If you’re experiencing burnout, teetering on its edge, or have ever gotten a taste or even a whiff, you’ll want to join me for this one. I’ve asked Veronica Boutelle of dogbiz to share her best tips for creating balance between running our businesses and enjoying our lives (as business owners, dog lovers, and just people with families and hobbies and interests). If your hair feels like it’s on fire, you can’t get off the hamster wheel, or you’re juggling too much, come hang out with us. If you’ve got a to-do list that has no chance of getting done you’re going to want to be there. If you haven’t had a vacation in years and you don’t take regular days off every week don’t miss this. Really, it’s a game changer. Veronica is going to do some teaching and then we’re going to pick her brain, so bring your questions!
About Veronica Boutelle;
Veronica is the founder of dogbiz, through which she has been helping +R dog trainers learn to run successful businesses since 2003. She is the author of multiple books, including How to Run a Dog Business: Putting Your Career Where Your Heart Is and Minding Your Dog Business: A Practical Guide to Business Success for Dog Professionals. She also writes regular business columns and articles for key dog training industry journals, including those of the US, New Zealand, and Australian APDTs, as well as the PPG. Veronica is a sought-after speaker at conferences and dog training schools across the US and internationally, including her two favourite places to visit and work, New Zealand and Australia.
As former Director of Behavior & Training at the San Francisco SPCA, and as a dog training business owner before that, Veronica understands what it means to be a dog trainer first hand—the daily worries about everything from client compliance to financial security, the unique challenges of a “flexible” schedule that requires evenings and weekends, and the struggle to balance clients and training with the minutiae of running a business—and to balance all of that with a rich non-work life. Her background as a trainer, her business expertise, and her work as an educator put Veronica in a unique position to help professional dog trainers learn to become as skilled in business as they are as trainers—and that means more dogs’ lives touched by positive training.