To me – there is much more to what I do in dog training than just teaching dogs how to learn.
“Many times we come together with dogs so they can teach us valuable lessons, just as much as dogs wish to learn from us in return.”
About Me and Wag
Trust and Put Myself First
I’ve always listened to the “little voice” inside that guides me. That deep down gut instinct that guides and leads the way. Somehow, (like a dog on a scent!) I get where I need to be in order to continue on my mission. I have to care for myself first in order to serve others the way I do. I might start my day with a news segment, go straight to an intense aggression case in clients’ home and then head to teach a group class and morph into a public speaking mode, but I must find a way to fit in “me” time in between. Whether it’s meditation, writing, a podcast, a quick read, or a yoga class, I make sure to find time for the body, mind or soul to do what I do and “refuel”. It’s truly an honor to be leading teams and mentoring young people who are joining our workforce as well. This is a very emotionally draining career choice and I respect that. In order for me to serve others, I must serve myself first.
#2 Connection and Community
Aligning with like-minded people and connecting to them through their dogs is what feeds my soul and wakes me up every single day. Countless times people have said to me that they heard about Wag and our services from multiple sources until they realized they needed to call. I don’t think that’s just a coincidence. I believe in energy, fate, non-verbal communication and sending positive vibes into the universe with one another and most especially through the love of dogs. Dogs are very blessed creatures. They have a way of bringing people together for the greater good. When people are sharing the word about our services to others, this is helping us make a difference and live by the words of our mission. In order to serve dogs, we must first teach their people.
Partnerships with our local and global partners spread the word on the importance of education coming first. Together with the local rescue partners and businesses we collaborate with, science-based, force-free learning methods will soon become the “norm.” Wag ‘N’ Tails is dedicated to that message and lives by the words of that mission.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://wagntails.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/author-image.png[/author_image] [author_info]About the Author Christine Fox, APDT, CTDI and a Pet Sitters International member, is the founder of Wag ‘N’ Tails Dog Activity Center with two locations in Michigan. She has been involved with many pet dog trainer certification initiatives, all based on learning techniques that involve humane practices and the latest in scientific research. Christine also raised a service dog for Paws With a Cause and plans to train her newest pup in therapy work. Through her work with dogs and their parents, Christine has developed many happy and healthy relationships with both humans and dogs in the community.[/author_info] [/author]