December 20, 2016
Does Specialty Dog Training believe in and engage in giving back…ABSOLUTELY!
In the business world, the idea of corporate social responsibility is proving to be a growing trend. There are many reasons for this; not only does corporate giving reflect the values of the organization in question, but it has also been shown to increase employee morale and even job satisfaction! When employees feel that they are standing behind a brand that shares their values and positively impacts their community, they are more motivated workers and tend to feel more personally invested in the organization. The term, organizational culture comes to mind. This concept focuses on the idea that regardless of how great an organizations business strategy is, without a coinciding culture in place, that strategy simply cannot succeed. Even the best strategy will fail if the culture surrounding it is not in line with the values it expresses; even on a corporate level, it is vital to keep your actions in line with your mission in order to gain and keep the support of your employees and customers.
Shelter to Soldier has been blessed with many generous corporate sponsors in the years since we started our organization. First, our Founding Partner, Specialty Dog Training, which has used large portions of its profits to start and support Shelter to Soldier while we were building awareness in the community. Specialty Dog Training’s trainers volunteer time to work with our pups and they are a huge part of how we got started; without Specialty Dog Training, Shelter to Soldier would simply not be able to give back to the community the way we have. Goodsell & Company is our other founding partner. One of the principles at Goodsell, Krys Holc, is a Co-Founder and Treasurer of STS. Krys and her accounting firm donate time, expertise, the use of their office and they make direct contributions to the charity. Having a pro-bono accounting firm support STS is an amazing blessing.
“Building a brand isn’t just about making money or personal achievement, it is also about utilizing that brand to give back and do good in the world…paying it forward.” -Graham Bloem, Specialty Dog Training CEO and Training Director as well as Founder of Shelter to Soldier.
Along with our Founding Partner, we also have many Red Star Sponsors we want to point out and thank for their unwavering generosity and support of the Shelter to Soldier mission. These are businesses in our community that take their dedication to social responsibility very seriously and have become corporate sponsors of our program. These Red Star Sponsors include: Schubach Aviation, Ranch & Coast Magazine, Griffin Funding, Integriv, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Plato Pet Treats, West Palms Event Management, Nine10 Photobooth, Paw Paradise, Northrop Grumman, Fine Magazine, Pay It Forward Processing, Canine Caviar, Petco Foundation, The Thursday Club Juniors and Unite Professional Salon System.
This holiday season, our wish is that more organizations around the world will cultivate an environment of social responsibility and utilize their influence through corporate giving to give back to their communities in authentic, genuine ways.
December 14, 2016
Dog owner’s considering professional dog training with us are faced with two main training options: private dog training lessons or doggie boot camp. We have created this breakdown explaining the difference between the two, as well as the general structure and benefits of our boot camp programs.
Private lessons are great for those who just got a puppy and want help creating structure, expectations, and boundaries in your home. They are also effective for those looking to build a basic obedience foundation and to learn more about communicating with their pup. The biggest factor we always want anyone considering private lessons to understand, is that YOU are the trainer. Our professional trainers are there to help teach and guide you (and ensure you are doing things correctly) but we are teaching you how to train your dog. These lessons are generally held once a week for about an hour; the success of each lesson depends entirely on how consistently you are working with your pup in the time between those lessons. If you don’t have the time to dedicate to practicing, you will end up repeating the same lesson over and over. Though lessons are a lesser financial investment up front, they are a much more significant time investment for you and your family. It is important to us to make this clear to our clients, even though lessons cost less at the time of purchase, if you are unable to follow-through and do your “homework” each week you will not see the results you were hoping for. Private dog training sessions can be an amazing training tool and can accomplish a lot with your pup, that being said, we always encourage anyone struggling with this decision to honestly evaluate the time and energy they have to devote to the training process.
This is where in-board dog training/ dog boot camps come in; with a boot camp program your pup comes and lives at our training facility for a period of time (varies depending on the dog’s age, behavioral issues, and training goals), getting constant attention, playtime and structure from our dog professionals. The structure of each of our in-kennel training programs is custom designed for you and your dog; after learning about your dog’s behavior and your specific needs, we create a training outline that will ensure they are on track to accomplish the goals you have set by the time they go home. Each of our pups sleeps in a private climate-controlled dog run (with AC and heat available as needed); we like to keep music or TV on in the background to help give the pups some familiar background noises and block out ambient noise. Our dogs are happy and tired come day end from a full day of learning and playing…rest assured, they are ready for bed in their room when the time comes.
Aside from plenty of free play time in one of our five training yards (supervised group play for our dog-friendly pups, and one-on-one play with our team for our independent ones), each of our training dogs will work with their trainer multiple times a day. It is important to us to always end any training sessions on a positive note, meaning we take a break when your pup is being successful on the task at hand. If we are working on a command and it takes 20 minutes for that dog to understand and complete the task, then they will get a rest or play break to refocus their mind before moving forward.
We include two private lessons with each of our boot camp programs in order to ensure their training success transfers over to their home-environment smoothly and to answer any questions you may have following their training. Essentially, with an in-board training program, we are training your pup for you, sending home a trained dog and utilizing those two private lessons to ensure you and your family understand how to continue reinforcement to create results that will last a lifetime.
The overall biggest benefit to our boot camp programs is that your dog is being handled 24/7 by dog professionals, who know and understand dog behavior. They are not only working during their training sessions, but their new boundaries and expectations are consistently reinforced. Our staff has the knowledge to work your pup through any difficult behavioral issues and establish global obedience (meaning your dog will learn to respond to a command at all times, regardless of their environment or the distractions in front of them.) This gives you a real-life, practical working relationship with your dog, where he will respond to you consistently (and not just when it works for him.)
Call us today and we can evaluate your dog and your dog training goals via a free phone consultation or an in-person evaluation if needed and give our professional recommendation for their training needs so you can weigh your options and make the decision that works best for you and your family.
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