Today we’d like to introduce you to Rowan Grebeck.
Hi Rowan, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I got into dog training because I love dogs and have always striven to provide the best life possible for my own dog. This means I spent tons of time researching food, medicine, products, and finally, training methods.
When I was set to move out of my parents’ house and planned on taking my dog with me, I signed up for a training class. I worried Chloe would have trouble adjusting to city life since she was raised on a farm.
I enjoyed the class and was good at training but didn’t think too much about it when my instructor asked if I had considered becoming a trainer…
I continued my engineering degree and got some experience working… at which point I thought having a backup plan would be nice. I wanted more people time, less computer time, and to have a more flexible work schedule.
I enrolled in CATCH Trainers Academy and became a certified dog trainer, finished my engineering degree, and got an engineering job with a small firm.
I volunteered with shelters and rescues and took private lesson clients on the side. I partnered with a daycare/boarding facility and taught group classes and was loving my backup plan more than my first career choice.
The engineering firm downsized and let me go at the end of 2019, which was a little sooner than I planned…
But I took it as a sign and went ahead and committed to supporting myself with dog training.
I got a part-time job at a pet supply store to CMA but quickly needed to dedicate more time to training and let that go.
I have been working on my own as a one-woman show for about two years now.
Yes, it has been hard and a little scary and I have had help and hired coaches, and consulted experts.
I am so happy I have figured out how to do what I love, help people and dogs.
I smile at work every day.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Honestly, I don’t feel like it has been that hard… but I am the type of person who will just knuckle down and keep hammering away at it.
There was a learning curve for sure, but I hired coaches that taught me how to set things up right.
I definitely appreciate the computer and organization skills my engineering degree gave me.
I have a great support group of professionals and family that remind me to respect myself and not overdo it.
Since I basically started my business when COVID started, I have just been grateful for every client and every little thing I have been able to accomplish.
It is definitely scary on days when I have no lessons or phone calls scheduled, but I have learned that it ebbs and flows and I don’t need to feel guilty for relaxing when it ebbs because when it rains it pours!
As you know, we’re big fans of Rowan’s Dog Training. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about the brand?
Rowan’s Dog Training is my little training empire. I am determined to help as many people as I can with as many pet-dog-related things as possible, all on my own.
What sets me apart from other trainers is my support and holistic approach to training and business.
The biggest part of my business is in-home training programs for pet dogs. I help people with raising puppies, teaching commands, dealing with problem behavior, and building confidence in fearful or anxious dogs.
My in-home programs include lesson time, detailed written accounts of each lesson, lifetime support via call/text/email and online course access, and private Facebook group access.
I also have a training shop clients (and anyone) can access where I have links to products I love and recommend often. There are my favorite foods, toys, treats, supplements, etc.
My goal is for clients to feel completely supported throughout their lives and have access to all the knowledge they will ever need. I want everyone to become the best pet parent they can be.
It is also important to me that those who need help and are willing to do the work get the help they need. I grew up in one of the poorest counties in the country and don’t want budget to prevent people from living happily ever after with their pups.
I offer online courses, material bundles, memberships, and mini-courses so even on a strict budget, people can get the help they need.
I have tons of free resources on my website, in my blog, and in my Facebook group about living with dogs.
I want people to know that there are so many ways to get help. That they are not in this alone. That their dog is not un-fixable.
That with a little professional help they can feel the weight lift off their shoulders and start enjoying life with their dog.
- Free resources on website
- Online mini-courses and memberships from $4.99
- Online courses with private coaching from $99
- Get started with an in-person program for $150
- Complete details and pricing for all services easily accessible on my website
- Website: https://www.rowansdogtraining.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/rowansdogtraining
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/rowansdogtraining
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXYLXyn9S-H9dEzmu58dBEw/
- Other: https://members.rowansdogtraining.com