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June 2015: 4 Things Dog Trainers DON'T Do (That You Might)
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4 Things Dog Trainers DON'T Do

(Do You?)


My father, who owns a plumbing company, despises garbage disposals because he said they are nothing but trouble waiting to happen (stopped up drain). A professional firefighter friend doesn’t have any power strips in her house (fire hazard). Professional dog trainers, too, do a lot of things very differently than pet owners.

Why do professionals do things differently than non-professionals?

I think it’s because professionals see so much more in their field than the non-professional. The plumber knows just how many house calls are due to garbage disposals. The firefighter has arrived on-scene to a fully engulfed house where the cause of the fire can be traced back to a power strip. And dog trainers, well, we see so many easily preventable problems – problems that can wind up causing problems or costing lots of money (or in the worst cases, loss of the dog’s life).


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