Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
My interest in dogs started when I was 3 years old. My parents worked all the time and eventually split up which fed my deep relationship with dogs, they were always there for me. Growing up I would always gravitate towards dogs but never knew working with them would be my calling. After high school, I tried college and dead-end jobs. It wasn’t until I got my first Saint Bernard puppy Saint. Getting saint pushed me to move out of my mom’s house and work two jobs to support my new apartment and my growing puppy! Saint unfortunately died tragically in my arms on my way to a friend’s house. After that my whole life shifted in dedicating my life to helping dogs. I started my first dog walking company at age 19, my friends and family did not support this decision as they thought it was a waste of my time. I was known as the dog guy, I spent ALL of my twenties building and trying to grow my dog walking business, barely making ends meet and on the verge of giving up. I knew there was a bigger picture out there for me, I felt this deep in my soul, I have put on this earth the work with dogs. I got a phone call one day from a client asking for training help, I explained I wasn’t a trainer but I’m sure I can help. That one phone called led to another and the rest is pretty much history. I now own my one facility with a staff of 10 and travel all over the country working with celebrities, athletes, politicians, and much more! I work with I have been featured on many news stations with many front-page newspaper appearances with my volunteer work with wolves in Colorado. I work with the NFL’s super bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, The governor of NYS Andrew Cuomo, and a catalog of MLB players and have done many online consulting with well-known actors and actresses. I also work alongside accredited colleges in certifying new dog trainers. I have built my own brand, America’s Canine Educator, and have over 200K subscribers on youtube and a chart-topping Podcast called No Bad Dogs!
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
I went from living in a tent in my buddies back yard to one of the most recognizable dog trainers on the internet. I went from dreaming of sharing my work and techniques with millions and being a big YouTuber like Logan Paul to staying at Logan Pauls’s house for a week in LA to train his dogs.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
I always tell my online student and colleagues to remember why you got into this career. If you’re doing it for the money get out, the dog industry needs empathy and passion, not greed, Dogs need us more than ever. Just like any other career, if you’re making a wave at what you do many people will try and shoot you down. People will not like you, you have to see the bigger picture and focus on why you started.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
My father has been my rock throughout my climb in my career. He, unfortunately, lives in a different state but we talk every single day. From day one we encouraged me to do my best and to achieve my wildest dreams. Slowly but surely everything we dreamed and talked about has happened. Almost every single thing I wanted to achieve in life has been accomplished. I owe a lot of my success to my dad and his positive attitude. I am on the road almost every week traveling in hotels in different cities conducting seminars or catering to private clients. He has been there every step of the way, every city, every monumental goal, and most importantly during the tough times. The times when I wanted to give up and walk away, he was one of the reasons I kept going.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I have donated a lot of my time and knowledge to local shelters, taking the dogs just about ready to be put down and I go in and save them. I bring them to my facility and house them, feed them, and rehabilitate them. I recently have been using my youtube channel platform to raise money with my audience. Almost every video I do a fundraising challenge or aspect into my video and donate the money to a nonprofit dog related organization.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” I really apply this to everything I do, I have proved to myself that If I can think of something, I can put it into reality. The process of making some of these things happen is still a process.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
My Instagram @tomdavis or @upstatecanine my youtube channel Upstate Canine Academy, my award-winning podcast on all podcasting platforms No Bad Dogs as well as Facebook America’s Canine Educator.