An Interview with Animal Trainer and Behaviorist Jim Leske

Jim Leske is a Los Angeles based animal trainer and behaviorist. Here is a link to his website:

http://www.GoodDogsAreTrained.com
Q: What made you want to become a dog trainer?

A: Most people don’t have pet tigers!

Q: What is the number one dog training mistake people make?

A: Raising your voice when calling dog’s name to come.

Q: What was your most challenging case?

A: My German Shepherd Bear, 3x reject at the pound, on death row, While working with him we were criticized: He’s un trainable, You can’t rehabilitate an older dog or a German shepherd ! Well Mr. un trainable is now a hospital therapy dog & works in TV & Movies.

Q: How can you teach a dog more in less time than other trainers?

A: Dogs are easy to train, Some people are not trainable!

Q: How do you train a dog to be an actor?

A: Practice, Practice, everything, everywhere!

Q: Is their a particular breed of dog that is easier to train than others?

A: Dogs are smart, Shepherds & Collies are really smart!

Q: What do you like about running a business in Los Angeles?

A: The weather & very pet friendly town!

Q:. What don’t you like about it?

A: When it’s 115′ F in the shade it can be challenging!

Q: What was the most unusual animal you ever trained?

A: A cougar, whom I was told did not like Men ! Hah !!!!!! They were wrong again !!!

Q: Adopt, pet or give to the pound? (and why) Marmaduke, Snoopy or Odie (from Garfield)?

A: The pound is not an option, Pet’s are part of the family & not to be tossed around like an old pair of shoes !!!

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

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