Hey y'all! Kevin from All Dogs go to Kevin here. It is safe to say that this year has been the best year of my life. Lots of changes happened with ADGTK and it has been fantastic. About halfway through the year my wonderful, beautiful, and talented girlfriend Kelly moved on up to Ohio. Since her arrival we have been able to make some big changes to the classes which we have found have helped people a ton. Also since Kelly's arrival we have been able to co-teach all of the classes which has really provided even more help to our clients. That's right, all of our classes are co-taught by two professional trainers.
This past year we've added Katherine Knapp to the team to head our Dog Walking and Pet Sitting departments. She has done a wonderful job and she even watches our dogs when we go out of town. Katherine is doing fantastic and we couldn't be happier with the services that she is providing to our clients. In 2016 we plan on advertising these services more so they're more well known to the general public and also our clients.
Another awesome sight to see every time we walk in the doors is our awesome assistants/interns, Chris, Crystal, Sierra, Lydia and Katherine. They all started as students and decided that they wanted to pursue a career in the dog training field. It's fantastic to have all of them on the team and we are very lucky as they continue to show their dedication day in and day out. They make our jobs so much easier by demoing the skills we are teaching the dogs during classes, helping people with training equipment, and also they do a fabulous job at cleaning up pee and poo during puppy socials. We've been told we look like a nascar pit crew. Thanks again guys, we love having y'all.
The business was opened in March of 2012. At the time the only service offered was private dog training done in the person's home. This is a service we continue to offer. Now we offer 15 different group classes, dog walking and pet sitting. As I'm writing this I am humbled and overwhelmed with joy to see all the hard work pay off. It means the world to me that we are able to offer services that people need in a humane way that the human and dog both really enjoy.
I'm not really sure what to expect for 2016. My expectations though are more growth. As I mention above, we are really going to focus on getting the dog walking and pet sitting off the ground. Did I mentioned that all our pet sitting and dog walking services include training? That's right! Your dog will not be doing undesirable behaviors on our watch.
As for Kelly and I... Kelly has accepted a job with the world renowned The Academy for Dog Trainers. I'm so proud of her as that is a real honor. She is such a hard worker and this really shows it. My goal this year is to attend the academy to further my knowledge and to get a formal education. As I preach a lot, dog training is an unregulated industry and anyone can call himself or herself a dog trainer.
I want to personally thank you all for sticking around the website/Facebook page. It's always great getting to know everyone. We will continue to post lots of fun True or False and multiple choice questions. I also want to thank you all for your support. I know there are a lot of you that have been around since the beginning. I will never forget you guys and will always be thankful for your support. Additionally, I want to thank all of our awesome, wonderful, dedicated clients. You guys are the best and really keep us going. Keep on coming back with your smiling faces and happy dogs.
Thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful holiday season!
- Kevin, Kelly, V, Villere, and Rosa