Who are my clients? What it takes to begin Rewarding Behaviors with your dog…

“A most important key to successful leadership is your ability to direct and challenge the very best that is in those whom you lead.” Anonymous

Anonymous, whomever you are, I couldn’t agree more.  This is the philosophy that guides all my interactions with my clients.

Rewarding Behaviors Dog Training clients love their dogs

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” Dale Carnegie

My clients like having fun with dogs and think life with a dog should be fun for both two and four-legged individuals.

My clients love their dogs.  They are dedicated to the physical, emotional, and behavioral well-being of their canine companions.  Their dogs are members of the family, worthy of respect and compassion.

My clients want a happy, well-behaved dog; and they want to reach that goal without intimidation or harsh training techniques.  My clients insist that their dogs are treated with kindness and compassion at all times, by all people (including pet care professionals).

My clients want their dog to receive a high quality education using only the most advanced, efficient, and dog-friendly training techniques.

Rewarding Behaviors Dog Training clients are busy people

They are people who want effective training techniques that are easily fit into a hectic lifestyle and working schedule.  My clients are doctors, teachers, stay at home moms, students, law enforcement officers, veterinarians, engineers, therapists, soccer moms, shelter and rescue volunteers, competitive BMX bike riders, bartenders, farmers, even other dog trainers!  My clients have “time greedy” occupations and hobbies and therefore demand training plans which are realistic, feasible, and easily achievable.

Rewarding Behaviors Dog Training’s four-legged clients are friends and family members

My clients make spending time with their dogs a priority and know training is an investment in the lifestyle they want to share with their dog.  To my clients, dogs are friends, confidants, camping, hiking or fishing buddies, exercise partners, comedians, couch-snuggling buddies, the world’s best pillows; they are not lawn ornaments or plush toys.

The dogs that I work with remind their owners of the importance to take a bit of time away from that busy schedule to play and have fun.  My clients’ dogs are living, breathing, thinking, feeling, fascinating creatures that exemplify what it means to be “man’s (or woman’s) best friend.”

Rewarding Behaviors Dog Training clients are willing to spend time working with their dogs

“The most practical, beautiful, workable philosophy in the world won’t work – if you won’t.” Zig Ziglar

Because my clients are hard-working people, they understand that nothing of value comes for free.  To see better behaviors from their dogs, my clients may often need to change their own behavior.  It is my job to give them training solutions which can be integrated easily and seamlessly into their busy schedules while promoting the behavioral well-being of their dog and advancing toward their goals.

“Unless you change how you are,you will always have what you’ve got.”  Jim Rohn

Dog behavior and owner behavior are intricately linked.  I provide my clients with the tools, training plans, and knowledge needed to optimize the training team’s success.

Rewarding Behaviors Dog Training clients just need a little guidance

“Life is a unique combination of “want to” and “how to” and we need to give equal attention to both.”
Jim Rohn

Some of my clients are first-time dog owners; others are lifelong dog devotees who are confronted with a behavior concern or issue they’ve never had to address before.  My clients bring me dogs that pull like a freight train on the leash, dogs that have potty problems, extremely fearful dogs, dogs that bark/snarl/lunge at other dogs, dogs that hate being groomed, dogs that run away when called, dogs that chase squirrels, deer, and kitties, dogs that chew everything they can get their teeth on, dogs that are recently rescued and need a little help acclimating to the new home environment.  Regardless of the behavior problem, my clients count on me for consistent, quality, comprehensive training services.

My clients have high expectations for their dog’s behavior and just need some guidance on how to best achieve those goals.

Rewarding Behaviors Dog Training clients are diverse

My two and four-legged clients are diverse.  My human clients may be young children trying to train the family dog or senior citizens, they may walk on both legs or travel the world in a wheelchair.  They may be a family waiting to welcome their first child into the home.  They may be deaf or blind.  They may use training tools they are not comfortable with (pinch collars, choke collars and shock collars) because they don’t know another way to address their dog’s behavior problems or because they have been given misguided or confusing training advice.

My four-legged clients are equally diverse, and may be puppies or senior dogs, conformation champions or puppy mill rescue dogs, they may be blind and/or deaf, and are welcomed regardless of breed, age, or learning history.

As a behavior professional and owner of a “dangerous breed,” I believe that a dog of any breed or mix can be a wonderful companion who is also an exemplary canine citizen provided she receives consistent, gentle training.  Turning down a client due to the breed of their dog is as immoral as turning down a client of another race or religion.

Throughout my training career, I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of species.  I can train a cat, a fish, a chicken, and I can certainly train your Pit Bull, Chow, German Shepherd, Doberman, Shar Pei, etc.  When other trainers turn down dog lovers because of breed prejudice, I welcome these owners and their dogs with enthusiasm.

Rewarding Behaviors Dog Training clients are the best kind of dog owner

You have a right to expect quality services from any professional you hire, including who you choose to train your dog.  Similarly, I have high standards for my clients and choose to accept clients who pursue training success.  As a trainer I am committed to excellence and walk the path to that destination with the clients who have blessed me with the opportunity to work with their wonderful dogs.

If you share my commitment to excellence and need a little help getting your dog off on the right track to great behavior, please contact me at casey@rewardingbehaviors.com and we can begin right away!

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