“National Train Your Dog Month!” January 2011

News Release

Contact:          Rick Ingram

DogSmith Franchise Services

RickIngram@DogSmith.com

1-888-Dog-Smith (364-7648)


The APDT’s annual campaign to promote the benefits of positive training and socialization continues in January 2011 with contests to engage the dog-owning public and dog trainers.

Washington County FL, January 4, 2011 – The APDT has designated the month of January as National Train Your Dog Month to bring awareness to the importance of socialization and training, and most of all, to inform the public that training a dog can be simple and fun.  The APDT selected January as the perfect month because so many dogs and puppies are adopted and brought home during the winter holidays.

Hundreds of thousands of dogs are turned into animal shelters each year because their owners did not know how to deal with behavior problems and could not find a reliable resource to help them.  Aligned with this philosophy, the mission of The DogSmith National Dog Training and Pet Care Company is to help new pet dog owners start the New Year with their newest family member in the best way possible.

Niki Tudge, The DogSmith founder, says, “We support the APDT in the hope that dog owners, shelters, and other pet professionals will visit the event website (www.trainyourdogmonth.com), so they can learn more about how easy and fun training can be.”

The DogSmith offers new pet dog owners and shelters their ‘Canine Rescue Resources Program’ (CRRP).  The CRRP program includes monthly puppy socialization programs, dog training podcasts and telephone consultations, all at no cost.

Tudge says “The DogSmith Canine Rescue Resource Program is a two tiered approach which provides support, education and assistance to animal rescue groups and offers educational seminars and discounted training services to animal adopters in addition to our free services.  We believe by doing this we help increase the adoptability of dogs and cats from a shelter environment, help reduce the number of animals that are returned back to the rescue organization and help prevent animals being surrendered in the first place.”

The APDT believe that a better understanding of dog behavior can lead to happier, healthier and harmonious households for humans and canines.

About The DogSmith

The DogSmith Franchise Services Inc. is a Florida based company whose mission is to enhance the lives of pets and their owners by improving their relationship, and the quality of the life they share, through providing professional support and training to pet dog owners, supporting and assisting animal shelters and rescue organizations to minimize the number of unwanted animals and offering affordable and professional care to family pets so that pet ownership is never a burden. To learn more about the DogSmith or become a DogSmith Dog Trainer, visit http://www.DogSmith.com or call 1-888-364-7648.

About The APDT

The APDT has promoted education for dog trainers.  With more than 5,000 members who are willing and able to assist dog owners, the APDT is the largest professional organization for dog trainers in the world. http://www.APDT.com

Four Reasons To Become a Pet Industry Entrepreneur


If you have reached the stage in your career where you’re earning a comfortable living as an executive or someone with skills honed over many years in business. Its time to open your own business and benefit directly from your own skills, passion and effort.

Here are four reasons why starting a business may better serve your long-term financial goals:

  • Experience – Few companies hire at a senior level and expect people to come aboard in an entry- or mid-level role. In your own business, you’re immediately at the top of the heap, both in earning power and in the decision-making process.
  • Location – The job you want may not exist in the city where you live, which either forces you to relocate or else downgrade your desires. Starting a business allows you to work wherever you wish.
  • Security – While it’s true that new businesses can fail, there are no guarantees these days that a 50-year-old company will still exist next year, either. By starting a business, at least you have it within your personal power to be successful. If you’re just another cog in the wheel, most of your own financial future is in the hands of others.
  • Personality – The corporate world forces people to conform to a particular mindset. Not all of us are cut out to operate in this manner, but having a maverick-type personality is oftentimes a dead-ender when working for others. This is, however, the exact trait that makes a terrific entrepreneur.

Learn about a great pet business opportunity.

Read more about The DogSmith and the services we provide to our clients

 

Adopt a Mutt – Now!- In support of “National Mutt Day,” December 2, 2010

In support of “National Mutt Day,” December 2, 2010, The DogSmith National Dog Training, Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, and Pet Nutrition Franchise, is giving away its MTR® Dog Training cards!

