It came up that I was a dog trainer and he asked me immediately if I could run group classes in their building.
“You could start tomorrow if you want,” he said. “There are plenty of folks needing dog training pretty bad.”
After chatting a bit more I was warming to the idea but I asked him,
“Well how do you even know if I’m any good?”
He responded, “I’ve been watching you work with that dog around this store for the past twenty minutes. I can tell exactly what kind of trainer you are.”
That was six years ago and I’m still teaching those group classes today.
I’ll be honest with you. Group dog training obedience classes aren’t for everyone. If you’ve got a dog with some bigger problems then a group setting isn’t going to be your best bet at first.
But at a very minimum, every single dog owner in the greater Charlotte area should be taking their dog to at least a group obedience class for dogs. Even if you’ve had dogs before. Even if your spouse swears he knows what he’s doing and he’ll ‘get around to training the dog this weekend’. Even if you think you know the basics.