Repaying a Debt: Training Dogs with Care

I train dogs because I owe them a huge debt


Your dog can be more than just a companion; they can become a force for positive change for your whole family.

I’m a weird guy. Here are a few fun facts about me: 

  • I have been a drummer in a couple of rock bands. 
  • I write comedy songs on my keyboard (a la Bo Burnham) and do my best to make my friends and family laugh. 
  • My favorite kinds of people are toddlers; they remind me to live in the moment and enjoy the simple things in life. 
  • I lived in Chihuahua, Mexico for a couple of years and am fluent in Spanish. 
  • I love spicy food and make my own salsa to put on everything.


In 2007, my roommate said he was going to get a puppy and asked if I wanted to go. I had nothing better to do that day so I went with him. Somehow we both came home with a puppy. It was an impulse buy that turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life.

He was so damn cute I could barely contain my joy, and then……

…he peed and pooped on the floor of the condo I was living in and I quickly realized I was in way over my head. This was going to be a lot of work! The hardest part about it was I didn’t know what to work on! 

My roommate had lots of dog training advice to give me which I was grateful for at the time, but it turned out to mostly be bad advice.

Now I’m really glad I had that experience because I was forced to find the best sources of information on raising and training puppies that has allowed me to help thousands of dog owners.

I’m doing this because I love helping people enjoy life with their dog. Taking a dog for a walk or a hike is one of life’s greatest joys. I want every dog owner to experience the perfect walk with their dog everyday!

This is super important to me because getting a dog changed my life. When I was younger, I was not a very thoughtful person. I was very egotistical and self-centered, but when I started working with dogs that all had to change fast! 

I suddenly had to find a way to get a dog to truly believe that my way was the right way, and that’s no easy task. I was forced to exercise my empathy muscle every day.

It’s made me a better human, dog owner, father, husband, and friend. Through my dog boarding and training in Salt Lake City, I work to change lives and make a positive impact. Join us on this rewarding journey.  

Pretty cool, right? 🙂

I’m curious… have you had a similar experience since owning a dog? Has your dog forced you out of your comfort zone in any way? I’d love to hear from you. Send me an email directly with your experience:

Your friend with the treat-filled pockets,

Ryan Gwilliam

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