Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in pet care but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Samantha Stocking, CEO of Korey the Kanine, located in Bloomington, IL, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I am a dog trainer, providing dog and service dog training services. My clients are dog owners who want to train their dogs.

Tell us about yourself

I got started with dog training when I got my dog, Korey. I owner-trained him to be my Diabetic Alert Dog. I was so inspired working with him that I decided to become a certified dog trainer and help others train their dogs. Korey is my biggest motivation and my best friend. Without him, I wouldn't be where I am today!

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment is opening my own dog training business and starting on my own. I have so many wonderful clients that make doing what I do possible.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

One of the hardest things is truly having to do it all on my own! Balancing work, personal life, and making time for myself can be challenging, as I am still relatively new to owning a business.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Set your goals from day one! It's important to know where you want to be and how you plan to get there.
  2. Be patient! It takes time for things to get going and become established.
  3. Make time for yourself! It's challenging starting a business and having to do it all on your own. Burnout doesn't help, so make sure you take some time each week to decompress.

Where can people find you and your business?


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