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 care about these facts, just settle with such trainers and end up with “average results” as well as worse-NO RESULTS-in training their nearby dog groomers dogs! On the 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.
So who emerges from the pack? There is an amazing energy and spirit about they which you’ll notice immediately that goes far beyond dog training. In fact, 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 probably 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 discussing the SMARTEST, so you don’t think that they just got lucky to be at the “right place,” at the “right time” or by meeting the “right person.” Even if that was the case for a few 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 need to put your ego aside and learn from far better and smarter minds than yourself.
Sometimes this simply came down to hiring the very best expert money can purchase. (I’ve also learned a whole lot from the worst-of-the-worst. In the end, this is where you learn what Never to do.) After studying those that were considered to be because the “real deal,” I’ve noticed that they all came from a totally different class and mentality, and it’s no wonder why their success rate was so difficult to ignore. When put through the test, each of them possessed these ten qualities about them:
1. They Care about You, YOUR PET and Their Reputation
You see, it isn’t always about how much you know or how great you’re, 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 show 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 may also have a great sense of humor. Sorry, only some. We all know someone with a feeling of humor and understand that this shows that they love what they do, don’t let things bother them just as much, and care to make others if not laugh, at least smile here and there. Why the majority of 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 speak to them on the phone or personally. That again is, if, you are even able to reach any of them on the phone. Which brings up the actual fact of caring, once again.
Those who truly CARE not only will get back, but often try to reach you immediately. They understand that you may need help immediately!! You’ll soon find out that a lot of 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 telephone, make sure you get a good vibe from the start, or even, why bother? This simply means regardless of how good they may be, you may be stuck with a jerk, psycho, weirdo, nut job and the list goes on and on. Women are much better than men with their intuition. They state, “It must feel right.” Or “I didn’t get a good vibe from him/her.” If it the individual makes you feel uncomfortable by being too pushy, rude, condescending, or there’s something you do not like about him/her, then you could be stuck with this person in your house, in private, or for six to eight weeks down the line.
Top trainers usually reply to your tough questions with patience and respect and don’t mind or get offended by just how much you challenge their knowledge or expertise. They don’t just deliver, but often OVER-deliver. Simply because they care about their image and their reputation and wish to stand out from the pack. They know going that extra mile Are certain to get them that extra attention. In the end, how many times have you hired a painter, a contractor, an attorney, 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 value any constructive criticism from ANYONE. You simply don’t note that “wow factor” or that “pizzazz” within their work. Noooooooo, I didn’t say pizza again. So deposit the Parmesan cheese.