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How to Start a Dog Training Business on Your Own

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Successful dog training business begins with as a good dog trainer.

So you have great interest in dog training and you probably already have some experience under your belt and now you are probably wondering how to start a dog training business on your own.

There is a steadily high demand for dog training services as dog owners have continuously demonstrated their desire to invest in the well being of their dogs.

Starting your own dog training business is a profitable venture that requires a low startup capital. Therefore if you have the skills for training dogs and the interest then this may be the right business for you.

To stand a chance of ever becoming successful in the business of dog training it is very vital to state that your dog training skills is one of the two most vital pillars on which your dog training business will rest; the second pillar being marketing. Even if you are a genius in marketing you will need your dog training skills to sustain the business.

The business of dog training can be a very rewarding venture in addition to the fact that you become your own boss. However to increase your chances of succeeding  in this business you have to take the time to learn all the details that help you create a successful dog training business. This article will provide you with the necessary information on how to start a dog training business on your own.

Dog training business in a general sense is nothing but just a business like any other business and the only difference is that it is a business built around dogs. The reason for this statement is to bring home a reality in the world of business: starting a business is often very challenging and a lot of businesses actually die in the very first year while a higher percentage will not go beyond the fifth year.

The statistics in the USA shows that 30% of small businesses fail in the first year while the failure rate increased to 50% by the fifth year. So if you want to be part of the 20% business owner whose survival beyond the fifth year then you should be prepare to do your home work well before starting out.

It is worth stating that just about anybody can be successful in any business including dog training business if they have the right information. Therefore a struggling business means that the business owner needs more knowledge than he presently has.

A dog training business plan

One of the foremost steps in getting started in the dog training business is to come up with a dog training business plan. A dog training business plan is an effective way of documenting your business goals and strategies for achieving them. It helps you to easily keep track of these goals by monitoring your progress and you can always update these goals as the business evolves.

A dog training business plan is the single most powerful means of selling a dog training business to a willing investor. A well detailed and convincing business plan is the first step in attracting investors into your dog training business.

The executive summary of the dog training business plan is very important because most investors may not initially be willing to go through the entire business plan but will rather go through the executive summary. If an investor finds the executive summary convincing them he will then willing to go through the key areas in the business plan.

When you are starting your dog training business you do not need to spend a lot of time trying to come up with your own business plan, you can easily lay hold of a free sample dog training business plan and alter it to suit your need.

Dog training business name, cards and forms

The next step in starting a dog training business is to come up with a dog training business name that reflects that you are into the business of dog training, so carefully decide on a business name that makes it easy for your customers to know that you are in the business of dog training.

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Dog training business card.

You will also need a well designed dog training business card that will reflects your dog training business and which you should also use as part of branding yourself and your business.

A dog training business forms may also be appropriate when starting a dog training business; the business forms will take care of such things as dog training application, contract agreement, invoice, dog training report card etc.

Then you have to register the business and you will also need to obtain insurance policy for your dog training business.

When you decide that you want to start a dog training business there are two options available:

  1. You can decide to run your dog training business on your location which means that you must have adequate space and dog training equipment. This can be a lot more expensive approach to starting a dog training business and you must have adequate funds to carry through. This is not advisable for a one man dog training business.
  2. This other option is far less expensive and this is the natural route that most beginner dog trainers will opt for. In this option you are operating out of your house and just a room in your apartment or your garage can act as your office.

Confirm your skills

You don’t want to make a failure of your dog training business by jumping right into starting the business only to start seeing your inadequacies. Dog training business is a twofold responsibility for the dog trainer; on one half you provide canine training and on the other hand you will be providing training for the dog owners by teaching them how to train their dog.

This is the core responsibility of the dog trainer and you need to be double sure that you are good on the job. Often time aspiring dog trainers will look forward to established dog trainer for apprenticeship and this is the best approach to find out how you will perform on the job. Apprenticeship will give you a close to real life experience of what the job will feel like when you are out in the field.

So the reasonable thing is to make an effort to see if you can get an established dog trainer that you can learn from but if you are unable to get an established dog trainer in order to try out your dog training skills, you should at least try and have your dog training skills evaluate by a third party.

It is very easy for you to think of yourself as an excellent dog trainer and that may be true based on the results of dogs that you have trained. But as earlier stated dog training is twofold, if you lack the skill to communicate the training skills to your client then you cannot consider yourself as a good dog trainer.

The option of trying out a third party involves offering your service for free to one or two dog owners in exchange for their honest and blunt feedback, this will give you a fair idea of how your clients may perceive your training abilities. While this may be an expensive venture the result that you get from this exercise will be very helpful and it can also boost your confidence.

Because you are offering you service in exchange for valuable feedback in order to get a third party assessment, it should not be difficult to get the right dog owners to work with. Make sure you do not choose someone that is close to you and try and assess the dog owners you want to work by asking them a few question.

Go for dog lovers that have the least dog training skills and worse dog behavioral problem. And because this is meant to be a test bed for you, you don’t want to give out the farm just some fruits from the farm. This means that the training is meant to provide significant and obvious result for them but not solve the entire dog problem.

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How to Train a Dog: Simple Tips for Training Your Dog

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How to train a dog.

