Being a dog trainer is listening

For those who want to become a dog trainer, or those who are just interested in some thoughts on the subject:

Being a dog trainer is not just teaching and instructing, but is listening. Dogs tell us what they need.┬áIf I gave up on every dog who wasn’t “getting it” like I wanted right away and I called them a waste of my time and said their issues are bullshit, I would look for a different job. We teach dogs with patience, and when we listen to them, we learn. If we feel frustration we take a break and never let the dog see that emotion. A dog has to have its basic needs met in order to live up to its full potential as a teammate. We look within ourselves to give them what they tell us they need, knowing they will give us the unconditional love, loyalty, effort, and companionship of a dog.

-Jennifer Hack