An interview with Brydie Charlesworth:

Getting insight into how others grow and develop within the dog training industry is always helpful for those aspiring to become a dog trainer one day themselves. People often say that we learn from our own mistakes but what if we didn’t have to. Working collaboratively in our industry is important as there is always a way in which we can learn from one another. As we work towards our end goal of assisting in the development of our furry friends, if we can bypass making our own mistakes by learning from the mistakes others have already incurred, than our own companions education won’t be negatively impacted also.

Brydie Charlesworth opened her business over 7 years ago, finding a gap in the market where she felt she fitted perfectly. So it goes that Brydie continues to work within the dog industry, and is constantly growing, learning, and developing as a trainer as she collaborates with those around her to be the best she possibly can. We got to chat with Brydie this week, as we gathered her thoughts on the training industry as well as how she has grown over time by learning from, and teaching those, within her industry.

As some of us may know the training of dogs isn’t as simple as what some make it out to be. We pondered through Brydie’s website to have a look at her profile, as we come across a section where she claims that “(she) originally got started training when she got her first dog as an adult. He was a rescue pup with some issues and not knowing what she was doing, she unintentionally made them worse”; she then goes on to talk about how working with other trainers and behaviourists finally fixed her issues. We wanted to know exactly how her working with such parties along with studying, developed her training abilities to which she responded;

“Working with others gave me the outside perspective that I needed. While I was a loving pet owner, I had no idea how to fix the issues I’d created and I had no idea of the depth of the issues I had created. I had tried to ‘love’ all of my dogs’ problems out of him when in reality, what he needed was boundaries and appropriate training for him. Working with others showed me what I was missing and what my dog needed to thrive. It also led me to my passion for training dogs.”

Hearing how her slight setback with her own dog lead her to train with others in her field meant that she was able to develop herself as a trainer, as well as her dog, and this opened up the conversation of educating yourself and looking for guidance when it comes to the dog training industry. We continued along the topic of education and how it was of importance to not only educate your pup but also your people. We asked her about her speeches on bite prevention as she educates kids of the Albury region on how important it was to train humans as well as dogs:

“All of the training is aimed at the humans. When it comes to bite prevention especially with children, it’s imperative to teach the adults canine body language and what is acceptable behaviour around dogs. At the end of the day, adult supervision and adults recognising and addressing the signs of an uncomfortable dog is what is going to stop these incidents from happening”

As we finished up on the topic of education, we asked Brydie

“We’ve seen on your site you post important FREE educational tips, what is one tip you believer every dog trainer and dog owner should take on board”

We were a little shocked by her response but by all means enthused by the unorthodox opinion of

“Training is not optional. If you own a dog, you are responsible for ensuring it is trained to a level that ensures it is a good canine citizen.”

And we couldn’t agree more. Every dog owner should be responsible for the training of their own canine in ensuring that it is provided with the best education possible. This makes not only the canines human happy but it clears the animal of any confusion it may encounter along the way.

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