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Metis Riley, CPDT-KA, discusses her personal growth from a dog walker to a reward based dog trainer in Alaska. She shares ideas for customer service and responsiveness that have worked well for her relatively new dog training business. She also shares several online systems and tools she uses for payments, invoicing, calendar/appointments, and email. Metis talks about the success of partnering with a local vet and a veterinary behaviorist in her dog training practice. She shares when to use these resources, how to partner with a local vet, and what it has done for her business. Reactivity is her focus, working not only with clients but also with dogs in shelters, helping them to get adopted. Metis created a unique program that uses canine nose work in shelter dogs to help them de-stress and use their natural scent abilities to modify behavior. She talks about nose work and the benefits it offers to all types of dogs as a way to gain self-control, focus, and to release stress. Located in Alaska and being a self-admitted "gear nerd," Metis offers her recommendations for the best outdoor dog gear for your pup. Metis is also the co-founder of STRAW for Dogs, a non-profit based in Alaska that helps dogs living outdoors.
Sponsor:Good Dog In A Box
Speaker(s):Kim Merritt, Metis Riley
Contact: Kim Merritt