Semi-finalist Q&A: Mason's Mongrel's dog training

Mason's Mongrel's dog training work with dogs of all breeds and ages to help them and their families to realize their full potential and work together as a true family unit.

Information from their grant application is available here. Read below for more, and if you have questions for our semi-finalists don't hesitate to ask them in the comments section.

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How did you come up with the idea for your business?

I've trained dogs since I was a little girl and always took food and items to our local shelters. One trip I noticed people talking to the workers there about why a particular dog was in there. They were explaining the behaviors and problems and how they were the reason for most of their residents. It hit me. Donating wasn't enough. I could prevent dogs from being surrendered, and enjoy every minute of it.

What do you love most about running your own business?
I can be myself. Show my love and compassion for these animals who are so misunderstood.

What makes your business unique?

I deal with all breeds and ages, every dog is treated as an individual, and every owner is involved every step of the way.

What are some of your top business-related accomplishments, or business lessons learned?

We (my husband and I) are building a training facility on our property next to our house. I had to fight to have the property rezoned. Always check for that! You never know.

Why should the Idea Cafe regulars vote for you?

Because so many dogs need my help, and I need the help of the regulars. This building completion will allow me to train in group sessions, right now I have to go to each individuals home. I will also be able to offer additional housing for dogs that I rescue and train to before re homing them. We live on the gulf coast and during hurricane season I will be able to offer some additional housing for pets who would otherwise be left behind during evacuations.


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