During our careers working in animal shelters and private training, we found that MANY of the dogs were struggling with behavior issues. We saw dogs who couldn't safely be around other dogs, or bit people when afraid, or couldn't handle their need for attention without jumping and biting. In most cases, these challenges could have been prevented with early behavior support and training, like basic puppy socialization at critical times, and early behavior intervention.
But we also knew that dog training and behavior just wasn't accessible to everyone in our community. Most professional training is expensive (and rightly so- it requires time and expertise). The field is unregulated, so there are unqualified and sometimes unethical trainers who will promise quick fixes and make things worse. Dog training can sometimes be inaccessible and uninviting, and resources for Spanish speakers are highly limited. We knew that to really make dog training available to our whole community, we would have to dig deep to find solutions to these challenges.
We hope that Every Dog will serve as a hub for dog training and behavior information in Austin. We look forward to providing classes from manners to dog sports, and offering webinars from local and national experts. We hope to use our future paid products to subsidize affordable and free options available for those who need it, and to work with community partners to provide behavior support to people who normally wouldn't reach out to a trainer. We're here to offer science-based, ethical resources for dog owners, and to be a trusted source for referrals and information. We will support local dog trainers who share our ethics in training, and work to amplify their efforts. We're here for you, Austin.