All very quickly. All because I was learning exactly how dogs think, exactly what motivates them. What guides their behavior and dictates whether it goes to the ‘dark side’ or whether it is happy, great behavior.
As I was running my group dog training lessons, I would increasingly hear my clients asking me things like, “Hey, this is great stuff, Glenn. But this is my busy season at work. I think I bit off more than I could chew with this dog. Do you think you could just take him and get him trained?”
Or things like, “My dog is definitely making progress. But I realize it’s going to take more than I can do to get him there. Could you just take him and train him?”
I’ll be honest.
At first I didn’t like the idea.
My ‘dog training education’ up until that point had always dictated that the owner should be the one training the dog.
I didn’t want owners to be lazy. I didn’t want owners to not take ownership over their dog’s training. You know what I mean?
But as I thought about it I realized some things.
When I want my car fixed, I take it in.
As a lifelong teacher and educator parents had been sending me their kids to learn for decades.
Sometimes when I want that meal cooked just right I order it.
And the list goes on.
Just because I want something done well it doesn’t mean that I have to be the one doing it. That’s what experts in their fields are for.
So I started taking on a few clients here or there. Bringing their dog to live in my home, around my family, with my dogs. And I would train them.
But I had some rules. If I was going to do something like this I wanted to make sure I was doing it right.