of their time it seems they feel you should be able to telepathically train a dog. 

  I’m open minded enough to know I don’t know everything.  One of my goals this year is to attend more Seminars and Training Workshops hosted by other trainers who specialize in methods other than how I train.  I’m interested to hear trainers explain theory and show how their training method works.  I don’t want to get stuck in a rut and not have options when it comes to training dogs.  And as Sheldon from “The Big Bang Theory”  so nicely pointed out some methods work on people too. 

 Dog training is always evolving, there is no right or wrong.  The sad fact is most people do not even ask how I will train their dog, they just want it done.  But I think I still have room to grow as a trainer.  Some trainers boast about how long they have been in the business or how many dogs they have trained.  In my opinion that really has nothing to do with how good of a trainer you are or can be.  I’ve seen trainers with years of experience and I’ve taught people to train who have never owned a dog in their lives.  It all comes down to heart.  If you want to do it you can.   Sometimes I prefer the people who have never trained or owned a dog, as they tend to be more open minded to methods.  As opposed to the experienced dog trainer/owner who feels that they have done it 1 way for years and it has worked so why change anything??

 Overall I feel like there are lots of good years ahead of me.  Training and trialing my dogs and owning a training and boarding business.  This year I’m looking forward to big changes and lots of fun.