Washington County, Florida, November 30, 2010 – Whether it is a mutt or a purebred, rescue groups around the country have the right dog for you.  And The DogSmith wants to help.  As part of its commitment to aid and support animal rescue groups The DogSmith Dog Training and Pet Sitting National Franchise offers its Canine Rescue Resource Program (CRRP) to humane societies and rescue groups.  The CRRP is a two-tiered approach providing support, education and assistance to animal rescue groups and offers educational seminars and discounted training services to animal adopters.

Niki Tudge, DogSmith founder, says, “We believe our resource program can help increase the adoptability of dogs and cats from a shelter environment, help reduce the number of animals that are returned back to rescue organizations and help prevent animals being surrendered in the first place.”

A key component of the DogSmith’s CRRP is a handy reference tool comprised of instructional cards describing the fundamentals of The DogSmith’s Management, Training and Relationship (MTR) philosophy triangle.  These cards provide an easy and effective way to help pet owners understand The DogSmith’s training methodology.  According to Tudge, “Our company mission and goal in creating the MTR tool kit is to provide pet dog owners with a simple, effective and handy reference to guide them on the path to improving and strengthening the bond shared with their dog. There are few greater joys in life than truly learning to communicate with your four legged family members.  It is this communication that helps your pet become family and enhancing the life you share.”

In recognition of National Mutt Day, The DogSmith is making a free online version available to the animal loving public.  The MTR tool provides step-by-step instructions for pet dog owners wishing to establish and strengthen the three components of the MTR philosophy including exercises on managing your dog’s daily life and activities, basic training skills and fun relationship building exercises to strengthen the bond you share with your dog.

Tudge says, “If you conscientiously use these cards on a daily basis you will be amazed at not only what your dog is able to do but by the improved relationship you will enjoy with your pet dog.  We created these cards in response to growing demand from our clients based on the vast experience gained and lessons learned from our work with rescue groups and fostering dogs waiting for their forever home.”

If you would like more information on National Mutt Day visit www.nationalmuttday.com.  To get your free MTR tool kit visit  www.DogSmith.com.

About The DogSmith

The DogSmith Franchise Services Inc. is a Florida based company whose mission is to enhance the lives of pets and their owners by improving their relationship, and the quality of the life they share, through providing professional support and training to pet dog owners, supporting and assisting animal shelters and rescue organizations to minimize the number of unwanted animals and offering affordable and professional care to family pets so that pet ownership is never a burden. To learn more about, or to become, a DogSmith Dog Trainer, visit www.DogSmith.com or call 1-888-364-7648

The Science Behind The DogSmith® Philosophy

Here are a great selection of scientific articles that support the DogSmith Philosophy and form the foundation behind The DogSmith ARRF and DogSmith MTR

“The Use of Dominance Theory in Behavior Modification of Animals”

  • American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior link

“The Use of Punishment for Behavior Modification in Animals”

  • American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior link

“Whatever happened to the Term ALPHA Wolf?”

  • Article by L. David Mech, senior research scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey and founder and vice chair of the International Wolf Center.link

“Survey of the use and outcome of confrontational and non-confrontational training methods in client-owned dogs”

  • Applied Animal Behavior Science, 2009; 117 (1-2): 47 link

“Using ‘Dominance’ to Explain Dog Behavior is Old Hat”

  • Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, May/June 2009, Pages 135-144 link

“Fairy tales: The top 10 dog behavior myths

  • Jean Donaldson, Behavior Magazine, January 2008 Issue link

“Dominance in dogs – useful construct or bad habit?”

  • Journal of Veterinary Behavior, Vol 4, Issue 3, Pages 135-144 (May 2009) link

“Alpha Status, Dominance, and Division of Labor in Wolf Packs”

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The Most Progressive Dog Training and Pet Care Pet Business Opportunity in America –

The Most Progressive Dog Training and Pet Care Pet Business Opportunity in America – Schedule a call with The DogSmith Founder Today!

The DogSmith is unequaled in the Pet Industry. We are the leading example of what a socially responsible company can accomplish while creating an enviable lifestyle for you, the DogSmith owner. With The DogSmith we have created a business model that provides you with the opportunity for multiple streams of income while giving back to our communities through active commitment to animal rescue groups and shelters. We are ahead of the industry by defining what it means to own your own business in a sustainable, socially conscious and eco-friendly way.

