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Becoming a Dog Trainer: Living My Passion!

Becoming a Dog Trainer: Living My Passion!

Meet Saheed “Shadow” Lawal: Celebrating 2 Years at Pro-Train

A chance meeting at a local rider event turned out to be a game changer for Saheed Lawal. Affectionately known by the nickname “Shadow”, the Marine Corps veteran and dad of two recently celebrated his Two Year Anniversary with Pro-Train Innovative. Shadow shared about his success with the dog training school and his joy of doing something he loves.

After leaving the Corps, Shadow tried direct sales and knew right away this line of work was not for him. At the time he had his own German Shepherd and was told by friends that he should look into becoming a dog trainer. A futile search online revealed very few “hands-on” options.

That’s when fate stepped in. “I met Mark and ironically he was out of his Moose Rider cards, so he gave me his Pro-Train card.” Shadow looked into Pro-Train’s Dog Training School and really liked the options, ranging from a six-month program to a two-year program.

Shadow has now trained hundreds of dogs under the program. He points to the ability to gain experience while working and the range of skills he has learned. “I now have the confidence to manage and run my own dog training business, all thanks to Pro-Train. And, a career in dog training is a rewarding experience because I know I’m impacting others’ lives in a positive way,” he said.

To the person who is looking for a change of careers and is ready to take a leap of faith, Shadow gives this advice. “Just start, no excuses, jump in with an open mind and an open heart. Those who choose the path of dog trainer will be changed forever.”

To learn more about this exciting and rewarding field, grab a copy of More than a Dog Whisperer by Mark Dogman Castillero. Or, email Mark at protraindog@gmail.com You have nothing to lose…and it may be the game changer in your life!

22 Ways Dogs Make Humans Healthier

22 Ways Dogs Make Humans Healthier

Do you love having dogs at home? If yes, you are in luck. Dogs are not only the best companion ever; they also provide health benefits to their owners. The next time you think about dogs, you don’t just consider them as best friends but also your fitness buddies.

In many ways, dogs help humans live a healthier and more active lifestyle. It is because of your dogs that you get out of your house more often. You need to walk them to the park or play with them. It is also because of them that you become more emotionally stable. When you are down and depressed, you can always lean on them for comfort.

Dogs don’t talk back when you talk to them, but their presence and warmth alone can make you feel loved. They will calm you down when you are at the height of your emotions. They will also help you cope with challenges in life even if they don’t give you advice.

There are a lot more ways in which dogs can help you stay healthy, both physically and emotionally. You are lucky if you have a dog at home. We have compiled an infographic that details the ways in which dogs can help you live a healthier lifestyle. Hopefully, this changes your mind in getting a dog at home. You might think of them as playful creatures that mess up your place, but they can be of help to you in more ways than you think.

22 Ways Dogs Make Humans Healthier

Consider These Things Before Getting a Service Dog

A lot of individuals are interested in getting a service dog and, perhaps, you are one of them. Honestly, why are you considering a service dog? Perhaps, because you need some assistance in your daily life. However, there are some important considerations to take into account before you get one.

The costs

Getting a service dog means allocating some serious amount as it may cost you from several hundreds to some thousands of dollars. The cost usually includes application fee, payment for equipment, training. In addition to that, there is also called maintaining cost, which is estimated at around $1,600 annually (cost varies based on location). However, there are available ‘scholarships’ offered by various state agencies and local civic organizations meant to help those who want to send their service dog for training. In addition, there are dog programs that are offered at affordable prices such as the program provided for service dogs in San Diego by ProTrain.

The care

Aside from taking the costs into account, you will also need to consider the care it needs. Having a service dog means caring for the animal on a daily basis. In other words, it is an also an investment of time; there is a need for your service dog to fit into your lifestyle. Although a service dog is meant to help you in your daily living, you will need to do reciprocate such service with the necessary care. A ‘symbiosis’ relationship it is. For instance, you will decide when will you walk the dog or when will you feed it, or when is the scheduled grooming, among others.

