E4: Converting a life-long passion for dogs into a viable career

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Converting a life-long passion into a viable career.
Synopsis of Episode 4

How did Fernando become a “Dog Guru”?
It is a dog’s life and he is happily in charge

Fernando Silva, Kamloops, BC

Fernando Silva, Kamloops, BC, is the owner of The Brazilian Dog Guru and he shows us that it is possible to follow your dreams and convert a life-long passion into a viable career.

He enjoyed travelling the world working with Club Med and built solid business skills within the hospitality and automotive fields. But nothing beats the satisfaction of working with what you love. Setting up in Kamloops, British Columbia, he focused on local networking, honing his Canadian English and becoming certified as a dog trainer.

Keep an open mind, accept that you’ll need to prove yourself and seek certification to support your natural skills. Get creative with your marketing and show up where your prospects are.

  • The Brazilian Dog Guru facility in Kamloops: It is one of the leading full-service dog training and boarding centers in the city, aiming to provide the trust and leadership skills dog owners require for success. Fernando Silva is their renowned in-house trainer and is also the owner of the facility. The staff and Fernando are exceptional and truly love the dogs in their care. Fernando has created several different options and packages designed and tailored to get you the results you desire. Check the Brazilian Dog Guru website and services.
  • How to become a certified dog trainer in Canada: The Canadian Association of Professional Dog Trainers (CAPDT) offers a detailed comparative list of dog training schools in Canada (and the US).

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