We caught up with the brilliant and insightful Dan Glaser a few weeks ago and have shared our conversation below.
Dan, looking forward to hearing all of your stories today. We’d love to have you retell us the story behind how you came up with the idea for your business, I think our audience would really enjoy hearing the backstory.
Honestly, I just needed and wanted a job that I could be passionate about and hit a wall of dead end, meaningless jobs. I was good with dogs and finally connected the dots. Sadly so many dogs are often given up to shelters or even just dumped by owners just because of a behavioral issue that they don’t realize is a simple fix with just a little bit of training. My passion for dogs runs deep in my blood since birth. My approach is making sure I treat every client as a friend and every dog as my own.
Dan, before we move on to more of these sorts of questions, can you take some time to bring our readers up to speed on you and what you do?
My name is Dan Glaser. I’ve always been an animal lover since I was a child. We were a family of Shetland Sheepdog breeders, dog show handlers and groomers. I felt like I have always had a strong connection with dogs. I spent my early life going from job to job searching for a real meaningful direction. Just so happened, due to some unpaid traffic tickets and missed court dates, I found myself in a position needing to do some community service. Presented with a list of options, I was lucky enough to find “working with a local dog rescue at adoption events” I was quickly noticed by the rescue of handling some of the hardest dog behavioral issues. The rescue suggested that I consider training so, between my other 3 jobs, I started to train dogs on the side Getting some clients here and there from the suggestions of family and friends was fun and educational. Soon I got a couple of 5 star reviews and before I knew it I was so busy that I had to quit my other jobs one by one. After years of having a growing business, I saved and saved and was able to fly to The Dog Psychology Center and take a workshop with the famous Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan. After the workshop I was taken aside and invited to be a volunteer at Cesar’s next workshop. My business skyrocketed after that mostly from my reputation of treating every client as a friend. I get most of my new clients from someone seeing their neighbor walking with a well behaved dog and asking them how their dog is good and happy. I also control emails, social media and advertising. I’ve only had a couple of other trainers that have worked with me and now it’s just me and a young trainer that I believe is one of the best trainers around today and together we are still working to build a better, stronger business, so we can help as many dogs as we can. We train humans and their dogs. Our training is always fun, simple and educational.
We’d love to hear a story of resilience from your journey.
I was living check to check at jobs all my life and it’s much easier to live check to check if you are passionate about your purpose.
How about pivoting – can you share the story of a time you’ve had to pivot?
At the start of the pandemic we had to move from a majorly of training at clients houses to boarding and training.
- Website: www.dogsmindtraining.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dogsmindtraining/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dogsmindtraining/
- Youtube: https://youtube.com/user/dogsmindtraining
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/dogs-mind-training-plano-4