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A Day In The Life Of ... a Canine Behaviourist

I have run K9 Solutions for over 11 years and I still love what I do, in fact, probably more than I did when I first started out.  Every day is different and every class or home visit is different.  No two sessions are ever the same even if the underlying issue is the same.  I love the challenge and diversity that my job presents each and every day.

My day starts early with the feeding and general housekeeping involved with keeping 4 dogs of my own and then it is a couple of hours at the computer, answering emails, typing up reports and visit notes and organising class outlines for the coming day and going through my diary to be sure I have what I need for each session. 

Then it’s time to hit the road and head out to the first visit or the first class of the day.  I travel all over Essex so the time in the van is spent returning phone calls, making follow up calls to check on progress and problems and making plans in my head for classes.  I often chat away to my voice memo app on my phone so that I don’t forget what I had planned or what I need to do when I get back to my desk.

As we offer a wide variety of classes both indoor and outdoor, for puppies and aggressive dogs I need to be sure that my team of instructors know what is going on at each class and of course, keep an eye on the weather.  I can cope with anything but I hate the rain!

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Home visits can be for anything from settling a new puppy to dealing with aggression and everything in between.  I find home visits the most challenging as I have to think on my feet and adapt each situation to work for client and dog alike.  Having the knowledge and skillset to enable me to work in this way has taken many years of study both formal and informal and I continue with that still.  I love learning and as the years have passed there has been so much more research into dogs than there was when I first started.

Puppies are my favourite and I consider this a perk of my job.  I like to finish my week with a nice puppy home visit, helping owners understand their new addition and start building the bond that will bring more rewards than anyone ever anticipates.

After over 20 years working with dogs and 11 years working full time as a behaviourist and trainer I still look forward to each day and each dog and client.  

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Is it easy to become a Dog Trainer?

There is still no regulation of behaviourists and trainers, which means anyone can set themselves up offering these services even if they have no knowledge.  Thankfully, this will change soon and I won’t have to pick up the pieces of the uneducated and untrained.  

I am a member of some of the largest associations so that my clients know that I have to continue my professional development, that I adhere to their codes of conduct and that I am serious about what I do.

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