Many average trainers teach “average group classes,” ask you for an “average price” and also have, well… that “average” knowledge and skill about dogs, dog training, dog behavior and canine psychology. Most owners who don’t know better or who don’t really care about these facts, just settle with such trainers and end up with “average results” as well as worse-NO RESULTS-in training their dogs! On the Pet Salon near me other hand, the Master Minds I’m going to be describing in this chapter aren’t your average at all and are known to beat the odds.
Usually are not emerges from the pack? There’s an incredible energy and spirit about these individuals which you’ll notice immediately that goes far beyond dog training. In fact, they know it is a lot more than dealing with dogs, which is where I’ll open your eyes to the traits and qualities of the SMARTEST and probably the most successful dog experts in the business. Because of their knowledge, skill and persona, they are not only making it–but making it big with class and integrity. Again, don’t forget that I’m referring to the SMARTEST, so you don’t think they just got lucky for being at the “right place,” at the “right time” or by meeting the “right person.” Even if that was the case for a couple to some degree, before you know it, they took over and kept on paddling on their own.
I learned in the past that if you want to get better in anything, you have to put your ego aside and study from much better and smarter minds than yourself.
Sometimes this simply came right down to hiring the best expert money can buy. (I’ve also learned a lot from the worst-of-the-worst. After all, that’s where you learn what Never to do.) After studying those who were considered to be because the “real deal,” I’ve pointed out that they all came from a completely different class and mentality, and it’s really no wonder why their success rate was so hard to ignore. When subjected to the test, each of them possessed these ten qualities about them:
1. They Care about You, YOUR PET and Their Reputation
You see, it’s not always about how much you know or how great you are, but it is also about how exactly much you “care.” This simply means these trainers are truly nice people. The old saying, “nice guys finish last,” isn’t their motto. Studies show that nice people live longer, are happier, have more referrals, are always surrounded by friends and relatives, rarely get sued, and rarely get killed. Some could also have a great love of life. Sorry, only some. We all know someone with a sense of humor and know that this implies that they love what they do, don’t let things bother them as much, and care to make others if not laugh, at the very least smile occasionally. Why the majority of dog trainers are so rude, mean, and disrespectful and act like Mr./Mrs. Know-It-All, is beyond me. It’s no secret that a lot of of the time it is possible to tell a lot about someone the minute you speak to them on the phone or personally. That again is, if, you’re even able to reach any of them on the telephone. Which brings up the fact of caring, once again.
Those who truly CARE not merely will get back to you, but often make an effort to reach you immediately. They know that you may need help immediately!! You’ll soon find out that most trainers leave you hanging and you start to grow gray hair waiting for a call back or an e-mail.
Once you are finally in a position to get a live person on the phone, make sure you get yourself a good vibe from the very start, if not, why bother? This simply means no matter how good they may be, you can be stuck with a jerk, psycho, weirdo, nut job and the list continues on and on. Women are much better than men with their intuition. They say, “It must feel right.” Or “I didn’t get a good vibe from him/her.” If it the individual makes you feel uncomfortable when you are too pushy, rude, condescending, or there’s something you don’t like about him/her, then you might be stuck with this person in your house, in private, or for six to eight weeks down the line.
Top trainers usually answer your tough questions with patience and respect and do not mind or get offended by how much you challenge their knowledge or expertise. These individuals don’t just deliver, but often OVER-deliver. This is because they value their image and their reputation and truly want to stick out from the pack. They know going that extra mile WILL get them that extra attention. In the end, how many times perhaps you have hired a painter, a contractor, a lawyer, or even a babysitter who disappointed you with their poor work ethics? They did a poor job or didn’t care much. As some say, “They just go with the flow,” and never care about any constructive criticism from ANYONE. You merely don’t see that “wow factor” or that “pizzazz” in their work. Noooooooo, I didn’t say pizza again. So put down the Parmesan cheese.