Working together so everyone wins.

By working together & understanding each other, both win.

 I am a biologist at heart, and I have always had an  extreme interest in animal behavior. It is for this reason that I chose  to own dogs, train dogs, breed dogs, and teach biology and genetics. It  is part of who I am. Many of my political views and business views are  based off of concepts of animal behavior as they are observed in  nature...such as relationships between organisms.

  1. Mutualism - both parties benefit. "Win:Win"
  2. Commensalism - one party benefits, but the other is not affected. "Win:No Effect." (If you can benefit from us at no expense to us, that is fine.)
  3. Parasitism (or predator/prey) - one party benefits at the expense of the other. "Win:Lose"

By  studying nature, the key components of successful relationships become  obvious. Stephen Covey, the author of the best seller "Seven Habits of  Highly Effective People," also noted the same basic concepts in business  relationships and noted it as "Think Win:Win" of the seven steps in his  book. To do this, one also has to as he said "seek first to understand,  then to be understood." It seems what is obvious to me and many others  is not so obvious to many others, for almost every week I experience a  reoccurring problem...which is...someone requesting my time, my work, my  money, or a dog for free. As a result, it is with great reservation I  created this page, for when you tell someone "No," they often get  offended. So, with that said, I chose to make a page NOT about anyone in  particular, but instead about a behavior in hopes of addressing this  reoccurring problem...for I do NOT wish to offend anyone. Instead, I  hope to teach the lesson of "win:win" and "first to understand, then be  understood" to those that wish to address me, so they too can seek a  "win:win."

Seeking first to understand, then to be understood
My time is greatly limited, my work requires a skill set or knowledge,  my money which is already dedicated to my obligations, and my dogs which  are the foundation to our future breeding and training goals. If I give  these things away without something coming back to benefit me, then I  am not going to obtain my goals. My goals are important to me. I have  spent over $250,000 and decades of my life to create my program. This  has value, and I cannot give it away. Some lines of my dogs have taken  me decades to create. If I give any of these things away, I won't be  able to sustain the future decades of work and debts. I have to sustain  my goal. By understanding this, hopefully those that inquire about  getting my time, my work, my money, or my dogs for free will now "first  understand" why I cannot give my resources away.  My time, my dogs, and  my family are all important to me.  It is that simple. I cannot contact  the vet, the feed store, or the water company and say, "can you donate  your resources to me, since I donated mine to someone?" That does not  work very well. What does work well is me paying my debts. I have always  done this, and plan on making sure I will be able to do so in the  future. This, in my opinion, is the responsibility of a business, a  husband, and a father.


Thinking WIN:WIN  I can however make trades that allow us both to win. If you contacted me  for my time, my work, my money, or my dogs, then I have to assume you  came to me because you think I have something that can benefit you. That  is great. I am glad you think positively about us and our program. I  would NEVER want to take advantage of you. Using people is fine, but misusing them is not acceptable.  I never want to be guilty of the sin of misusing someone. I pay my  teachers. I pay my workers. I pay for the dogs I bought. If you have  some set of skills or resources that benefit us, feel free to tell us  about what it is you offer if you would like to make a trade for my  time, my work, my money, or my dogs, then we welcome you to approach  us...but when you do so, please remember that we both need to win. I do  NOT want you to lose, nor do I want to lose. Often times various  expenses come up. Please think about your expenses and my expenses  before you approach us with your idea. I am not a young man that just  started breeding dogs, and I am very familiar with many of the expenses  that occur in this line of work, so if you are unaware of such expenses,  please be understanding as I explain them to you. I am also aware that  just as I had expenses, work, education, money, and time invested in our do you...but trades cannot be made on an "IOU" basis prior  to the establishment of a sound trusting relationship. If you want me  to trust you, I have to see evidence in our relationship that  establishes validation of such trust. Until that occurs, trades need to  occur simultaneously...not based on promises such as, "If you give me  this now, I will do this for you later."

For "my time:"  Many breeders and pet owners contact me wanting advise on how to train  or breed their dogs. Honestly, I do not wish to charge a "consultation  fee" for minor questions, but if you wish to repeatedly contact me and  take hours of my time away from my goals for your benefit, knowledge,  problems, or goals...please consider the possibility that a consultation  fee may be worth considering. Trainers are paid for their time. If you  find this unreasonable, I recommend reviewing Google OR reviewing our  website. You may find all you need to know there. Thank you.

For "my work:"  I am often asked about my kennels, leashes, collars, posts...if I make  them. The answer to all these is, "Yes, I did." That said, I am not a  licensed contractor. My kennels were designed by me. I designed them the  way I did to address the husbandry requirements I need met.  That said,  I do not have drafting plans on them. I had a vision, and put it  together. If you want me to explain the set up to you, I would have to  draft it out for anyone to follow. My collars, leashes, back  ties...etc...those are available on my website under the "Built2Last"  tab on the left.

For "my money:"  Yes, I have actually had people ask me if I would finance their kennels  or dog purchases...saying they would give me monthly payments to pay off  their debt. No way. I am not in the banking business. If you need a  loan, take that up with people that loan money. I have my own bills and  financial goals. I cannot be responsible for yours.

For "my dogs:"  I am often contacted by people asking for a free dog. Some want a dog to breed to...  

  • promising me a puppy. To them I say, if wanted to expand my  program with new blood, I would contact someone with exactly what it was  I was looking for. 
  • promising a title. To them I say, buy a  dog. Get a title. If the dog was good enough to title, you got a good  dog, which is what you paid for. After you get a title on one of my  dogs, then I may give you a second dog should you want one...but that  depends on a few things. Was the title you got a respected title with  significant demands that help validate our program? Is there video of  it? If so, then great...we can entertain this. If you have never titled a  dog before, then I cannot even consider giving you a dog until after  the title on one of my dogs is obtained. If you have titled a dog  before, then you know the value of a good dog.
  • Deposits can only  be listed after some type of "win:win" terms have been a  deposit, a legitimate title meeting the requirements, or a replacement  of a previous dog as per a previous contractual agreement.

In short, there is no such thing as "free." We may however be able to  provide you with some type of service with minimal "out of pocket"  expense should you have something else worthy of trade besides financial  payment. Whatever it is you seek from us, we hope we can provide you  with what it is you are looking for, but require that whatever agreement  we come to is a "win:win." There is no free lunch for us or you...not  here. If either one of us feel like they are getting the "short end of  the stick," then we should not enter any such agreement.  We do not want  a "lose:win" or a "win:lose." We want "win:win." We want success for  everyone.

Thank you for your consideration.