Christina Schenk-Hargrove

“For Better And For Worse” – Creating A Business Partnership

Did you start out as a dog trainer because of your passion for dogs? Many dog trainers feel so strongly about the human-animal bond that they decide to devote their career (life?) to working with dogs, As a result, their business is their passion, and it's difficult...

Even Out The Ups and Downs of Business Ownership

One frustrating thing about owning your own dog training business is dealing with the inevitable ebb and flow of clients.  One day you're drumming your fingers, waiting for clients to call, the next you're booked out six weeks in advance and then just when you least...

The Very First Step To Starting A Dog Training Business

Starting a new business is an exciting time. As a new trainer, you want to get started training dogs, but you know that you need to get your business and legal "pups" in a row, first. But where to start? Should you form your LLC, choose a name, decide what services to...
Business Names, Logos and Trademarks

Business Names, Logos and Trademarks

For many business owners, naming their business and designing a logo sounds like fun in the beginning, but can become complicated very quickly.  In truth, it’s an important step that is more about planning than fun, but that can grow into a valuable asset and a source...

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What’s in a Waiver?

What’s in a Waiver?

Liability waiver:  A legal contract intended to reduce the chance of a lawsuit being filed against you or your business, or to reduce the amount that can be recovered, by shifting liability for your negligence to your client.  Also called a "release," because the...

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Planning For Catastrophe

Planning For Catastrophe

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the best thing you can do for your business longevity is to make a plan for when things go wrong. When a client asks me what to do first when starting a new business, I tell them to think about insurance. Ask yourself, what...

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