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Why I Love VSA | Victoria Stilwell Positively

Just final week, we concluded one other profitable in-person intensive with the Victoria Stilwell Academy’s Dog Trainer Course college students. As I sat there behind the room, I watched our superior college member, Nichole Smith from Working With Dog, completely rocking this super-important lesson and content material. Just about daily throughout our six-month course, I discover myself struck by a seemingly countless string of realizations about why I really love instructing with the Academy, and what makes sharing this studying expertise with our college students so particular.

VSA logo_tealThis final day of our Eight-day intensive is a full day class referred to as ‘Marketing for Dog Trainers,’ and whereas which will sound daunting and perhaps not even very attractive to aspiring trainers, most of our college students inform us that it’s certainly one of their all-round favourite days of the course. Nichole does a unbelievable job of constructing enterprise advertising accessible and fewer scary, and it finally ends up being a super-inspirational day that arms future trainers with the arrogance, data and motivation to sort out this all-too-important facet of being a pet skilled.

Pretty early within the day, Nichole went across the room asking every scholar about what they wished to attain and what particularly drew them to VSA for his or her canine coach training. Listening to our extremely numerous group of scholars who joined us from everywhere in the world, I was struck as soon as once more by how extraordinary the canine coaching world actually is.

I dwell and breathe canine coaching and conduct, and I’m round canine consultants on a regular basis. So generally I grow to be considerably resistant to remembering simply how particular the persons are that work with these superb animals and their individuals to create concord inside pet households. Dog trainers are a singular breed (sorry), and whereas it takes a particular drive to make the leap and cling your shingle as a pet skilled, the payoff is immeasurable.

Our college students that morning shared particulars of their journeys that introduced them to us at VSA. The variation between their particular person worlds and objectives couldn’t be extra pronounced, however there was one thru-line inside all of their tales. Every VSA scholar on our course acknowledges the deep connection between their ardour for selling constructive canine coaching and the chance to show their canine coach training into one thing beneficial to themselves and their communities.


Students from VSA’s October, 2016 Dog Trainer Course class.

Some college students have been lifelong ‘Victoria Stilwell’ followers, whereas others had been launched to me, Positively and VSA lately. Some are current pet enterprise house owners (groomers, canine walkers, sitters, trainers, and so forth), others are working in different fields (reporters, stay-at-home-moms, attorneys, baristas, and so forth), and nonetheless others are coming into the workforce for the primary time and creating their first profession.

But throughout the board, all of our college students have skilled a second the place the ‘lightbulb goes off’ of their heads – once they acknowledge that making the world higher for canine and their individuals is a vastly necessary a part of who they’re and what drives them.

Not all of our college students need to grow to be canine trainers. Some work in shelters and are pushed to be in a greater place to assist those that can’t assist themselves. Some are nonetheless determining what they need to do with their newfound training. Still others are chomping on the bit to enter enterprise for themselves as pet trade professionals.

We are really blessed to draw extremely engaged and considerate college students who want to flip the nook, even when they don’t know what comes subsequent. Last week at our ‘farewell’ cocktail social gathering, I bought the possibility to go across the room and provide my tackle every scholar’s progress and strengths. By taking a deep have a look at who our college students are and figuring out what drives them, adopted by listening to them share in their very own phrases why they’re right here, it drives dwelling how lucky we’re to share our time with such superb teams of individuals.

We’re pleased with the Victoria Stilwell Academy and what we’ve constructed over the previous year-plus. We’re even prouder of the individuals we’ve had the glory to assist chase their goals.

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Victoria Stilwell is a world-renowned canine coach finest often known as the star of the internationally acclaimed TV sequence, It’s Me or the Dog. A bestselling writer, Stilwell incessantly seems within the media as a pet professional and is well known and revered as a frontrunner within the subject of animal conduct.


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