Successful Dog Trainer Panel Discussion

We recently hosted a dog trainer panel discussion over in our free facebook group with several members of our Trainer's Growth Group - Brianne Harris, Crystal Partain, Janet Parker and Liz MacHaffie! We talked about how they got to where they are today and what's...

“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...
Case Study: The Freckled Paw

Case Study: The Freckled Paw

Case study: Crystal Partain, The Freckled Paw. On target to reach a goal of $150,000 in 2021. Summary: Crystal started working in a vet clinic, cleaning kennels, at 16 years old. She worked her way up, and by the time she went to college a few years later, she knew...

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Get More Done: How to Set (and stick to!) Systems for Getting More Done

Get More Done: How to Set (and stick to!) Systems for Getting More Done

When you work for yourself, you’re not just a dog trainer… you’re a business owner. And that means doing a whole lot more than just training dogs.

Yet so often, even when we have the best of intentions, the tasks that need to happen for our business that aren’t directly related to the work we need to do every day for our clients — things like marketing, answering emails, or reconciling receipts — fall by the wayside. We know they’re important. We know they need to happen. Yet they never seem to get done.

That’s fine… for a while. But when those types of tasks get put off for too long, problems begin to emerge.

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Contracts for Business Owners 101

Contracts for Business Owners 101

Contract law was a full-year course when I went to law school.  While I found it fascinating, I understand that most people would rather spend all day washing dog saliva out of empty food toys.  But, as a business owner, it’s important that you have a basic...

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Streamline your sales process

Streamline your sales process

A few years ago when I asked trainers about their sales process. I would likely be met with an eye roll and a "what sales process?" Now most trainers are comfortable with the idea that they have to sell their service if they are to run a successful business.  Not all...

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