Owners vs. Trainers: Who Should Train The Dogs?

CPDT-KA CEUs:  1.5

For many years “Our job is to teach people to train their dogs” has been the mantra of the R+ training community. It sounds so logical. But can we really teach owners to train their dogs and solve behavior problems in a few short sessions? Or does this approach lie at the heart of the many frustrations of our profession—unfinished cases, poor compliance and income, burnout?

These are the questions dogTEC sets out to answer using data from a one-year study of dog trainers who have switched their businesses from coaching (teaching clients to train their own dogs) to day training (training clients’ dogs and then teaching clients how to maintain the progress). Find out what the data reveals about these trainers’ income, satisfaction, client compliance, and case resolution.

We also share best day training practices and advice gathered from the trainers involved in the study.



Veronica Boutelle, M.A.

Veronica Boutelle began her professional life as an educator before switching careers to dog training.  As the SF/SPCA’s Director of Behavior and Training, she drew from her background as a teacher educator and curriculum developer, her training experience, and her experience in business to support a staff of trainers, academy students, and interns in their quests for skills development, program design, and professional growth.  In so doing she found that her love was working with and supporting people who work with dogs.

Returning to the private sector, Veronica recognized the need for an organization that would support dog professionals working in the field. The result is dogTEC.



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