How One Dog Obedience Training became a business is quite unique a story worth being told. I haven’t ever shared this publicly, with this much detail, so now it is on the record and here for your enjoyment.
With that being said, let me take you on a journey.
Back in 2015 after graduating high school and not knowing what I wanted to do with my life I started selling cars. This was a poor decision, but it led me to where I am today.
On a slow day at work I was looking at protection dogs online. Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted a personal protection dog. But when I saw the 30K price tag and was immediately discouraged.
In my discouragement, I started walking around the car lot and an idea that changed my life ran through my head. The simple thought was, “I can train my own protection dog.”
This one thought is the reason you are reading this right now. Because after thinking this I had another life changing thought, “I can become a dog trainer! That is what I can do with my life. I can train protection dogs!”
Immediately after thinking this, I called my dad, and told him what was racing through my head. And I had his full support!
After talking to my dad, I started looking up dog training companies here in town, I started calling these companies and trying to find a place to work with dogs. Most of them told me no. Even if they didn’t train protection dogs, I just knew I wanted to work with dogs.
But with persistence and a lot of determination, two days later I started working for who is now one of my biggest competitors as a dog-watcher.
Shortly after becoming a dog-watcher I started working at a kennel in Millington with some trainers for free. This means scooping dog poo, lol. I had to work in order to learn the art of training protection dogs.
Here is a pic of me geared up on my first day and ready to train at the kennel in Millington.
During this time I was spending about as much time as I could at this place. I was a sponge. Just soaking in knowledge each day.
Also during this time I was working a full-time landscaping job during the spring/summer months to be able to afford my costs of living.
My daily schedule was wake up, go to work, go to kennel, go home and sleep, then repeat. Dogs were my priority for sure.
Fast forward about eight months of me training dogs on a field for protection and scooping poo for free, I got my personal dog Mia when my parents were out of town. Kids, if you are reading, I would not recommend this.
Here is a picture of her as a puppy the day I got her.
Shortly after I got Mia I knew I was in trouble. Like I said, I had trained protection dogs in a kennel/field setting, but never to live peacefully in a home setting. So trying to apply the stuff I learned on a field at my home… well, it wasn’t as applicable as you might think.
Mia grew quick and was becoming worse behaved by the day. She was very rambunctious and chewing stuff up like crazy.
There is a dog shaming picture below. Note: my mom took this, and at the time it wasn’t funny, but I guess looking back now they are as I write this.
It wasn’t too long before Mia got kicked out. She had to go live at the outdoor kennel in Millington! As you can imagine, her getting kicked out motivated me to get my butt to work. I started training her daily and spending lots of time with her.
I didn’t know what to do though, or how to train her to live at home. So I started calling trainers I admired from online, reading books, watching videos and DVDs. Anything I could do to learn to train my dog to live in a home setting.
I would say within a month, due to my training efforts, Mia returned home.
It wasn’t long after this that I had an epiphany that changed my life forever.
My epiphany was simple. “Other people have dogs that were acting up as bad, or worse than mine.”
After realizing this, I knew I had to do my part in changing the relationship dog owners had with their dogs.
After my epiphany (and getting screwed over by other local trainers time and time again), I applied to the best dog training school in the country to become a Master Dog Trainer.
Here is a bit of a timeline to save you some reading.
1/9/17 I applied to the school
1/25/17 I was accepted into the Master Dog Trainer program
1/25/17-6/31/17 Work almost every single day serving tables at the #1 restaurant in Memphis each night and parking cars during the day to save money for school.
7/1/17 I arrived at school
7/3/17 First Day of class
7/5/17-12/14/17 Train dogs M-F at school and train Mia on weekends
10/18/17 Started a job at the school (Scooping more poo) from 5:30-9:30-10:30 for $8/hr daily just to get by financially.
12/14/17 Graduated school as a Master Dog Trainer
12/15/17 I moved home, back to Memphis.
12/16/18 Got my first two clients.
1/1/18 I officially started One Dog Obedience Training
This first year has been so much fun.
I have worked with so many dogs.
I have gotten to meet and work with so many people and families.
I have grown so much as a person.
I have gotten to bring other people onto my team with me as well.
I didn’t quite know what to expect when starting this business. I just wanted to help people with their dogs and make a living. I had no idea that this would take off so quickly and we would be able to serve so many families. It is truly humbling.
This business is such a blessing and it is with heart and soul that I do what I do. My mission is to help as many people as I can enjoy life with their dogs and we are doing just that.
Next year our goal is to continue growing and serving families and their dogs at the highest level. We plan to continue our growth by creating more jobs and adding to the team we currently have. We will do this by serving and providing the highest quality, humane training in the Memphis market.
If you read this far, thank you.
If you have a dog that is unruly and you think could benefit from speaking with a trainer, I would be humbly honored to take the time to chat with you about your dog.
If you are interested in a free consultation, click the button below this blog and fill out the form.
Thanks again for reading.
Below are a couple of my favorite pictures from my time at dog training school.