We had the good fortune of connecting with Beth & Wayne and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Beth & Wayne, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
One aspect of dog training most people do not intuitively get is that, most of the time, we do not need to see the behaviors we will be working to change. We are often presented with the statement, “My dog is terrified of [insert scary thing here]. Let me show you,” or “My dog hates [insert hated thing here]. Let me show you.” As a general rule, we never want to cause the behaviors we are trying to change or terrify your dog unnecessarily. Why have your dog practice something we don’t want her doing? Over the last decade, we have seen more fear, anxiety, aggression, and stress than we would ever like to see, mostly through video of the behaviors taken before we are called. What we want to see is the dog NOT being afraid, stressed, or anxious. We will ask you detailed questions about your canine companions behaviors to elicit the information we will need to help you help your canine companion. Our work is put towards eliminating the behavior you are trying to change and we do not want to create situations that may increase the stress for any reason. Practice makes perfect so let’s practice the behaviors we actually want.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Our tag line is “We train dogs one human at a time using positive, research-based methods” which summarizes both who we are and what we do. While many dog trainers will only focus on the basic behaviors, your sit, stay, leash walking, etc., we do all of that as well as specializing in the more severe cases, such as aggression, fear, separation anxiety, reactivity, etc. Regardless of the case or situation, our clients get the benefits of both of us. As a husband and wife team, with different backgrounds, we bring additional expertise to every client and every class.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Spring Canyon Park in Fort Collins is our favorite place to be. The is so much variety in the park that if you want something different just move to a different area in the park. With trails, fields, wildlife, and, of course, lots of dogs, there is always something to do.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To all of the Pet Parents who have put so much into strengthening their relationship with their Canine Companions.
Wayne Bolen, Monique Renee