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02-09-2014 07:06 PM
Mocha Just remember that YOU don't own anyone, anything. You owe it to yourself to do what is in your best interest. Don't decide anything on how others will perceive it, family or not. Regardless of your choice, they should understand it is what YOU want.

Have you considered trying both? A trial and error period couldn't hurt. I worked two jobs for quite sometime. The money is nice, just really takes a toll on your social life :/

Discuss the pay and schedule with the kennel, and then I would go from there. They should also understand what you are tossing around.

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02-09-2014 05:02 PM
nikon22shooter Anyone?

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02-07-2014 08:34 AM
nikon22shooter Anyone hear of Penn Ohio Working Dog Club? Its like 15 minutes away from me.
02-06-2014 01:04 PM
middleofnowhere You can check the DVG America website to find a DVG club near you. I'd keep some options open myself in the career deal. Try out the kennel, see what they are like, decide if you can afford it from a financial standpoint, see what they offer.

Over my life, I've done a lot of things to put food on the table and to enable me to get back to what I wanted to do. I dropped out of college due to $, worked to get $ so I could go back, changed majors, moved a lot. While I didn't get a job doing what I initially thought I wanted to do, I had a lot of quite interesting, challenging jobs. I'm not going to be the one to tell you to take the financially sane choice. I know it's a different world now but there were financial hard times long ago and far away when I was making these choices.
There were a few years in there where I was working solely for the money and didn't feel I could walk away. They were hard years but the situation did turn around so the last few years were ones where I sorta had my cake and ate it, too.

I'd talk this over with the SO. Maybe the wedding doesn't need to be so overthetop? Especially if that will impact your lives significantly. As I understand it, most of your guests don't much care how lavish your wedding is and the couple getting married are so stressed they remember little of it. (except for the stress).
02-06-2014 11:15 AM
nikon22shooter Thats what I was afraid of, making minimum wage and taking a hit in my paycheck, can't afford that right now with a house and a wedding coming up. The soon to be wife would be pissed if I told her she had to cut back on the wedding or honeymoon haha.

But It sounds like a club may be a good fit for me. Only question now, where are the clubs and who else are involved?

I'm near Hermitage, PA
02-06-2014 10:59 AM
martemchik If you're making 20 an hour now...I can almost guarantee that at the kennel you're looking to take at least a 50% pay cut. And although you may want to be a dog trainer one day, only your top trainers make tons of money. There's a reason why most petsmarts have teenagers working there, its a job that you quickly get out of.

I'll add this, once you start training other people's dogs, your dogs will take a hit. For every hour you spend at the kennel, you're not going to be working or spending time with your dogs. I'll assume that most of the training happens on the weekends, and if you keep your 9-5, there go your weekends as well.

On top of that, if you really want to grow as a dog trainer, working for ONE facility is not the way to go. You want to work with as many people as possible so that you can learn a lot of different techniques and skills that will allow you to work through problems. Nothing is one size fits all in the dog training world and when you work with a single kennel/trainer, you tend to just become their clone rather than seeing what else is out there.
02-06-2014 10:48 AM
wyoung2153 I think that is a great idea.. a club would be perfect for you right now IMO
02-06-2014 10:48 AM
Okin I have worked in IT for a about 12 years now. If you have a good job, good pay, good benefits and you could end up running the place and making six figures I personally would not even think about leaving it. IT jobs are getting harder and harder to find and the pay is probably less now than it was a decade ago. I'm not sure what dog trainers make but I don't think it is anywhere near six figures.

My mom always said money doesn't buy happiness but being poor buys sadness. I think it is true, not being able to pay your bills, support your family or being financially secure is the quickest road to being unhappy. Money isn't everything but you have to feel like you can take care of your family.

With IT in general more places are getting by on less all the time. IT staffs are shrinking, things I never thought I would see outsourced are being outsourced. You hear a lot of buzzwords like "cloud based" "web based" to most people in IT jobs you can read that as "outsourced".

I have been looking at changing careers to something more stable than being a Network Admin myself. I guess my point in all these ramblings is for me if I had a great job I would hold on to it as long as I possibly could. Keep my hobbies and what I do for fun as hobbies because I seem to enjoy them a lot more when they are not my job.
02-06-2014 10:48 AM
Originally Posted by nikon22shooter View Post
And thats the thing, I really enjoy my photography. Maybe I should just keep my job, keep my photography, and join a dog club? Shutzhound maybe or see if the Kennel maybe needs some help with their website or photography?

I think it would be stupid of me to quit my family job right now.
I think we have a winner!!! Lillie also made some very good points.

I've taken down all my professional sites and just have my personal one left. So keep that in mind when your browsing around. I did a lot of corporate event photography that I can't really publish on my website.

02-06-2014 10:39 AM
Originally Posted by nikon22shooter View Post
And thats the thing, I really enjoy my photography. Maybe I should just keep my job, keep my photography, and join a dog club? Shutzhound maybe or see if the Kennel maybe needs some help with their website or photography?

I think it would be stupid of me to quit my family job right now.
Excellent idea!!!
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