Started From The Bottom And Now I’m Here
I remember how my business name, “Canine Perspective: Art Of Dog Training,” came about. There were so many possibilities floating around in my head: Citizen Canine, Elite K9, Off-Leash K9, and Pinnacle Dog Training, among others. I had a list of at least 20 names. They were either taken or they just didn’t cut it.
I wanted something that sounded professional, cutting edge, and that would also catch a person’s attention. Most importantly, I wanted something that represented me. I spent hours thinking of something clever or catchy and nothing. Then one morning, I literally woke up with the words, Canine Perspective, in my head and said to myself, “THAT’S IT!”
There was no doubt in my mind that that was going to be the company name. The motto, “The Art Of Dog Training,” is a nod to my mentor, Richard Heinz, who always used to say that “dog training is an art” and when I would watch him train, that’s exactly what it was, art.
So I’m very humbled that he would take the time to give his opinion on me as a dog trainer.
Until next time.
World Renowned Master Dog Trainer, better known as, The Miami Dog Whisperer, Richard Heinz, has taken the time to review yours truly in this video! My knowledge and expertise is largely in part to the 3 month internship I had with Richard and I am humbled by his review!
I posted my review of Richard Heinz, The Miami Dog Whisperer, back in May and thought I’d share it again since I posted his review of me as a dog trainer recently.
Keep Your Dog Safe At The Dog Park
A past client recently asked me how one would keep their dog safe at the dog park, and in recent light of a pair of dog attacks that happened in a River North Dog Park, I thought it to be appropriate to address in this week’s newsletter. The first thing that I always say is, “Never take your eyes off your dog because you can only account for your dog, but not everyone else’s.” But, sometimes, watching your dog isn’t enough.
So What Do You Do?
1. Speak Up – Don’t be afraid to make another owner aware that their pet’s behavior isn’t acceptable or maybe your dog and their dog were playing, but now yours has had enough and theirs is still engaged so they need to call their dog back to ease up the pressure. For the more seriously misbehaved pooches or for more serious matters, you may even need to tell them that they need to leave the park entirely.
2. Correct The Dog – Sometimes speaking up doesn’t matter and the owner will continue to ignore their dog’s behavior or not care enough to do anything in the first place. They may even possibly excuse the behavior with, “oh, he’s just a puppy” or “she’s only aggressive when she has a ball in her mouth.” Doesn’t matter to me, inappropriate behavior is inappropriate behavior. Correct it.
My dog’s safety and my client’s dog’s safety always comes first so I’m more than willing to oblige the offending animal with a correction before my dogs take things into their own paws, administering a correction of their own. I like to go the Cesar Millan route and use my hand or foot to administer a firm touch to let the dog know that that behavior is unwanted. Just be aware, some dogs may retaliate with a correction back so be mindful when using this approach.
3. Leave – This isn’t my go-to option, but there are some level’s of behavior that are too intense or severe that the Cesar touch won’t cut it. At that point, it’s really assessing the other dog’s behavior and whether or not it’s worthwhile having to worry about that dog just so you can have your pupper at the park longer. As much as I have no problem with correcting another person’s pet, I’m not about to let my ego get my dog’s hurt just because I didn’t want to leave. Always better to be safe than sorry.
4. Give Them My Number. LOL.
Just keep in mind that there are some people you just can’t get to see that they’re wrong, and no amount of explanation will get through to them that their dog’s behavior warrants their attention or a correction. So be prepared to be confronted by someone who either took offense to your request that they control their dog or because you decided to take matters into your own hands and correct their dog. At the end of the day, your dog’s safety and well-being is what matters and they look to you to protect them.
All the best.