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My New Dog Training Project In Costa Rica


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376457_2707875731687_1401210412_n-300x200I’ve never really used this website to get too personal about myself or my family.  At various times I’ve mentioned my children (I’ve got four little girls ages 6, 5, 1.5, and 2 months) who keep me smiling, laughing, and partially insane.  I’ve got a beautiful wife, Vanessa, who has been very tolerant of dogs passing in and out of her house since we got married in 2003.

For the past seven years we’ve lived in Utah where I’ve been running my Salt Lake City Dog Training business.  Running Ty the Dog Guy has been great and we’ve won awards, helped lots of dogs, had some tears, and seen a good portion of the beautiful state of Utah in the process.

As a family, though, we’ve wanted adventure for some time.  We’ve wanted to try something different and give our kids a different experience.

So for the last month we’ve been living in Costa Rica and will likely be here several months more.  Ty the Dog Guy in Utah continues to be run and actually seems to be growing faster with me not around.  I’m not sure if I feel complimented by that fact or hurt.

We’ve come to Costa Rica for several reasons:

  • I’m going to be working on a new dog training project.  There currently is very little information available for Spanish speakers on how to train their dogs.  Depending on which statistic you look at Spanish is either the second or third most spoken language in the world.  Latin America has been following a similar curve in dog ownership and culture as you see in the United States, Canada, and Europe.  Dogs are becoming more and more like members of the family and, as such, need training.  I speak fluent Spanish as I spent two years living in the Canary Islands during the ages of 19-21.  I’m going to be creating a new dog training website for Spanish speakers (the website is currently live but there is nothing on it).  I’m already filming dog training with dog owners here.  As a side note, if you or someone you know, happens to need dog training in Costa Rica let me know.
  • We’re also attempting to get a project off the ground working with orphans and dogs.  Truthfully, this currently isn’t going as well as I’d hoped due to certain financing and donations not coming through.
  • We’re going to be working with some rescue organizations down here in Costa Rica to help with the stray dog problem.
  • I’m using the extra time I now have (I’ve been working myself crazy for years with our Utah dog training business.  I was always working IN the business and never ON the business.) to work on new projects in Utah.  We’re currently trying to put together a program to help troubled youth through the avenue of dog training.
  • We wanted some time to spend together as a family.
  • It NEVER snows in Costa Rica and that is a big plus for me.  Growing up in California I never became accustomed to cold winters and years of living in Utah and Massachusetts certainly haven’t converted me to a cold weather fan.
  • We’re looking to explore more of this great world we live in, learn new foods, expose our kids to new cultures and languages, and have an adventure.

I’m going to start using this website to document our dog training adventure here in paradise.  I’m going to write about case studies of the dogs I’m training and let you know how we’re doing in Latin America.

I invite you to read along and comment on these posts, I hope they’ll be interesting and valuable to you.

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  • July 31, 2016

    I might be moving to Costa Rica. My goal is to work with dogs in several capacities. Would like to talk to you about introducing my dog to local beach pack dogs when I move to Costa Rica.

  • October 30, 2016

    Hello, My husband & I live in Atenas, and we have inherited a standard poodle that is currently driving me crazy. He did not have a good puppy hood, was kenneled and really prefers dogs to humans! He is starting to bond with us a little bit more but has some bad habits-not coming when called, insisting on using our terrace for a bathroom, etc. It doesn’t help matters that we also have 2 rescue dogs here and he really plays way too aggresively with the little one. Any help you can offer us or possibly training him??? (I might also add my husband is 84 and I am 79 which makes it impossible to even walk and control him on a leash) Thank you and welcome to C.R.!

  • November 30, 2016

    Hello, I am James Burton, I am a disabled Veteran. I have been living in Costa Rica for the past 6 months. I brought my dog Kara with me from the US. It took over 2 months to get her here. I was heart broken when she had to ride in cargo. I would like to get her trained, so when we we go back to the states she can fly with me. Thank you for your time.

  • February 21, 2017

    Hi Ty,

    I’m checking out Dog Training opportunities in Costa Rica. The reason is because I plan on moving there at the end of the year. This is how I came across this page.

    I was an honors graduate of the Academy of Education (in NYC) in 2004. Since then I’ve been training pet dogs and Therapy dogs. The last 4-5 years I’ve focused on Service Dogs. (Specifically PTSD dogs w some mobility assist and Diabetic Alert dogs.)

    Could you share some of your thoughts and experiences regarding Dog Training in Costa Rica, please. Anything would be helpful.

    Warmly, Robin

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