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Meet Marnee Carpenter of Ok9 Dog & Family Consultation

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marnee Carpenter.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I entered the dog community of Los Angeles by volunteering for local rescues. After spending my whole life with a furry companion, I moved across the country from Rhode Island to my new apartment in LA… without a dog. That didn’t last.

From walks at the vet to adoption events on the weekends, fostering became my next step in rescue support. My first foster dog ate through about seven pairs of my underwear when left unattended. I had a lot to learn. Nearly six years later, I’ve fostered over twenty dogs, and adopted three of my own.

Helping each unique dog build trust, confidence, and understand boundaries allowed me to help adopters and other dog owners with their personal challenges. I created Ok9 Consultation to offer support that goes beyond the basic obedience class. I wanted to design solutions for families that had bigger hurdles by taking the time to understand their dog’s needs and make life at home a little easier for the whole family.

Has it been a smooth road?
There are always struggles especially taking on a small business on my own. OK9 Consultation operates almost entirely by word of mouth. I’m incredibly lucky that my network of customers keep referring me to a neighbor or friend.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Ok9 Dog & Family Consultation story. Tell us more about the business.
Ok9 Consultation exists because I needed an ally when I was fostering. I didn’t want to give up on a dog simply because there were challenges. I was determined to find each of them homes and stand by them until it happened.

Owning a dog can be overwhelming! My favorite part of this business is taking the guesswork out of ‘what next’ or ‘what do we do.’ Nothing makes me happier than knowing I’ve taken some stress out of someone’s life. I want to connect them back to the joy and the love of having that companion.

I often say that I specialize in weirdos. They’re my favorite dogs. The ones that just don’t quite know ‘how to dog.’ Maybe they’re spooked easily, reactive on walks, suffer from separation anxiety, afraid of car rides, etc.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I’ve always advocated for bully breeds or ‘pit bull’ type dogs in my industry. I pride myself on working with any breed mix. Any look. Any size. Each dog is unique. We owe them the respect of getting to know them without labels or assumptions. People should be treated with this kindness and dogs should too. They only know what we teach.

In the coming years, I hope to see even more awareness about adoption. There are so many dogs in our city and county shelters. There are an incredible number of organizations and rescues to adopt from. I will continue to offer adoption support to any customers that are looking for their new family member.

Pricing:

  • First in-home consultation for one dog $200

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Image Credit:
Rita Earl Photography, Trisha Harrison Photography

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