The possible legal constraints

It is imperative that you understand the possible legal constraints when getting a service dog. You need to know the law associated with service dog in your state so that you will not be entangled with the legal complexities that possibly come along with it. At the same time, know your legal rights (and the rights of your service dogs). For instance, what are the restrictions associated with having a service dog during your air travel?

Looking for a training program for service dogs in San Diego? Contact ProTrain today.

Call us at (760) 749-0897

Happy New Year: Four Ways to Include Your Dog in Celebrations

Happy New Year: Four Ways to Include Your Dog in Celebrations

Dogs Want to Be IncludedWith New Year’s Eve right around the corner, most of us are thinking about how we will celebrate. And if you have a dog in your family there’s every chance that your dog would like to be included when you celebrate.
Including your dog in celebrations can be a lot of fun. Here are some tips to having a great time with your dog.

Is the Celebration Dog Appropriate?

Decide whether or not the occasion is appropriate for your dog. Some celebrations are appropriate and some aren’t. For instance if you’re having a backyard barbecue, your dog will probably have a terrific time, up to a point. Make sure that he minds his manners when food is being served. On the other hand, if you’re planning a sit-down dinner for twelve, you may not want to invite your dog to the occasion. Some dogs don’t have the best table manners.

Consider Your Dog’s Reactions

Loud music and lots of people can be overwhelming to some dogs. If you’re planning a blow-out party, make sure that your dog has a place to retreat if he feels like it. Don’t force him to interact with your guests.
And, remember that most dogs don’t appreciate fireworks. If you’re planning on having fireworks at a celebration it’s usually best to allow your dog to stay in a quiet part of your home away from the noise.

Consider Your Guests

It may be hard to believe, but you should remember that not everyone is a dog lover. If you have your dog at a celebration try to have an area that is a “dog-free zone” for allergy-sufferers and non-dog people. If young children are present at your celebration make sure that they are supervised when they play with your dog.  It’s always best to be watchful when children play with dogs, especially if the children and dogs are strangers to each other. If you do include your dog in your celebrations make sure that he is well-behaved and able to follow at least a few basic commands so he won’t molest your guests or create havoc during the party.

Plan to Secure the Gates and Doors

Do be careful about gates and doors.  Visitors to your home can sometimes be careless and leaves doors or gates open which could allow your dog to escape so always double-check and watch your dog when people come and go. Simply be thoughtful and plan ahead and everyone can have a great time. Most dogs enjoy being part of any celebration.  They will happily scoop up food that’s dropped on the floor, go from person to person to be petted and watch everything that happens with pleasure.

 

Baby Program Is a Doggone Good Deal

Baby Program Is a Doggone Good Deal

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Making Sure Your Dog Loves Your Baby: A Pro-Train Innovative Exclusive!

Pro-Train Innovative Dog Training is offering a Baby Program for new parents and their canine companions. Affectionately called “Making Sure Your Dog Loves Your Baby”, Castillero has now trained over 100 prospective parents using his animal behavior expertise. The 10-day program starts while the parents are expecting and continues once baby has arrived. The innovative program helps teach beloved furry family members how to handle baby’s cries and teaches the beloved pet the needed boundaries for baby and the parents. From stroller walks to keeping clear of baby’s blankets, the Pro-Train Baby Program has had a 100 percent success rate.

Rachel and Rico were elated with their experience with their pit bull Lou, and their new baby girl. “When we found out we were expecting a baby, one of our main concerns was whether our dog would do well welcoming a new person into our home. Thanks to Mark’s baby program, there were no problems. He’s loves going on walks and does well with the stroller…isn’t afraid of it and heels well. Then when the baby cries he seems totally un-phased. It has been a smooth transition and we are so glad Lou went through the program, said new mom Rachel. And there are countless other testimonials about the program.

To learn more, contact Dogman Mark directly on his cell at 760-809-9148.

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