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​Are You Guilty of Uncivil and Destructive Workplace Behavior?

​Are You Guilty of Uncivil and Destructive Workplace Behavior?

Mentoring
Are You Guilty of Uncivil and Destructive Workplace Behavior? Do you embark on private discussions with a co-worker where the motivation and goal are simply to complain about other team members? Do you mock others and complain about colleagues and decisions because you always know best? What is Civility? Workplace civility can be defined as...
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40 Years Young or Older – We Need to Support Our Bone Density!

40 Years Young or Older – We Need to Support Our Bone Density!

Mentoring
40 Years Young or Older - We Need to Support Our Bone Density! Even after humans stop growing through automated stages of bone and muscle development, something called appositional growth of the bone continues. This is when new bone matrix layers are deposited over the old layering of bone to establish thicker and more dense...
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Dog Walking Equipment—The Choice Is Yours (Not Your Clients’)

Better Business Dog Walking
These days we’re swimming in an almost endless choice of collars, harnesses, and other walking equipment options. There are also endless opinions about which is best. But as a professional dog walker, it’s your opinion that matters. While each client may have preferred tools for walking their own dogs, when you’re doing the walking, the...
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4 Tips To Organize Your Dog Walking Business For Success

Better Business Dog Walking
Setting yourself up for success—whether at the beginning of a new year or whenever the need to take firmer control strikes—can feel daunting. Where to start? How to begin? If you’re feeling disorganized, less productive than you’d like, frustrated by your business’ slow growth, or dismayed by a work/life balance that is…well, unbalanced, it’s time...
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Getting Organized: Tips for Choosing Your Dog Walking Groups

Better Behavior Dog Walking
Which dogs you walk can be the difference between a lovely, relaxing evening reflecting on your good fortune to have the best job in the world, or a jittery one contemplating a prescription for Xanax. The more carefully you choose the dogs you walk, the easier and more enjoyable your job as a dog walker....
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Policies Have Consequences: How To Get Dog Walking Clients To Do What You Want

Better Business Dog Walking
What if you could make the same money you make, or even more, with fewer clients, while also enjoying calmer, easier behavior from the dogs you walk? Oh, and also smooth out your income so you’re no longer bouncing between bountiful months and tight ones? What if, while you’re at it, your dog walking service...
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Behaviors Have Consequences: How To Get Dogs To Do What You Want

Better Behavior Dog Walking
Learning by consequence is about payoff. It’s about getting what we want and avoiding things we don’t like. People work for money; the consequence of sitting behind a desk in a cubicle for 40 hours a week is a paycheck. (Aren’t you glad you chose a different line of work?) Children whine because it often...
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Word Of Mouth Marketing for Dog Walkers

Better Business Dog Walking
Word of mouth is a highly prized and sought-after commodity, and few things are better for building and maintaining a strong dog walking business. Problem is, you need a lot of people talking before WOM reaches an effective tipping point and, sensational media stories aside, that rarely happens magically. Word of mouth must be actively...
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Using Positive Associations to Create Positive Dog Behavior

Better Behavior Dog Walking
Association, or classical conditioning, is one of the two ways dogs learn, and a large part of how dogs experience the world. Dog walkers tend to be a source of positive associations. Think about how excited dogs get to hear their walker’s vehicle pull up or their key in the lock, or at the sight...
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4 Keys to Positive Dog-Dog Relationships in Group Walks

Better Behavior Dog Walking
Canine personalities vary just as human ones do. There are the natural networkers—the super gregarious dogs for whom to meet a dog is to make an instant new BFF. The most talented among these know just how to match their intensity, greeting style, and play style to any fellow canine they encounter. On the other...
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6 Tips For Reading Dog Body Language for Dog Walkers

Better Behavior Dog Walking
Oh, if only dogs could talk, our jobs would be much easier! But though they don’t speak English, dogs do communicate all the time. A willingness to listen is one of a dog walker’s most important professional attributes. Being a pro means being a life-long student of canine body language, dedicated to attaining an ever...
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How To Know When To Fire a Dog

Better Behavior Dog Walking
We become professional dog walkers because we love dogs so much we want to spend not just our personal lives, but also our working lives in their company. So it can be hard to know when to call it quits with a dog, to make the painful decision to fire a four-legged client. More often...
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Playing It Safe Off Leash

Better Behavior Dog Walking
Dog walking comes in many shapes and sizes. In most areas dog walkers take one dog or a small group of compatible canines on leashed outings, either in their own neighborhoods or after driving to a trailhead or park. But there are some places where off-leash dog walks are both legal and the norm, and...
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Don’t Play It Safe with Your Dog Walking Business

Better Business Dog Walking
Remember how your mom always gave you the lemming talk when you wanted to do something because all the other kids were doing it? You remember it. She’d say, “So what then? If all the other kids were jumping off a cliff, does that mean you should, too?” Personally I never really got the connection...
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5 Dog Training Tips for Professional Dog Walkers

Better Behavior Dog Walking The Two Feet Forward Blog
As dog walkers we don’t train to change dogs’ behavior for their owners. That’s a trainer’s job. We train for canine safety and to make the job easier and more enjoyable for ourselves. Training means an easier time getting past distractions like squirrels, children, garbage on the ground, and other dogs. It means an easier...
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