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June 29, 2015
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Starting a Business Working With Animals
with Gary Cassera

Have you always wanted to work with animals, but didn’t know where to start? Are you already working with animals and looking to take it to the next level? You probably feel overwhelmed by all the details: where to get the necessary education, how to procure clients, how to pay your bills if it is slow, how to handle accidents, and so on.

In this six module course, you will learn how to budget for start-up costs, decide on how much to charge and when to communicate with your clients, and how to make a marketing plan. We will also go over the keys to writing an amazing bio, and how to write letters to clients that don’t pay. You name it, it’s in this course.

I've been in business for close to a decade and I have seen it all. Since I started this journey, I was very careful to make sure I selected the best people to learn from. If I hadn’t seen the problem, they had, and they always had productive suggestions. Also, always remember to do your research. I learned a valuable lesson in a book once: time is not money. Time is time and money is money -- so do your homework, take your time, and you too can create a successful business working with animals.

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Leerburg's Online Starting a Business Working With Animals with Gary Cassera

This has been a great class Gary! I am very pleased to have taken it. You have been a huge source of information, and I have looked forward to it every week and wish it was still going on. Thank you!

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Question: My dog gets stressed out when we need to handle him for flea treatments or baths, do you have any advice?

Hi Cindy,

I have used some of your videos and they are great.

I have a 3 year old Shiba Inu and I am having problems with putting flea treatment on him. I know that you are not advocates of flea treatment, but I haven't been able to control the fleas through other methods. Last time I put frontline on his neck he was very distressed, snapping and crying. I think its fear rather than aggression.

Overall, he is a well trained dog, very polite, and a pleasure to live with. He was stubborn as a puppy but he is much more mature now.

I have also considered bathing him with flea shampoo, but he has been hydrophobic since being a puppy. He used to refuse to walk on wet grass and on one occasion didn't urinate for 2 days because it was raining heavily outside. He whimpers and panics during baths and you can feel his heartbeat sky rocket. He refuses food and other distractions, same as when we were putting the flea treatment on. Any ideas of what I can do to make it less stressful for him?

Cindy's Response:

You might want to desensitize him to the restraint needed to do things like apply medications, etc... Practice this in small bits, long before you need to actually apply the flea treatment.

We have a video called Relationship Games for You & Your Dog. One of the games is about teaching a dog to accept restraint for grooming and things of that nature.

I would recommend watching this 3 part video on fear periods in dogs and how to condition them to things that make them nervous.
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

I hope this helps,
Cindy Rhodes


Thanks so much. I think your advice and these videos have given me some ideas of things I can try. Thank you also for all the tips that I have gained in training my dog. I am so glad I chose to get some of your DVDs. I can see myself in a very different situation if I had not come across your advice on pack structure and marker training when my dog was still a pup.

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Health and Q&A on Behavioral Problems

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