Many average trainers teach “average group classes,” charge you an “average price” and 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 value these facts, just settle with such trainers and end up getting “average results” and even 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.
So who emerges from the pack? There’s an incredible energy and spirit about they which you’ll notice right away that goes far beyond dog training. Actually, they know it is much more than dealing with dogs, which is where I’ll open your eyes to the traits and qualities of the SMARTEST and the most successful dog experts in the business. Because of the knowledge, skill and persona, they’re not only making it–but making it big with class and integrity. Again, don’t forget that I’m discussing the SMARTEST, so you don’t think that 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 a long time ago that if you need to get better in anything, you must put your ego aside and study from far better and smarter minds than yourself.
Sometimes this simply came down to hiring the very 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 NOT to do.) After studying those who were considered to be as the “real deal,” I’ve pointed out that they all came from a totally different class and mentality, and it’s really no wonder why their success rate was so difficult to ignore. When put through the test, they all 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 much you “care.” This simply means these trainers are truly nice people. The old saying, “nice guys finish last,” isn’t their motto. Studies have shown that nice people live longer, are happier, get more referrals, are always surrounded by friends and relatives, rarely get sued, and rarely get killed. Some could 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 as much, and care to make others if not laugh, at 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 when you talk to them on the phone or personally. That again is, if, you are even able to reach any of them on the telephone. Which brings up the actual fact of caring, once again.
Those who truly CARE not merely will get back to you, but often try to reach you immediately. They understand 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 able to get a live person on the phone, make sure you get yourself a good vibe from the start, or even, why bother? This simply means regardless of 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 superior to 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 person makes you feel uncomfortable when you are too pushy, rude, condescending, or there is something you do not like about him/her, then you could be stuck with this person at home, in private, or for six to eight weeks down the line.
Top trainers usually answer your tough questions with patience and respect and don’t mind or get offended by just how much you challenge their knowledge or expertise. These individuals don’t just deliver, but often OVER-deliver. The reason being they care about their image and their reputation and wish to stick out from the pack. They know going that extra mile Are certain to get them that extra attention. After all, 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 go with the flow,” and never value any constructive criticism from ANYONE. You merely don’t see that “wow factor” or that “pizzazz” within their work. Noooooooo, I didn’t say pizza again. So deposit the Parmesan cheese.