The Story So Far
Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Nathalie. I’m an aspiring dog trainer.
I’m starting an “all things dog” blog since I’m in a new place and wanted to change up my routine a bit. My goal with this blog is to keep track of my journey and hopefully be able to help out at least one person along the way.
Where It All Began
Since I was a kid, I’ve always loved dogs (like a good majority of people do I would imagine). It wasn’t until 2007, however that my family got our first dog. We named her Shiver since when we first saw her she was shivering hence the name. She was tiny, feisty, energetic, and extremely smart. All things that you would imagine from a Yorkshire Terrier really. She was my first step into the dog world.
Back then, I wasn’t as active in training. We just took her to the basic obedience classes that you could find at pet stores and once she learned all of that, we messed around with some random trick such as jumping through a hoop, spinning, or even crawling under an object. It wasn’t until later that I took a real step into dog training.
When college came around, I moved into a place with my (now) friends. They had a dog named Pluto that they recently adopted. We didn’t know what breed he was or even how old he was (we believed him to be a young adult and some sort of spaniel mix at the time).What we did know was that he was human and dog reactive. We didn’t know what to do. We went to the basic dog training class that we went through with my first dog, but beyond learning basic obedience, he was still reactive. Nothing was working. It wasn’t until we reached out to a dog training company that catered to situations like ours that stuff really changed. From there on, I was exposed to the potential of all the things that we could be doing with our dogs and the life that people can have with their dogs. I was hooked into learning as much as I could from that point.
Alongside all of this was happening, I was also fostering dogs. Fostering was something I’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t had to ability to before. I was able to work with many dogs and just be part of their journey to finding their forever home. It was both heartbreaking to see them go, but also getting to see them happy with their new families just brings joy. It was an experience that I would never give up. There isn’t really any one real way to work with every dog. They all had their problems, but each dog was unique in their own ways.
Fostering has made me realized that I not only want to build a great bond with my dog, but I also want to help others build a great relationship with their own pups too. There is still so much more to learn about dogs. Every time I think I’m almost there, another thing comes up to learn about.
Where It Is Now
I got my first dog January of this year. This was after a few years of fostering and puppy raising dogs. I not only wanted to get my own dog after seeing so many dogs go, but also thought that if I was going to be a dog trainer then the next step would be having my personal dog. Her name is Maze. She’s a KNPV malinois. My goal for her is to be a PPD and a demo dog. I hope to share some of my journey with her in this blog too.
Along with that, I’m currently interning at a dog training company with hopes of getting a job there (wish me luck). It’s been interesting working with different types of dogs outside of my own home. Also amazing being able to see clients as they progress alongside their dogs and just be able to achieve their personal goals of where they want to be.
Where It Is Going
Things that I want to achieve this year
- Be able to say I’m a dog trainer
- Build a great bond with Maze and work towards my goal with her
- Go to workshops and seminars
- Be able to work with more dogs
- Help clients achieve their own goals with their dogs
- Learn more about dogs in general
- Release better content and post more blogs
Hope you join me on my journey as I learn more about dog training and figure out how to blog.