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 have no idea better or who don’t really value these facts, just settle with such trainers and end up with “average results” as well as worse-NO RESULTS-in training their dogs! In contrast, the Master Minds I’ll 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’s an amazing energy and spirit about they which you’ll notice immediately that goes far beyond dog training. In fact, they know it is a lot 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 in the business. Because of their knowledge, skill and persona, they are not only making it–but making it big with class and integrity. Again, don’t forget that I’m discussing the dog rash treatment SMARTEST, so you don’t believe 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 continued paddling on their own.
I learned in the past that if you need to get better in anything, you must put your ego aside and study from much better and smarter minds than yourself.
Sometimes this simply came right 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 because the “real deal,” I’ve pointed out that they all came from a completely different class and mentality, and it’s really 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’s not always about how much you know or how great you’re, 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 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 may also have a great sense of humor. Sorry, only some. We all know someone with a sense of humor and understand that this demonstrates they love what they do, don’t allow things bother them as much, and care to create others if not laugh, at the very least smile occasionally. 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 the minute you talk to them on the telephone or in person. That again is, if, you’re even able to reach some 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 right away!! You’ll soon find out that a lot of dog trainers leave you hanging and you also begin 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 no matter how good they might be, you will end up 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 must feel right.” Or “I didn’t get 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 don’t like about him/her, then you could be stuck with this particular 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 how much you challenge their knowledge or expertise. They don’t just deliver, but often OVER-deliver. Simply because they value their image and their reputation and wish to stick out from the pack. They know going that extra mile WILL get them that extra attention. After all, how many times perhaps you have hired a painter, a contractor, an attorney, or even a babysitter who disappointed you making use of their poor work ethics? They did an unhealthy job or didn’t care much. As some say, “They just opt for the flow,” rather than care about any constructive criticism from ANYONE. You merely don’t note that “wow factor” or that “pizzazz” within their work. Noooooooo, I didn’t say pizza again. So put down the Parmesan cheese.