Wednesday, 9 May 2012

I hope....

When I set up Petnanny I was lucky in many ways to have no one to follow.  I, of course, researched all I could from countries who had had dog walkers and nannies for many years before Britain had.

By having a blank sheet it meant I had to not only find my way I also had to find a system that worked.  Along the way you tweak, change and learn your way round, even if it means you learn to never do that again.

Training for me was a intrinsic part for me, I loved training dogs and it made sense to train the dogs we walked for everyones sake.  A well trained dog is usually a calmer dog often training is all about giving your dog strategies of how to cope, how to learn and the boundaries in which they can have fun within.

Health was also vital as an extra set of eyes are such a massive benefit...how many times does someone notice something before you do as the changes we see are often small and accumulative.

I love photography, drive people mad taking photos of the dogs, indeed when I have to find a cd it drives me mad too but there is nothing quite like seeing what the guys are up too and of course for showing people what we do.  When I first set up the blog I wanted to show people instead of just tell them what we had done that week, now with Facebook I update daily ( eek this takes up so much time).  Now instead of one person posting our funny daily goings on, showing what Beaubeau or Jasper Bloody Beagle has gotten up to there are literally hundreds.

Times are changing and whereas once everyone liked to see dogs running with gay abandon therefore lots of photos were posted of happy running dogs, now I believe people want more.  So I posted our trainings sessions, simple sits that help to keep our guys safe.  Then started to show them staying, doing heelwork and even going alongside skateboards and bikes.  Then the videos started showing sit stays for real, wait and heel.

This can only be a good thing, yes of course it invites discussion which is always good.  It also makes Sam and I step back and see what we do, what we have achieved.

Now I am seeing more, more dog walkers posting similar photos and videos.   Which means more safe dogs....more dogs learning the basics of manners in a world full of baffling rules that often make no sense to our dogs.  In business you need to stand out, be seen yet this is definitely a time where I am happy to be part of the bigger picture, know that I influence people ( I have helped potential dog walkers set up and also train others) and best of all that I may just influence people enough to step up to the plate and train those dogs.  In the meanwhile it will be nice to learn stuff too, to see new ways of tackling the same issues.

So I hope you enjoy those photos and videos appreciating them for what they are, small steps toward a happy well mannered dog!



1 comment:

  1. You must be very proud of what you have achieved and what greater compliment can there be than seeing all of the dog walkers have learned from and been influenced by your excellent service replicating what you do. I love all your updates about the dogs and look forward to seeing what they have been up to at Petnanny. I know it takes up a lot of your time and it is appreciated, I'm sure not only by Petnanny customers but also by the many followers of your Petnanny FB page

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