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4 Tips Dog Trainers Should Consider

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As a trainer, it is your job to teach the pups basic training skills and help them become better family pets. However, training can be pretty overwhelming for pups and it can take some time to master the basics. Here is some information on tips you should consider implementing in your business and we hope it will have a positive impact. As an added bonus, we’ll tell you about dog trainer insurance and how it can serve as a safety net for your business.

Set Expectations

Every dog in your training class will learn at different paces and in different ways. It’s what makes dog training so fun and rewarding. Your clients are so excited to sign up their doggos for training classes and sometimes don’t realize how each pup will learn things in their own time. As a trainer, you can help your clients by reviewing each training session with them and setting up expectations. Help them understand that training is an ongoing process and it can take some time to master.

Ask The Owners To Get Involved

Practice makes perfect! Just like we have to do homework to fully learn a concept, pups have to do the same thing with training classes and that’s where the owners come in. Repetition is the key to mastering what the dogs have learned and you can do your part (as a trainer) by assigning after-class tasks. Encourage the owners to set some time aside (even if it is 20 mins) to go over the lesson and get some training practice in. Running through the basic lessons will keep it fresh in the dog’s mind and make training a little easier for you during the next lesson. As a dog trainer, you can help by sharing training schedules and breaking out the training you want the doggos to practice outside class. You can do so by emailing the training material, sharing a Google doc, or even creating branded materials using sites like Canva.

Always End On A Positive Note

Each doggo client is different and you need to celebrate the little victories. As a trainer, you can always end the lesson on a positive note by reinforcing the training the doggo was able to learn quickly and giving them extra praise. Whether you want to end the lesson with a treat or play time before the owner comes for pickup, positive reinforcement lets the pup know that they’ve done a good job and have learned parts of the lesson well. More importantly, you can enhance your bond as a trainer and ensure the pup isn’t stressed out.

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Consider Dog Training Insurance

You definitely have your work cut out for you considering you’re working with dogs with different temperaments and learning abilities. As a dog trainer, you get to a point where to start connecting with your clients and creating a positive relationship with the pups. We know how much you care about your furry clientele and want to protect them. With dog trainer insurance from PCI, you can run your business with peace of mind and know that insurance can help you out. Our policy includes the following coverages at no extra cost to you, such as, animal bailee (coverage in the event that you are legally liable for injuries or damages sustained by an animal in your care, custody, or control), veterinarian expense reimbursement, and lost key liability. We hope you’ll consider implementing dog training liability insurance to your business!

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Comparing Employee Dishonesty Coverage & Bonding

PCI’s employee dishonesty coverage is similar to a bond, but there may be some key differences to consider.

Employee dishonesty coverage:

  • Can be purchased in the same transaction
  • Doesn’t run credit checks
  • Provides $10,000 per occurrence and $25,000 aggregate coverage

Bonds may differ from our dishonesty coverage by:

  • Checking your credit during the application process
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