There is certainly more than one way to train your dog, and dog training does not have to be a chore if you will take the time to learn the simply ways of how to train a dog.

Training your dog should be part of your daily relationship with your dog which takes away the work out of it and your dog will gradually evolve into a better behaved and social pet.

A well trained dog will enhance the bond between both of you and improve the quality of her life.

Different people hold different views when it comes to training their dog.

Views as diverse as:

  • Using a reward to encourage your dog during training.
  • Be firm with your dog so that she will know that she cannot get away with bad behavior.
  • Assert yourself as the pack leader.

Whatever may be the approach, the bottom line is that you want a well behaved and cultured dog that you will be proud of both in private and in public. A dog that will not chase after every moving thing or barks at every opportunity among many other good behaviors that a dog will benefit from proper training.

What you may not realize is that in your daily relationship with your dog, you are already providing some training for her without knowing it. For instance every time you call your dog by name and she comes to you, then your dog already understands the come command you only need to associate it with the word “COME”.

The key is understanding how your dog learns

A lot of dog owner complain that their dog will not listen to them. But then how will your dog listen to you if she does not understand what you are talking about any more than a human being will continue to pay attention to someone that is supposedly speaking to her in a foreign language.

In the same vein if you want your dog to listen to you then you have to understand how she learns. This will enable you to communicate effectively with her.

One of the primary ways that dogs learn is through the consequences of their behavior and their future behavior is determined by the nature of the consequences.

Like humans, animals (dog inclusive) will make effort to get the good things of life and avoid the unpleasant – this is where the power of effective communication with your dog resides.

If the behavior of your dog results in immediate reward (whatever the reward may be), then your dog will make effort to repeat that behavior so that she can get the reward. It is important that the reward come immediately after the good behavior so that she can associate the reward with her good behavior.

The consequences of your dog’s behavior either positive or negative must not just be immediate but must be consistent.

If her behavior results unfavorable consequences such as being ignored then she will strive not to repeat such behavior.

Obedience Training for Dogs: Basic Dog Training Tips

There are two major types of dog training, which are behavioral dog training and obedience training for dogs.

Behavioral dog training is aimed at correcting the bad habits of your dog such as car chasing, jumping, chewing, furniture jumping etc.

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Get your dog’s attention.

It is very essential to be consistent during behavioral training, so that you do not end up confusing your dog. For instance do not allow your puppy on the bed if you will not be willing to allow her on the bed when she is older.

Obedience training for dogs however is getting your dog to obey specific commands such as come, sit, stay and also teaching it to heel.

Obedience training for dogs should be no longer than 10-15 minutes for about 2 or 3 times daily, otherwise your dog might get bored if each training session last beyond 15 minutes. Puppies in particular have a short attention span.

Obedience training for dogs opens up a channel of communication between the dog owner and his dog since effective communication is essential in order to instruct the dog on what is expected of her.

Tips for obedience training for dogs

A very important aspect of obedience training for dogs is to reward your dog during training for good behavior; this will greatly enhance the learning rate of your dog.

Before you issue a command to your dog like come, sit, heel or stay etc learn to first call his name in order to get his attention. For your dog to master obedience training you will have to patiently repeat the same command several times before your start seeing results.

If you are unhappy with the poor performance of your dog during training make sure that your frustration or anger never shows up in your tone of voice because dogs can feel human emotions and will therefore start associating the training with your frustration.

When you issue training commands to your dog make sure you always let it out loud and clear repeating them as often as possible, by so doing your dog will soon start associating the sound of those command words with the corresponding meaning, at which point you will start seeing results that will gladden your heart.

Obedience training for dogs should always start out with the heel command as it teaches your dog the fundamental skills needed to be a good follower. Because dogs are pack animals, the heel command establishes you as the pack leader in the eyes of your dog which will make the other aspects of the training a lot easier as your dog learns to follow you as its leader.

Never be in a hurry to get your dog to master obedience training commands, otherwise you will get everything messed up. Patiently teach one obedience command after the other and only move to the next command when it is pretty obvious to all and sundry that your dog has mastered the command.

Basic dog training commands:

Sit command

The sit command is a very easy skill to teach a dog. It is also of the commands that make it easy to manage a dog because a dog that is able to sit on command is easier to bring under control than a dog that is yet to learn the command.

Teach a dog to sit on command

Get down to your dog’s level – face to face – and with a treat in hand that is held just about an inch over his nose and not any further because you don’t want your dog jumping to reach it. The treat is the trick that you will use to teach your dog to sit on command.

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Teach your dog the sit command.

Get his attention on the treat while holding it slightly over his nose, and then gradually move the treat toward the top of his head backwards while he will naturally track it with his nose and eye until it is held in a position that will force your dog to sit.

The moment he sits, say the sit command with excitement like “SIT!!!” and hand him the treat. The reason behind your excited response is to show your approve of what he has done by sitting while at the same time you are associating the action of sitting with the word SIT. Never forget to always mention the obedience training command word every time your dog responds to the command.

If for whatever reason you are unable to get your dog to the sitting position as just described then use the other hand to gently guide him to sit at point when you think he ought to have sat down. Every other thing reminds the same.