Many average trainers teach “average group classes,” charge you 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 dog grooming fort wayne these facts, just settle with such trainers and end up getting “average results” as well as worse-NO RESULTS-in training their dogs! On the other hand, the Master Minds I’m going to be describing in this chapter aren’t your average at all and so are known to beat the odds.
Usually are not emerges from the pack? There’s an amazing energy and spirit about these individuals which you’ll notice immediately that goes far beyond dog training. Actually, they know it is much more than dealing with dogs, and this is where I’ll open your eyes to the traits and qualities of the SMARTEST and the most successful dog experts available. Because of the knowledge, skill and persona, they’re not only making it–but making it big with class and integrity. Again, remember 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 very long, they took over and continued paddling on their own.
I learned in the past that if you intend to get better in anything, you need 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, this is 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 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 Dog and Their Reputation
You see, it isn’t always about how much you understand 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 may also have a great sense of humor. Sorry, only some. Everybody knows someone with a sense of humor and know that this demonstrates they love what they do, don’t allow things bother them just as much, and care to create others if not laugh, at least smile here and there. 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 you can tell a lot about someone when you talk to them on the phone or in person. That again is, if, you are even able to reach some of them on the telephone. Which brings up the fact of caring, once again.
Those who truly CARE not only will get back, but often make an effort to reach you immediately. They know that you may need help right away!! You’ll soon find out that most trainers leave you hanging and you also 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 telephone, make sure you get yourself a good vibe from the very start, if not, why bother? This simply means regardless of how good they might 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 state, “It has to feel right.” Or “I didn’t get yourself a good vibe from him/her.” If it the individual makes you feel uncomfortable when you are too pushy, rude, condescending, or there is something you don’t like about him/her, then you could be stuck with this person in your house, in private, or for 6 to 8 weeks down the line.
Top trainers usually reply to your tough questions with patience and respect and do not mind or get offended by how much you challenge their knowledge or expertise. They don’t just deliver, but often OVER-deliver. The reason being they care about 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, an attorney, or perhaps a babysitter who disappointed you making use of their poor work ethics? They did a poor job or didn’t care much. As some say, “They just opt for the flow,” and never care about any constructive criticism from ANYONE. You simply don’t see that “wow factor” or that “pizzazz” within their work. Noooooooo, I didn’t say pizza again. So deposit the Parmesan cheese.