We recently caught up with professional dog trainer Nicky, of ‘Back to Basics Dog Training’, to find out more about what a trainer gets up to.
Nicky, who is based in Warwickshire, has two dogs, Cheeky and Bony. Both Cheeky and Bony were street dogs rescued from the island of Santorini in Greece where Nicky spent some time studying.
The Buddies team came up with a few questions for Nicky.
What is the best thing about being a dog trainer?
‘Being able to work with these amazing furry creatures, whether young or old gives me a smile on my face every morning.’
‘Teaching owners a different approach, and how to communicate and understand their dog through reward and games-based training is so rewarding for me. Especially when we have a lightbulb moment and the owners can see the improvements.’
‘The love from the puppy/dog that I get in return, is totally mind blowing and they still recognise me, even years after their initial training.’
What is the worst thing about being a dog trainer?
‘When the weather has been wet for some time and you are working in fields like mud baths.’
‘Sometimes you can’t help an animal. When they are just so fearful, anxious and scared that you can’t get through to them to show them that there can be light at the end of the tunnel, it’s heart-breaking. I want to be able to tell them that they can make the right choices to make life easier for themselves and that not all people are bad.’
How do you get into dog training?
‘Obviously you need a passion for dogs. I would highly recommend helping out at rescue centres. I spent time abroad where I was able to learn a lot about dogs with their habits and the way they communicate. Hands on experience is something invaluable next to the textbook training.’
A big thank you to Nicky for giving us a quick insight into life as a dog trainer. To find out more about Nicky and ‘Back to Basics Dog Training, visit her facebook page or website http://www.backtobasicsdogtraining.org.
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