Dogs and people have always fascinated me.
When I was a dog trainer, my favorite part of the job wasn't teaching the dog, but improving the relationship between dogs and their people. Both are social species, hard-wired to connect, and I loved offering simple, practical tips for building those connections.
That's why, over more than 25 years of dog training, I spoke at many veterinary and training conferences and wrote three books to help parents and children have successful relationships with their dogs.
But I also sat in far too many living rooms having difficult conversations with parents about their dogs' aggression.
Eventually I was empty and had nothing left to give. I had lost the joy that had highlighted my work.
While trying to regain that spark, I began studying the science of resilience. I learned effective strategies for combating burnout and compassion fatigue.
That knowledge led me in a new direction: Helping pet professionals manage their stress and find more joy so they can continue making a difference without burning themselves out.
The Circle of Resilient and Thriving Pet Pros is a great place for you to start. (It's the "light" version of the UNLEASHED Resilience program.)