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Community Highlights: Meet Jay Martinez of Jay Trains Dogs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jay Martinez.

Hi Jay, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’ve been surrounded with dogs for as long as I can remember. Growing up, we had Boxers, German Shepherds, Rottweilers and more. When I was old enough to get my own dog, I decided on a Belgian Malinois, a breed known for their fierce loyalty, high energy, intelligence and confidence. I was fortunate enough to come across Zorro, a 2-year-old Malinois in need of a new home. Zorro was really the start of my career as a dog trainer, as I would spend hours every day working on new commands and tricks with him.

I have been working professionally with dogs for over three years now and specialize in basic and advanced obedience training. I utilize various training techniques, including treat training, leash pressure training and off-leash training. I have dedicated myself to constantly learning new methods and utilizing modern technology to provide the most effective and reliable programs for my clients.

I work alongside Jack, my 3.5 years old Belgian Malinois and Akita mix, who is essential to various parts of our training programs. He assists in our group training, socialization classes and advanced obedience training. He also helps clients gain confidence in their K9 handling abilities by partaking in proper handling exercises. I rescued Jack when he was nine months old, and transformed him from being skittish, human & dog aggressive and underweight with numerous food allergies, to being a confident, focused and healthy pup ready for any adventure!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
As with any business, I’ve experienced some obstacles along the way, but have been fortunate to find success with turning my hobby into a career. Working with dogs has always come naturally for me, and with advancements in technology and the tools available I’ve been able to expand my services and improve my skills immensely. One of the best parts of this industry is that it’s constantly transforming and developing. This means that there are always new techniques and tools to learn. Over the years I have really embraced the fact that each dog and each owner are unique, and it’s up to me to tailor our training to fit their specific goals and needs. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach, but that’s what makes this job exciting and fulfilling!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
In this business, there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. We believe that every dog and every client is unique, and should be treated as such. There isn’t just one solution to any problem, and our goal is to tailor our training to fit your specific goals and needs. Our training programs are just as much about you as they are about your dog. We believe that dog training starts with educating the owner to use all accessible tools and techniques to assist in developing a strong and consistent line of communication between every owner and their pup.

Our training consists of basic obedience, covering commands such as come, sit, stay, place, down, off, heel, front and free. We also specialize in loose leash walking, crate training, socialization and behavioral modification. All programs also include the necessary training tools for your success.

It’s essential for us that our clients get personalized suggestions on which program and method of training is the best match. Rather than do things the typical way, we’ve created a system designed around our clients’ needs. Book a free consultation with our lead trainer, Jay, to see which program is the best fit for you and your pup!

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
I think Covid made a lot of us take a step back and evaluate our personal goals and values. For me, it actually pushed my business forward because so many people added pups to their families and needed support and guidance with basic or advanced behavioral and obedience training. It also allowed me to spend more time with my own pup, Jack, and see how creative we could get with his training. I ended up building Jack his own obstacle and agility course and took him on his first road trip to the Redwoods in an RV. The lesson for me was all about savoring the little moments and doing my best to not only help others provide the best life for their pups but remembering to do the same for my own.

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