Puppy Talk – Becoming a Dog Person
The realisation that we’d just agreed to get a dog was a pleasant surprise! My husband’s family had always had dogs but I’d always been in a strictly two fish and a cat kind of family… and very independent cats at that!
We’d spoken about it for some time, we’d done our research, read up on different breeds, watched dog related TV shows and even accosted random dog walkers in the park to ask them questions about behaviour, shedding and trainability.
We’d finally agreed that a cross poodle breed was the one for us, but it wasn’t until I met Sherlock, a friend-of-a-friends gorgeous Australian Labradoodle, that looked like a big soft teddy bear, with a temperament to match, that everything fell into place.
Sherlock - The Australian Labradoodle that inspired our breed choice
We met up with the same Breeder and having identified gender, fur type and colouring, we got ourselves on the waiting list! They had a great reputation, so the waiting list was rather long, but we really felt it was worth the wait to get the right dog for us.
It is often said that you’re either a cat or a dog person. Well I’m not sure I whole heartedly agree with that, but what I do know is that people who have cats and dogs talk a lot about them, and this encourages new conversation and new friendships. All in all, I’m looking forward to becoming a dog person!
Link to L&D – Becoming a Trainer!
Even if a company has done their research and identified the right type of person for a training role, (agreed on Breed) and talked to recruitment agency’s (found a reputable Breeder), taking on a full-time Trainer is a big commitment.
In the dog world, there are now options to ‘borrow-a-dog’, take it for walkies and hire it for a few hours without commitment. This is especially good for people who either want to ‘test drive’ what having a dog is like, or do not want the commitment of a full-time dog. In the business world offering up a similar approach will allow you the opportunity to gain valuable experience, and is a great way for them to ‘test-drive’ your talents before they commit. Here’s just five ways to get involved in becoming a Trainer:
This may seem like a lot of effort, but as we all know - neither a puppy or a Trainer is just for Christmas, so doing the right research and preparation up front will ensure a happy outcome!
Nikie Forster is Director of Curious Lighthouse Learning Consultancy, where she specialises in enabling Trainers and Facilitators to enhance their performance, whether they are at the very start of their journey or experienced professionals ~ including enabling existing employees in becoming in-house Trainers. Interested ~ check out www.curiouslighthouse.co.uk
Nikie Forster & Maisie the Austrialian Labradooble
When we decided to get a dog, I combined our new arrival with my passion for Learning and Development (L&D) to create these blogs. Challenging myself to link each new dog experience with L&D.