How My Passion For Animals Became AZ Dog Smart Academy!
~Layne, Founder of AZ Dog Smart Academy
I always loved animals as a child—especially dogs and horses. My dog was my constant companion, running beside my minibike, greeting me at the bus stop, going with me everywhere. I experienced how enjoyable and rewarding that relationship was, and I wanted to educate others so they could have those same experiences.I noticed that people didn’t always get the joy from owning a pet that they should. Unconditional tail wagging devotion is what it is all about! Animals teach us loyalty, forgiveness, calmness, companionship and love. So I found a need—for people to learn about pets, enjoy their activities with them, and make learning about that companionship fun!!
My original business was Travel Hounds, which was for people who traveled with their dogs, versus choosing to board them or hire a pet-sitter. Personally, I couldn’t enjoy my vacation to the beach if I knew that my dog would love being there, too. This business supplied products for dogs and traveling, and was about integrating your dog into your lifestyle. In the past, hotels and airlines weren’t as pet-friendly, so it was difficult to travel. Now, as the pet lifestyle continues to increase, businesses have started catering to pet-owners.
The Beginning Of AZ Dog Sports
My first business supplied products, but as I became acquainted with trainers, I discovered more issues I wanted to solve. For example, there are a lot of great products for dogs and traveling, but if the dog isn’t well-behaved, that’s a much bigger problem. Hence, my next logical step was dog training. In addition to providing great products, we’re now providing a training service.
Dog training has been so rewarding! I get to spend time with dogs and dog people. People with animals in their lives seem more compassionate, outgoing, and well-rounded. It’s a common virtue. I think everyone can benefit from understanding that another living being can be as valuable as you are.
Since the success of AZ Dog Sports, we discovered a new need.
AZ Dog Smart Academy – University for Dog Trainers and Professionals
Why did we decide to pursue this?
Daily, we were asked in our facility “How do I become a dog trainer?” or “How can I get involved in a profession that allows me to work with dogs?” Because of these constant inquiries, we decided to add a specialized, hands-on dog training curriculum designed to meet professional certification standards. We are now helping dog lovers pursue a rewarding career while gaining new skills and knowledge to improve dog behavior.
Today, our Arizona dog training school helps people, just like you, become an entrepreneur/dog trainer or gain a professional career working with dogs. Our certified program provides you the opportunity to gain experience, confidence and knowledge for your transition to becoming a certified self-employed trainer or dog professional. For dog lovers, it’s a rewarding career enabling you to truly live what you love.