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1.  Tell us something about you and your dog training experiences?

I am Samir Shaikh. I am a behaviorist in Mumbai. I am a B.SC graduate from the Mumbai University. I have learned the art of training dogs from Mr.Satywan Dalvi, a well-known trainer. I have a great time while training dogs. I use a combination of traditional ways as well as modern ways to train dogs in a preferred way.


2.  What motivated you to start giving training?

I love dogs but I was more interested in the ways they communicate through their body which has helped me to understand their world in a better way. One of my friends had got a trainer to train his female boxer so I used to accompany my friend and the trainer during the training sessions. With time, the trainer & I, also became good friends. After speaking to him, I realized that I can use my knowledge to train dogs in a much better way so I decided to become a dog trainer.


3.  What are the biggest challenges in training dogs?

The biggest challenge is understanding the mindset of dogs, What is their aggression level? What are their likes/dislikes? Etc. Once I know this it is very easy for me to train them. I have also come across many ill trained dogs and trust me when I say, training these type of dogs is tougher than training untrained dogs.


4.  How has customer feedback motivated you in training?

I usually get positive feedback from my customers. At times, I have also received negative feedbacks and it is this feedback which has helped me to grow into a successful trainer.


5.  Do you have any advice for new/aspiring pet parents?

Before getting a breed, talk to various vets or other dog owners whom you know so that you get an idea as to what you are getting yourself into. Again, depending on the space available in the house you should choose a breed. Getting a smaller breed is ideal if you have a small baby in the house. Lastly, get a dog if you are ready to take care of them in the best possible way.  


6.  Have you noticed any change in the mindset of pet parents over the years?

   Earlier, people used to get a pet which was in trend but today they have become smarter. They take into consideration several things like the house in which they live as in Mumbai houses are small. As a result, people are choosing small and less aggressive breeds like Shih Tzu, Cocker Spaniel, Pug, Beagle etc.



7.  Any tips that you would like to give to pet parents?


Choose a trainer who knows what they are doing, who won't use abusive methods on your pet, who will teach you exactly what is being done in class and who will make sure that your problems are being considered seriously. It’s literally an investment for life if you find a good trainer. There are tons of trainers who use choke chains and shock collars but your dog never needs that kind of treatment.


8.  What are the common mistakes that are done by pet parents?

Most pet owners are late in getting a trainer for their pet. You should start searching a dog trainer as soon as you get a dog as they start learning when they are 7-8 weeks old. To enjoy an obedient dog, you should get your dog trained before they are 9 months old.


9.  How can pet parents reach you?

I'm available on 9892533075.