Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaime Juda.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Believe it or not, I never actually had a dog growing up. I acquired my first dog, a Newfoundland named Buzz when I was 20 years old. I was totally fascinated by him. He was an incredible sight to behold. However, as he matured, he started showing signs of aggression. He was incredibly loving and affectionate with me but he would charge anyone that came near me and he was very possessive. I had decided to reach out to a few trainers for help. At that time, training techniques were still primarily punishment based. We just didn’t know any better. These harsh methods only proved to make my dog worse. After Buzz charged my husband and pinned him to a wall, we had made the decision to return him to the breeder. It was a horribly sad day. I knew I had failed him. After some time, we brought another dog into our home (a golden retriever named Samson). At this time, there was more and more information readily available on the internet and I dug in. I was bound and determined to make sure this dog was a great dog. Neighbors, family, friends, etc. were so impressed with what I had accomplished with him that they started asking me to train their dogs. I started training professionally from there. That was 16 years ago! For the majority of my career my employment was through word of mouth. About 7 years ago, I created the company My Personal Dog Trainer. I attended Catch Canine Trainers Academy and graduated with distinction. From there, I went on to earn my CPDT-KA. I now specialize in aggression and anxiety and love working with both dogs and people. Honestly, I think it is working with people that brings me the most joy. I love seeing how happy they are when their dog reaches its fullest potential.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been a smooth road. I am a certified dog trainer. Meaning, I attended school specifically for training and behavior and went through a long process to receive my certifications. I am a mom of three and balancing studying, school, work and kids (one of whom has special needs and a rare auto immune disorder that keeps him from attending school) was definitely a challenge. Also, I am constantly adding to my education. I currently attend seminars, workshops, webinars, reading, etc. The balancing act continues 😉
Taking all of my knowledge and applying what I learn can also be challenging. Each client and dog is incredibly unique and there are just so many variables that make training something that I will always be adapting and evolving.
I found taking my business from a word of mouth employment to a full-fledged professional business to be extremely challenging and stressful yet rewarding. I am a dog trainer and found myself in a position of having to learn about web development, web design, domain names, and marketing and then I had to go about hiring for each of these positions all while maintaining my core clients.
My Personal Dog Trainer – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a certified, professional dog trainer. I provide private training sessions in the comfort of my clients’ home or the option to board and train in the comfort of my home.
I am so incredibly proud of my company! I pride myself on customer service and I believe in building a relationship with the human side of the equation. It is the people I truly want to help. Having a dog with behavioral issues can be so disruptive, discouraging, embarrassing and let’s not forget, frustrating. I consider myself a counselor to both the dog and human. My primary goal is to bring both of them relief.
As a professional dog trainer and behavior specialist, I am known for my abilities in working with aggressive dogs and dogs with anxiety. I do not limit myself to this. I also enjoy working with normal “naughty” dog behaviors such as, jumping, digging, barking, etc.
I love educating my clients on canine behavior. Why it is their dog is doing what it is doing. Sometimes that alone can bring a little relief to the situation. I also bring a fun side to the whole experience. I have been told I have an amazing sense of humor and this makes the process so much easier and more enjoyable for my clients. I also pride myself on being there for my clients long after training is “over”. All of the above sets me apart from other dog trainers.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I define success by how happy my clients are at the end of the whole process. The dog not only has to be trained but my clients have to be happy with the results and the process it took to get those results. Referrals are the greatest compliment of all and most of my clientele are made up of referrals. I ask for reviews on Google, Facebook and Thumbtack. Reviews are a great marker for how successful my training really is. I always guide my perspective clients to my reviews because I have so many glowing reviews. I believe that shows them that I am successful in what I do. Happy clients plus happy dogs equals success 😉
- Website: www.mypersonaldogtrainer.com
- Phone: 630-240-7850
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mypersonaldogtrainer/?hl=en
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/mypersonaldogtrainer
- Other: https://www.thumbtack.com/il/lombard/pet-care/dog-trainer
People: Mike McInerney, Liz Hettmann, Beatrice Salvino, Debbie Shultz, McKenna Juda
Dogs: Willie, Liam, Loki, Oliva, Ricky, Carrot, Paisley and Sasha.