It’s the Right Decision – learn about our Franchise Model

In today’s economy, owning your own DogSmith business may be the best investment you can make. Take it from the likes of J. Paul Getty (who said the only way to make a great deal of money is to own one’s own business) and Warren Buffet (who prefers owning a business to passive investments). We believe that you can be successful in just about any business if you are willing to work hard enough but because of our mission, vision, ethics and values, and our unique DogSmith pledge you will be proud to be a DogSmith. The DogSmith is synonymous with quality and expertise in the pet care industry. We help pets become family! ®

The DogSmith stands alone as the only national franchise that offers both positive, learning-theory based dog training services coupled with professional pet-sitting and dog-walking services.

Have you always dreamed of a career in dog training or owning your own dog training franchise? Are you looking for a Dog Training School that offers hands-on dog training experience to support a complete academic animal behavior curriculum? If you answered yes to these questions, then please contact us for more information.

DogSmith Franchise owners receive extensive hands-on training at The DogSmith Training Center for Dog Trainers and have the opportunity to immediately apply theory to practical use.

We look forward to hearing from you

Regards

Niki Tudge

President & Founder

DogSmith® Franchise Services Inc

Dog Training, Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Pet Waste Cleanup & Pet Nutrition

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What is Responsible Dog Ownership Day?

Show your commitment to providing the best care for your dog by putting your paw print on the AKC Responsible Dog Owner Pet Promise.

Treats and affection, but what about training? Is your dog groomed as often as his breed requires? Is your pup wearing a collar with tags and permanently identified with a microchip to maximize his chances of being returned to you if he becomes lost?

The AKC Responsible Dog Owner Pet Promise, created to bring the spirit of AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day to life, reminds us that raising a happy and healthy pet is more than just playtime and pampering. Owners must ensure their dogs do not infringe on the rights of others, and this includes properly disposing of your dog’s waste in all public areas, adhering to local leash laws and training your dog to sit, come when called and to cease barking so to not disturb others.

We signed the AKC Responsible Dog Owner Pet Promise to show our commitment to our four-legged friends and we hope you will too!

AKC RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNER PET PROMISE

As a dog owner, I do solemnly swear:

* I will never overlook my responsibilities for this living being and recognize that my dog’s welfare is totally dependent on me.

* I will always provide fresh water and quality food for my dog.

* I will socialize my dog via exposure to new people, places and other dogs.

* I will take pride in my dog’s appearance with regular grooming.

* I will recognize the necessity of basic training by teaching my dog to reliably sit, stay and come when called.

* I will take my dog to the vet regularly and keep all vaccinations current.

* I will pick-up and properly dispose of my dog’s waste.

* I will make sure my dog is regarded as an AKC Canine Good Citizen® by being aware of my responsibilities to my neighbors and to the community.

* I will ensure that the proper amount of exercise and mental stimulation appropriate for my dog’s age, breed and energy level is provided.

* I will ensure that my dog has some form of identification (which may include collar tags, tattoo or microchip ID.)

* I will adhere to local leash laws.

2009’s Responsible Dog Ownership Day is presented with the generous support of our sponsor Invisible Fence Brand.

If you are interested in signing up for an AKC CGC dog training program then fetch your Local DogSmith If you are interested in learning how to train dogs and you want to become a dog trainer then visit

The DogSmith shows you how you can become part of a socially responsible,
environmentally friendly, multi-faceted dog training and pet care franchise and start
building wealth doing what you love.

Pet Industry Business Opportunity

The DogSmith stands alone as the only national franchise that offers both positive, learning-theory based dog training services coupled with professional pet-sitting and dog-walking services.

Have you always dreamed of a career in dog training or owning your own dog training franchise? Are you looking for a Dog Training School that offers hands-on dog training experience to support a complete academic animal behavior curriculum? If you answered yes to these questions, then please contact us for more information.

DogSmith Franchise owners receive extensive hands-on training at The DogSmith Training Center for Dog Trainers and have the opportunity to immediately apply theory to practical use.

The DogSmith Relationship Building Exercise Cards

The DogSmith MTR, Relationship cards have arrived. A set of five cards that include 5 great relationship building exercises for you and your dog.Contact your local DogSmith

The DogSmith MTR Cards include .

5 Relationship Building Exercises,

5 Key Training Skills and

5 Key Management Tools