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Aug 24, 2021

In this episode of Nonprofit Architect, Travis talks with K-9 Mentalist, Ryan Matthews.

Dogs are such wonderful creatures, and there is so much we can learn from them! Ryan has combined his military K-9 handling experience and proven dog training methods to successfully transform the behavior of more than 3,000 dogs. By using his K-9 Mentalist Methods during dog training, Ryan earned nearly $1,000,000 in under three years. As a celebrity dog trainer, Ryan has been featured in TEDx talks, books, reality TV guest spots, and public appearances. Ryan has dedicated his life to improving the quality of life of dogs and their owners.


Conversation Highlights: 

{00:22} Introduction of Ryan Matthews

{02:21} What does it look like to train a dog?

{05:26} What we can learn from motivating dogs when we are motivating people.

{12:27} Retention with our volunteers

{15:33} Take a step back and see the bigger picture

{19:27} Expanding your network

{21:46} When you don’t have the processes down the way you need them to be.

{28:40} When you teach others you are empowered with confidence.

{37:41} Healthy boundaries, in leadership.

{41:10} How to delegate.



Remarkable quotes: 

Every time you see them, you can't help but get excited.

I was shut off from my heart and I couldn't connect with human beings. And it wasn't until I began to open my heart to dogs that I began to tap into my feelings. 

And then what are we doing to maintain retention? To keep people coming back?  I think that that has to do with communication. 

A military working dog is a breed that is like an athlete and extremely intelligent and that animal really wants to work. 

What questions they need answering, empower them to come back with their own solutions. 

If it's the same environment It's not stimulating, it's not engaging the dog will lose interest, get bored, and you're not going to get the wins, meaning an opportunity to reward the animal for doing the thing you want. 







 Bio: Ryan Matthews

World of Dog Training is a heart-centered, results-driven company focused on ensuring you and your dog walk away without being tied to a leash! We want to see you wagging your tail with excitement, confident in your ability to understand your pup so you can effectively communicate and enjoy each other to the fullest.

We make GOOD dogs, GREAT!!

No more chasing Fido out of the house after he’s peed on the carpet… again! It’s time to teach your “good boy” how to be GREAT, something we’ve mastered at WODT – and something that you can master too!

Our in-depth training is perfect for all dogs, all breeds, all ages – and all owners! We pride ourselves on educating dog lovers on canine language and effective training. Our approach to training continues to evolve. We offer 1-on-1, in-person lessons around the globe (yep, Ryan is committed to your and your K9 and will travel anywhere in the world to see you both succeed!), a growing library of e-courses, and dog training books written by our Head Trainer and Founder, Ryan Matthews.

We are veteran-owned and operated. Our Head Trainer, Ryan Matthews, has been training dogs since 2002. He began his career in dog training with training and handling elite Military Working Dogs (MWDs). While in the Army, he performed bite protection training, bomb threat sweeps, secret service missions, and combat deployment to Iraq (with his MWD, Zito) where he worked with Special Forces and Infantry units.

WODT has trained over 3,000 dogs with incredible transformations. We pride ourselves on creating customized training programs to best support you and your dog. Ryan has great success getting most dogs off-leash within 3-4 1-on-1 in-person lessons for your peace of mind and freedom for your four-legged friend!

Upon the completion of our program, you will not just be a dog owner, you will be a successful and confident dog handler. Trust us when we say, the difference truly is priceless! Not only will your pup be obedient off leash (even with distractions), you will be able to incorporate your dog into your lifestyle – hiking, enjoying time at your favorite café, even working at the office. And the real kicker? We will clear up common misconceptions about dog behavior by teaching you dog psychology.

When you follow our carefully crafted system for success, we guarantee results.


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