The topic of today is “Should Your Dog Trainer Show off?” I can’t tell you how incredibly blessed I am to be able to do what I do for a living. When I wake up every day, I am grateful for the opportunity to work with dogs for a living. It is really an incredible blessing.
I’ve been at this game now for over 16 years, training my own dogs, and then I’ve been doing this professionally now for eleven years. In that amount of time, you get better at things. There are certain things that you can do that maybe you couldn’t do before.
Bringing You Value
Here’s one thing that’s coming to mind right now. I remember when I used to record my blogs. I had to write a script, and I would get really nervous and didn’t have my full personality in it. But it’s what got me started. Now I can’t wait to get home and talk to you guys about what I experienced during my day in hopes of bringing you some value.
So I was with a client today, and we took her dog out for a walk. He was our last session, and they were doing really well by all stretches of the imagination. But I really wanted to show them how they could continue to elevate their game.
Particularly Good At
One of the things that I’ve been particularly good at as I’ve been training dogs is just playing with them, just being relaxed and playing with the dog in the midst of distractions that would normally get all of the dog’s attention. So I took and handled the dog at an intersection where there were actually dogs across the street behind a fence, and these dogs would charge up to the fence. I wanted to show my client how to keep her dogs attention in those situations.
And it was just amazing for my client to see me interacting with her dog and her dog just really came to life. Watching me interact with the dog and the dog just started to perform beautifully all the different skills I taught throughout the course. I then asked my client to do the same thing, and of course, she couldn’t do it at the same level.
But this is whereas a dog trainer really started to encourage her to be like me, but you do have to practice. And if you keep practicing, you don’t know how good you’ll get, or really the saying is, God only knows how good you’ll get if you keep practicing with your dog.
So the question that should your dog trainer show off? Well, I think it’s okay to show off some if you’re using it to inspire your clients. Inspiring them to what they might be able to do with your own dogs. Now, look, some people say you’re showing off with your own dogs. Well, I’m just trying to get my dogs to become the best they can be. Sometimes it can be impressive to people. Sometimes it’s not.
I show my clients with their own dogs what their dogs are capable of and then going and encouraging them to go and do the same thing and learn how to do those same things. Maybe even better than me. Hopefully, even better than me. That they’ll have one of the best relationships with that particular dog that they’ve ever had.
So that’s my encouragement to you guys today to have fun with your dogs. Use the fundamentals that you’re learning from the YouTube channel, from actually training with me or from the other trainers you’re involved with, and then try to make it as fun as possible for your dog. So that way, they can enjoy the training just as much as I know that I and my dogs do.
I hope this was helpful for you. Please remember you can find more tips like this right here on my website www.longoriahausdogtraining.com.