Total loan: $15,000


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Fayetteville, AR, United States / Services

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Shanthi's story

I am Shanthi, owner of NWA School for Dogs, LLC located in Fayetteville Arkansas. I was raised in a home that encouraged building relationships with a variety of animals. We had dogs, horses, cats, hamsters, birds, and rabbits. My mother’s approach was to observe animal’s behaviors, understand their needs and foster a trusting relationship. This is how I approached my first dog, Niko the Doberman. I also attended many reward-based dog training courses where I learned you don’t have to use force or intimidation to achieve good dog behaviors. Through my time with Niko, I learned to watch dogs and their cues to understand what they were feeling and thinking. This experience all worked so well for Niko that I was often approached by several people at local dog parks to help them train their dogs. In 2005 I was given an amazing opportunity to mentor under a local trainer in my local dog obedience club, and so all this lead to my desire to become a full-time paid dog trainer. Moving to Fayetteville in 2011 I continued training at a local pet store as well as volunteering with a service dog organization. In 2015, I completed the professional training program at Karen Pryor Academy, one of the leading academies that focus on positive reinforcement training. I then officially opened the doors of NWA School for Dogs, LLC and have spent the last six years growing the business, and I have recently signed a lease on a 3000 square foot facility to be able to meet the growing need for our services in Northwest Arkansas (NWA). NWA is now one of the fastest-growing parts of the country with over 500,000 residents and people moving here for high-paying jobs, seeking an outdoor lifestyle, and many of them bringing dogs with them!