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Our Story

Our Story

How we got started is quite unique a story worth being told. I (Corey) haven’t ever shared this publicly, with this much detail, so now it is on the record and here for your enjoyment.

With that being said, let me take you on a journey.

Back in 2015 after graduating high school and not knowing what I wanted to do with my life I started selling cars. This was a poor decision, but it led me to where I am today.  

On a slow day at work I was looking at protection dogs online. Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted a personal protection dog. But when I saw the 30K price tag and was immediately discouraged.

In my discouragement, I started walking around the car lot and an idea that changed my life ran through my head. The simple thought was, “I can train my own protection dog.”

This one thought is the reason you are reading this right now. Because after thinking this I had another life changing thought, “I can become a dog trainer! That is what I can do with my life. I can train protection dogs!”

Immediately after thinking this, I called my dad, and told him what was racing through my head. And I had his full support!

After talking to my dad, I started looking up dog training companies here in town, I started calling these companies and trying to find a place to work with dogs. Most of them told me no. Even if they didn’t train protection dogs, I just knew I wanted to work with dogs.

But with persistence and a lot of determination, two days later I started working for who is now one of my biggest competitors as a dog-watcher.

Shortly after becoming a dog-watcher I started working at a kennel in Millington with some trainers for free. This means scooping dog poo, lol. I had to work in order to learn the art of training protection dogs.

Here is a pic of me geared up on my first day and ready to train at the kennel in Millington.

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During this time I was spending about as much time as I could at this place. I was a sponge. Just soaking in knowledge each day.

Also during this time I was working a full-time landscaping job during the spring/summer months to be able to afford my costs of living.

My daily schedule was wake up, go to work, go to kennel, go home and sleep, then repeat. Dogs were my priority for sure.

Fast forward about eight months of me training dogs on a field for protection and scooping poo for free, I got my personal dog Mia when my parents were out of town. Kids, if you are reading, I would not recommend this.


Here is a picture of her as a puppy the day I got her.

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Shortly after I got Mia I knew I was in trouble. Like I said, I had trained protection dogs in a kennel/field setting, but never to live peacefully in a home setting. So trying to apply the stuff I learned on a field at my home… well, it wasn’t as applicable as you might think.

Mia grew quick and was becoming worse behaved by the day. She was very rambunctious and chewing stuff up like crazy.


There is a dog shaming picture below. Note: my mom took this, and at the time it wasn’t funny, but I guess looking back now they are as I write this.

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It wasn’t too long before Mia got kicked out. She had to go live at the outdoor kennel in Millington! As you can imagine, her getting kicked out motivated me to get my butt to work. I started training her daily and spending lots of time with her.


I didn’t know what to do though, or how to train her to live at home. So I started calling trainers I admired from online, reading books, watching videos and DVDs. Anything I could do to learn to train my dog to live in a home setting.

I would say within a month, due to my training efforts, Mia returned home.

It wasn’t long after this that I had an epiphany that changed my life forever.

My epiphany was simple. “Other people have dogs that were acting up as bad, or worse than mine.”

After realizing this, I knew I had to do my part in changing the relationship dog owners had with their dogs.

After my epiphany (and getting screwed over by other local trainers time and time again), I applied to the best dog training school in the country to become a Master Dog Trainer.

Here is a bit of a timeline to save you some reading.

Timeline:

1/9/17 I applied to the school

1/25/17 I was accepted into the Master Dog Trainer program

1/25/17-6/31/17 Work almost every single day serving tables at the #1 restaurant in Memphis each night and parking cars during the day to save money for school.

7/1/17 I arrived at school

7/3/17 First Day of class

7/5/17-12/14/17 Train dogs M-F at school and train Mia on weekends

10/18/17 Started a job at the school (Scooping more poo) from 5:30-9:30-10:30 for $8/hr daily just to get by financially.

12/14/17 Graduated school as a Master Dog Trainer

12/15/17 I moved home, back to Memphis.

12/16/18 Got my first two clients.

1/1/18 I officially started One Dog Obedience Training (which later became Wonder Dog Training, Games & Services)


This first year has been so much fun.

I have worked with so many dogs.

I have gotten to meet and work with so many people and families.

I have grown so much as a person.

I have gotten to bring other people onto my team with me as well.

I didn’t quite know what to expect when starting this business. I just wanted to help people with their dogs and make a living. I had no idea that this would take off so quickly and we would be able to serve so many families. It is truly humbling.

This business is such a blessing and it is with heart and soul that I do what I do. My mission is to help as many people as I can enjoy life with their dogs and we are doing just that.

Next year our goal is to continue growing and serving families and their dogs at the highest level. We plan to continue our growth by creating more jobs and adding to the team we currently have. We will do this by serving and providing the highest quality, humane training in the Memphis market.

If you read this far, thank you.


If you have a dog that is unruly and you think could benefit from speaking with a trainer, I would be humbly honored to take the time to chat with you about your dog.


If you are interested in a free consultation, click the button below this blog and fill out the form.


Thanks again for reading.

Below are a couple of my favorite pictures from my time at dog training school.

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Private Lessons or Group Classes?

Group classes or Private Lessons with a trainer?

Both. 

Both are awesome. Depending on where you are with your dog and what level of obedience your dog has is going to determine which you should choose. 

If you are starting with a blank slate and having issues, I would go with private lessons. 

If your dog has some prior training and you want a tune up, I would go with group classes. 

Price

While group classes are MUCH cheaper, private lessons are WAY more effective. 

