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Before Setting Goals for the Coming Year – Take A Look Back

It's the time of year for setting goals. For many of us, the arrival of New Year's Day prompts visions of a new start and ambitious plans. But in order to successfully set goals that will move your business forward, it's important to start by looking back, into the...

Don’t Let Fear Of Failure Hold You Back Next Year

If you have some down time, this time of year can be a good opportunity to review the past 12 months and set some plans and goals for 2023. But, before you go there, I wanted to re-publish this essay from a couple of years ago about reframing failure. Reframing...

“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...
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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Moving the needle in your dog training business

As dog trainers we have more to do and more on our minds when there are more clients, classes and appointments.    There are some goals that we go after with jet fuel in our veins and then burnout when either we don't see quick results or when we actually get...

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The Five Pillars of a Successful Business

The Five Pillars of a Successful Business

As we prepare to close out the first quarter of 2021, many of us have now finished up our 2020 financials, prepared and filed our taxes from last year and are taking the time to reflect on our business. How did yours do? "You can't see where you are going without...

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Adding More Services. Is It Time?

Adding More Services. Is It Time?

As dog trainers, we often open our business and hit the ground running. We take on as many clients as we can, work a random assortment of hours, and try to bring in as much money as we can. Telling ourselves “someday” we might have a building, more services, or...

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Who are you as a leader in your business?

Who are you as a leader in your business?

In the dog training world the word "Leadership" has been abused and misused every chance a trainer gets. This often leads to a lesser understanding of what it means to be a leader in our lives and our businesses.  As business owners we should separate our...

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CARES Act for Dog Trainers

CARES Act for Dog Trainers

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the federal government passed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has published a short guide to the programs and initiatives that...

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