Pet Bloggers Challenge – K9 Coach San Diego

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by jtclough on January 9, 2011

Inspired by my friends at and I’m joining the Pet Blogger Challenge.  This post is a good way to define what I do in the dog blog world as well as lay out the plans for the future.  Enjoy the post and feel free to comment regarding things you’d like to see insightful information about in the future.

The Pet Blogger Challenge posed these questions, here are my answers:

1. When did you begin your blog?

July 2008

2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?

To bring my dog training clients or those looking for answers to dog training needs insight to their most asked questions or dog problems.

3. Is your current purpose the same?

Yes, though there seems to be a deeper purpose.  I’ve deepened my opinion that many of our emotional problems as humans we try to solve through our dogs.  Those who tend to come to me for training whether online or in person end up finding answers to their own previous unresolved behavior through understanding the reflection of their dog’s behavior.

Many times I have people ask me why they ended up with this dog… only to come to the conclusion a couple of sessions later that it was to bring to light the issues they’ve wanted to deeply work on themselves.  It becomes more rewarding as a professional trainer every year… both for dogs and the people I work with.

4. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you?

I have to say as the spirit moves me without a doubt.  It’s honestly how I do almost everything.  I’m a truly intuitive person.  I believe the best of the best of dog trainers have a special art form to them as well.  A hard fast schedule doesn’t always bring the most insightful work from me.

If the latter, do you worry about… well, whatever you might worry about (e.g. losing traffic, losing momentum)?

I have in the past worried about losing traffic due to not posting enough.  I’ve moved on from that and realized that the people who follow me and those who find me are those who need something I tend to give best when I’m most inspired.  Once I came to that conclusion, I found that more people in fact did find my blog posts.  Destiny lives in this case.

5. Are you generating income from your blog?

Yes.  Last year I wrote 5K Training Guide | Running with Dogs.  It was written for those who are beginners to running for fitness and who have dogs that could be the best training partner ever.  It includes dog training lessons as well, for instance a big one… how to get your dog not to pull on the leash!  The feedback from those who have done the program is incredibly encouraging with many, many successes and I intend to write more guides to get people motivated to get out and have fun with their dogs as a way to a healthy, fit lifestyle.

6. What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular (bragging is good!)?

I’ve always liked writing and found a way to do it that also promotes what I do professionally.  I’ve been told over and over that my writing style is one that is profound yet concise.  I love that.  Couldn’t ask for more.  It’s also brought me other opportunities to write, for instance I wrote the K9 Fitness Guide for DogTread, treadmilling your dog for fitness and/or behavior issues.  So yes, from dog trainer to author and income from both makes me not only feel accomplished but incredibly fulfilled and content about what I do.

7. What do you like least?

The technical aspect.  Love my blog but there are things I would put on it more often on the technical side if I knew coding and that type of thing.  However, that doesn’t really go along with my inspirational artistic side so I’ll be happy to pay someone for those types of tasks!

8. How do you see your blog changing/growing in 2011?

I’ll be writing for as well this year and look forward to it.  I’m finding more things to write about instead of less and my enjoyment is increasing more.

Keep you and your dog moving, wag more and enjoy every day in this very moment.


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1 Amy@GoPetFriendly January 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm

GREAT post! Thanks for participating in the Pet Blogger Challenge. We’ll have a Linky list up in the morning, so be sure to add your post.

2 Lori @ According to Gus January 10, 2011 at 11:14 am

I enjoyed reading more about your blog! I only wish Gus could run an entire 5k with us 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Lori @ According to Gus´s last blog post ..Pet Blogger Challenge

3 Pup Fan January 10, 2011 at 11:59 am

Stopping by on the hop – enjoyed reading your thoughts on blogging!
Pup Fan´s last blog post ..Take a look at me now

4 kenzohw January 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Glad I found your blog with more info on excercise and treadmills for dogs (and owners). I have to return when I have read the other challenge posts!
kenzohw´s last blog post ..Bad- bad blog!

5 Kim Clune January 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Wow! What a healthy attitude, lifestyle and blogging ethic! Love it! And I just so happen to be a HUGE fan of clear, concise writing, with personality, of course. Think Tony Morrison or J. M. Coetzee – not a word wasted – with humor. Looks like you truly fit the bill. 🙂 So nice to meet you!
Kim Clune´s last blog post ..Pet Blogger Challenge

6 Shauna (Fido & Wino) January 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I totally agree that we should look at ourselves when trying to figure out any issues we are having with our dogs.

You are clearly very passionate- great to meet you!
Shauna (Fido & Wino)´s last blog post ..Pet Blogger Challenge- crazy adventures

7 Vicky January 11, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Really enjoyed reading your responses. It’s true…dogs tell us worlds about ourselves. look forward to reading more in the future.

8 CindyLu January 12, 2011 at 7:28 am

Stopping by, it’s great to meet you! You have fascinating subjects to read about!
CindyLu´s last blog post ..Pet Blogger Challenge

9 Pamela January 14, 2011 at 4:17 am

Glad you participated in the challenge. It was neat to discover your site and your work.

I was glad to hear you talk about addressing the emotional needs of your human clients when working with their dogs. You are so right that the choices we make with our dogs have so much to do with our inner needs. Unfortunately, dogs can sometimes pay a high price for this emotional neediness.

Good luck in your work.
Pamela´s last blog post ..Wordy Wednesday – What I Learned from the Pet Blogger Challenge

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