Typically, a set of group classes is around $150 for 6 classes. 

Private training normally starts around $500+ for in-home training. 

There is a huge difference in the price there! Why is that?

Well in private training, you are working with a trainer 1-on-1. You and your dog are the only focus of your trainer and the training is tailored to the issues you are having with your dog. Typically this training is done in a quiet and private setting. 

With group classes, you are in a room with anywhere from 2-20 dogs in a class. The instructor is instructing groups of people and addressing individual issues less. There are also more people so the trainer can charge less and make the same, hence the huge price difference. 

The Wonder Dog way...

At Wonder Dog Obedience Training, I decided I wanted to do things a bit differently. I wanted my clients to have the best of both worlds!

One day after thinking about ways to serve dogs and people better, I realized I needed to have group classes! 

So I decided to give them away FREE! 

Yes, free. I am able to do this by allowing only current and former clients into my group classes. This way, people and dogs still get the benefits of group classes, but they aren't struggling in class with a dog that won't listen, because their dogs have already been trained. 

If I were you...

I would start with a few private lessons with a trainer, then start to attend group classes when you are ready. 

If you are interested in either private training programs or group classes, then fill out the form and click here.

If you are having any issues with your dog, big or small, I want to assist you in training. Helping families enjoy life with their dogs is what this chapter of my life is all about! 

 

 

 

 

The Quick Guide to FAST Potty Training

No one likes when their dog pees or poops in the house, right?

Most of the issues that dog owners call me with are the same. Typically the list of problem behaviors they deal with are lack of potty training, pulling on the leash, jumping up and general disobedience.

Potty training is typically the first bad behavior I address, simply because it's gross and it is the first thing the owners want taken care of.

BUT, I can't be the one to train their dog to use the bathroom outside because I am not there all the time. So it is up to the owner to potty train their own dog.

I like to keep things as simple as possible for people, so I decided to come up with a easy potty training program that anyone can do, and it works like a charm!

Before you learn the steps, one thing to remember here is that consistency is key here. Without consistency potty training your dog will be a pain-staking process.

Lets jump right in!

Step 1

Let your dog out A LOT! 

If your dog is eliminating in the house, one of two things are going on, your dog is not being let out frequently enough. 

Or, you are letting your dog out enough but he doesn't know that outside is where he is supposed to go potty. This is where the training comes in, which leads us into step number two. 

Step 2

Reward your dog for doing the right thing! 

When working with your dog on their bathroom habits it is crucial to make sure they know they are doing the right thing.

The best way to go about this is to go out with your dog in the beginning and when they potty outside, tell your dog "Good boy!" and give him a treat! Make going potty in the right place a BIG deal! 

Step 3

Supervise potty breaks!

In the beginning, you need to be keeping an eye on your dog when you take him out. You don't necessarily have to go out with your dog every time, you can also watch through a window. 

When first starting potty training, I do recommend going outside with your dog so you can reward him for doing the right thing. 

Supervising potty breaks will give you another advantage because you can start to come up with a pattern of when your dog uses the bathroom and wether he pees or poops.

Step 4

Crate train your dog!

During the potty training process, using a crate is crucial! When you are not home, your dog needs to be in a crate. When you are home and not paying attention to (doing a project, cooking dinner, watching a movie, etc.) your dog should be in a crate. 

The main reason your dog needs to be crate trained is because if you are not paying attention or supervising your dog, he has a chance to go into another room and potty in the floor. Using the crate is an awesome way to avoid unwanted accidents!

Step 5

If you catch your dog using the bathroom in your home, interrupt the behavior!

By interrupt the behavior I mean you need to tell your dog "No!" firmly and then rush him to the door and let him out immediately! 

Step 6 (Optional)

Start a potty log!

This is optional, but if you are serious about quickly getting your dog potty trained, then starting a potty log is awesome!

Every time you take your dog out, write down the time and wether your dog peed, pooped, both, or neither. This will allow you to track your dogs potty habits as well create a pattern. When you develop a pattern, you can figure out when your dog needs to be let out.

In this log, you should also track any accidents your dog has in between potty breaks and times you discover the accidents.

I hope this helpful and you can train your dog quickly to use the bathroom in the right place!

A Few Tips

Always make sure your dog is clear of any medical issues that could be related to eliminating. 

Dogs are social creatures by nature. If your dog is in the same room as you and he gets up randomly and goes to another room for no reason, it is probably because he needs to relieve himself!

Never punish your dog for eliminating in the house. If your dog is eliminating in the house, it is almost always the humans fault. So please never spank, hit, or punish your dog for going in the house but instead take the time and train your dog the right way. 

Thanks for reading!

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What Benefits Can Petting Your Dog Have?

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Have you ever noticed...

That when you are petting your dog, you seem to calm down a bit? Does having your dog around make you feel a bit more safe? When your dog is around, are you more at peace?

In the book The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs animal behaviorist Patricia B. McConnell tells us that studies have shown that petting your dog can have awesome physical benefits for us humans!

When you pet a dog studies have shown that it reduces heart rate AND blood pressure in humans!

Cool, right?

But it also reduces heart rate and blood pressure in the dog too! 

Stress Relief

Not only does petting a dog reduce heart rate and blood pressure but it also relieves stress!

According to the University of Missouri-Colombia petting a dog for just 15 minutes releases three feel good hormones, serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin. It also lowers the stress hormone cortisol!

Dogs are awesome, aren't they?

Well enough reading, go reduce some stress and heart rate! Go pet your dog!

Thanks for reading! 

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