Interview with Renée Nicole Erdman (@bravodogtraining)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Working with dogs and people to enrich and improve their lives came about after working in the veterinary field and then later dog walking. I noticed a huge disconnect between animal behaviour and the interpretation of this behaviour. There is a huge need for evidence-based information that does not include the use of force, fear, or intimidation.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

So far I have had people all across the globe contact me to let me know my podcast and courses have been helpful to them. I find it fascinating that my information has such reach and that I can impact others without even meeting them in person. 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

I would recommend setting boundaries on your time and emotions. This means that you cannot help everyone at the same time. If you don’t take time for yourself you will end up burning out and leaving this profession. 

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 biggest supporter is my best friend and partner James who encouraged me to go back to school and to invest in education to get me there. I also look to Dr. Susan Friedman as a source of not only information but her outlook toward working with animals and humans is one that requires empathy, compassion, and grace. I think of her often when working with clients. 

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I provide as much free content as I possibly can through my podcast and online courses, informational posts, and feedback. This has enabled me to reach people from all over the world and to ensure that the public is protected from harmful practices when training their dogs. My goal is to improve animal welfare through ethical training methods and I believe I am doing so. 

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another and feeling with the heart of another.” – Alfred Adler 

This is always how I work and live my life when it comes to animals and my clients. Especially with animals because we truly cannot help them unless we take the time to try and understand the emotions they are feeling. 

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bravodogtraining/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bravodogtraining/ 

Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/bravo-dog-knowledge-dog-training-podcast/id1393222014

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