April 5, 2021

The Power of Friendship and Collaboration in the Dog Training Industry

The Power of Friendship and Collaboration in the Dog Training Industry

In an industry where competition is the name of the game, it can feel very lonely. Imagine having someone in the industry who looks out for you, supports you, and collaborates with you. And then imagine if that person was your best friend… On this...

In an industry where competition is the name of the game, it can feel very lonely. Imagine having someone in the industry who looks out for you, supports you, and collaborates with you. And then imagine if that person was your best friend…

On this episode we speak with two pairs of best friends who have chosen to embrace personal connection, friendship, and collaboration over competition. Over the years, their relationships have gone from professional connections to something deeper and they now consider each other to be among the most important people in their lives. In this conversation, they share the joys of what it's like having the support of another person who knows the world you live and work in and how they've been able to better grow their business – and help you grow yours!

Join us for this uplifting and inspiring conversation about the value of best friends in work and life! If you have a similar relationship, you’ll understand all of the dynamics of these two pairs of best friends. If you don’t have a best friend, you’ll want one (and you’ll want to be one to someone else)!

[00:00] Introduction

[1:44] Meet Lindsay Stamper

[2:41] Meet Laura King

[3:21] Meet Tori Roser

[4:08] Meet Justine Oakwood

[4:47] The benefits of friendship and collaboration over competition

[9:57] Building a strong friendship with your "competition" based on trust

[15:20] The line between business and friendship

[22:36] The challenges of running dog training businesses

[27:38]  Advice to women who want to start collaborating instead of competing

[31:38] The influence that women have on the dog training industry

[34:59] The impact friendship has on marriage

[44:08] The benefits of supporting other women to build a better dog training industry


Connect with Stephanie McCabe:


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dogwomenunleashed/ 


Connect with Lindsay Stamper:


Taking The lead Ohio - https://www.facebook.com/TakingTheLeadOhio/about/ 


Connect with Laura King:


Kings Creatures - https://www.kingscreatures.com/ 


Connect with Tori Roser:


Pawlished Dog Training - https://www.pawlisheddog.com/ 


Connect with Justine Oakwood:


Full Moon Dog Training - http://www.fullmoondogs.com/

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Tori Roser

Guest - Episode 3

Tori is the owner of Pawlished Dog Training, LLC located in Mentor, Kentucky. Tori has been training dogs professionally since 2014.

After graduating from National K9's Master course, she has traveled across the country learning from the best and most innovative in the field. She now serves on the International Association of Canine Professionals's (IACP) Legislative and Research Committee and is an Affiliate of Volhard Dog Nutrition.

Her company offers private lessons, residency programs, and community training events like group classes and pack walks for her clients to continue their education. Her main goal as a pet dog trainer is to advocate for how the dog feels and sees situations to bridge the communication gap for clients. She strives to create an environment where clients feel that they always have access to more learning opportunity and a place to come for help whenever it is needed.

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Justine Oakwood

Guest - Episode 3

In 2007 I made the decision to attend National K9 school for dog trainings, not knowing that this practical based decision would spark a fiery passion. The education I received jump started a career that I never imagined I would deeply enjoy. Since attending NK9, I’ve committed to continuing my education by attending conferences yearly. This deep thirst for knowledge and broadening my skill set has allowed me to work with some of the world's top professionals, learning from trainers such as the Monks of New Skete, Mark Goldberg, Wendy Volhard, Mark McCabe, Jeff and Kelly Schettler, Scott Mueller, Cyndy Douan, Victoria Warfel, and Pat Stuart. The topics of these conferences covered everything from assistance work to trailing, and included every conceivable training tool. I prefer to take a holistic approach to training, address physical issues at the root of behavioral problems. I firmly believe a one size fits all training approach doesn’t work for most people and it definitely doesn’t do their dog’s justice. Every dog deserves a happy owner and every owner deserves a happy dog. I’m honored to guide my clients through their own individual training journey.

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Laura King

Guest - Episode 3

Laura is a Certified Dog Trainer and a member of the Therapy Dog Committee with the International Association of Canine Professionals and a Professional Affiliate of the Midwest Bat Working Group.

She began training animals professionally in 2012 at the Saginaw Children's Zoo, a facility accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). She went on to work for Joel Slaven's Professional Animals, Inc at two other AZA-accredited facilities, SeaWorld Orlando and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. She then entered the pet-training field at Found Chicago, where she trained dogs under Fabian & Brittney Romo & Jeff Jenkins. Laura launched King's Creatures in Tomah, WI, in September 2017. In September 2019, she moved King's Creatures to Cedar Rapids, IA.

She has worked with parrots, chickens, raptors, lemurs, marmosets, sugar gliders, otters, snakes, lizards, deer, pigs, cows, goats, sheep, camels, donkeys, tarantulas, cockroaches, skunks, rats, raccoons, cats, and dogs -- just to name a few! She utilizes her wide variety of animal training experience to work with her clients to develop the best training plan for their pets so that animals and humans alike can easily enjoy their lives together. She is always striving to create relationships in our communities that inspire compassion, encourage conservation, and lead people and animals to enjoy life together.

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Lindsay Stamper

Guest - Episode 3

Lindsay Stamper is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) for Taking The Lead, LLC. She provides Board and Train, In Home, and Virtual Lessons to clients in Columbus, Ohio. Lindsay has been training exotic and domestic animals since 2012. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marine Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Lindsay’s career began with internships training dolphins, seals, and sea lions. Her first job was a trainer and performer for Joel Slaven’s Professional Animals located at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Then Lindsay moved to Pilot Dogs in 2016 where she trained guide dogs for visually impaired people. This style of training drew Lindsay to her current position as a domestic dog trainer. Lindsay founded and runs Taking the Lead, LLC from her home in Grove City, Ohio. She loves working one-on-one with her clients and their dogs to teach them successful training habits. Lindsay’s goal is to eventually start training and certifying Therapy Dogs and Service Dogs. Some of Lindsay’s hobbies include board games, reading fantasy books, water sports, playing dungeons and dragons, and all things nerdy.