Owner/ Head Dog Trainer , Peaceful Warrior Licensed and Insured
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Where It All Started:
In 2005 I came across a widely known show called "The Dog Whisperer" hosted by Cesar Millan and like most people, it changed everything I knew about dogs. Even though most trainers frowned upon Cesar's methods, I saw the true messages behind his teachings. That we as dog owners play a huge role in how our dogs act and treat us, to dogs we are either the leaders or followers. With today's world filled with so much internal fear and deep insecurities, Dogs to some people are a blessing and/or a burden. Since childhood, I loved animals but mainly dogs and wolves and after watching Cesar's show and reading most of all of the books he recommended, I felt the call to action. I was inspired. At the time I was about 20 years old and I had a German shepherd mix named Isis which for years, we as dog owners didn't really give her what she needed and in turn, she became food aggressive and lost years of respect for us. So I took what I had learned to practice, even though it wasn't perfect I managed to be able to put my hand in Isis's food and any behavior problems decreased. Eventually, word got around that I was the "local dog whisperer" so I enrolled in Penn Foster Career Course for dog obedience to make sure I at least had some paperwork and classroom experience. I continued my practice with Isis until she passed at the age of 17 years old, leaving an empty hole in our hearts. With depression creeping in, working at dead-end jobs, and moving from apartment to apartments. I felt I needed to stick to what I know so I started working at a local shelter hoping I can continue practicing and maybe get my hands dirty.
The shelter life was difficult, seeing the great personalities of the shelter dogs in the cages tore me apart. I wanted to work with them and challenge them and also myself. But I quickly learned that some shelters are not in the business to rehabilitate so I moved on. Eventually, I made my way to corp. Petco hoping that side of the business could help me master the art of communication and selling. Which it of course did but it also taught me that I enjoy teaching and helping dog owners learn more about their furry children then selling products or meeting quotas. Petco taught me how to read labels on dog food, know the difference between a good brand and a great brand and why. But being behind a register drove me nuts, I quickly lost interest in the corp. setting until finally I was made Petco's leading dog trainer and assistant groomer. (No more register for me!) I rapidly became known to the grooming clients and my co-workers as the guy with the ability to handle even the worst of dogs. Clients who normally came in with their dogs pre-muzzled or had a history of giving the Groomers problem, no longer feared us or came back in muzzled again. It was the best time I had with dogs ever, but unfortunately, I realized I wanted more out of life and the lack of my own dog took it's toll on me until...Bam Bam.
A frequent customer with a tri-color Pit bull puppy named Bam Bam offered to surrender him to me. Telling me she was afraid of him and he was "aggressive" blah blah blah. I didn't hesitate, she dropped him off at Petco with just a leash and paperwork. Bam Bam was excitable and had little to no manners but aggressive he was not. He was a toddler that just happen to weight 60 lbs. and of course, he was challenging to say the least. Bam taught me to be patient and calm. He taught me to enjoy life and to play like a kid. He was the first dog I manage to ride a bike with, he was the first I manage to get on a treadmill (which made my life easier) and he also helped me relearn how to roller blade like I use to when I was a kid in elementary school. Bam eventually over time began to trust me and my family. When I left Petco I had the idea to help other families just like mine to understand their dog(s) and to avoid the same issues we experienced. To transform their lives and to take back their homes. To help gain that trust, love and respect a dog brings to your life and your home. Training both Isis and Bam and the many others I've worked with, I've learned from and experienced the worst a typical dog owner could go through. Til this day I am still learning and attending seminars and even volunteering at CCAS. With nearly a decade of dog knowledge, I have developed a peaceful way of teaching with a warrior's never quit attitude. Most dog owners expect that a magical trainer is going to take all the problems always but fail to realize that the hard work, consistency, and respect must first start with them. That is why I decided to name my business "Transform Your Dog", so potential clients know that I am here to help you transform your dog and your life.