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Welcome to The Leashed Mind Podcast, Mental Health & Dog Training!

Join host Mandy Boutelle as we embark on the second season of the Leash Mind podcast, where the worlds of dog training and mental health intersect. This season promises engaging and thought-provoking discussions tailored for dog care professionals and enthusiasts alike.

What to Expect:

+Insightful conversations with industry experts, exploring both the challenges and triumphs of dog training and entrepreneurship.
+Practical advice on navigating the complexities of running a dog-centric business, from client interactions to personal well-being.
+Deep dives into topics like setting boundaries, dealing with difficult situations, and prioritizing mental health amidst the hustle of business ownership.
+Honest accounts from professionals who've walked the path, sharing strategies and experiences that resonate with both new and seasoned dog trainers.
+Tips and guidance for dealing with real-life scenarios, whether you're facing social media pressures, client dynamics, or internal struggles.

Tune in to Leash Mind Season 2 for a journey of learning, growth, and community in the world of dog training and mental health.

Let's grow together! 

32 Episodes
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In Episode 10 of Season 2, your host Mandy Boutelle engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Tressa Fessenden-McKenzie, a seasoned professional in the dog training and shelter world. As Tressa shares her journey, listeners are taken through her transformation from a Petco trainer to her pivotal role as the former Behavior and Training Manager at East Bay SPCA in Oakland, California. After we recorded this episode during summer of 2023 Tressa moved onto helping more dogs and is now the...
In the 9th episode of Season 2, host Mandy Boutelle invites Molly Kelsey, the founder of the Cat Counsellor in Auckland, New Zealand, for a deep dive into cat behavior consultation. Molly shares her intriguing transition from a veterinary nurse to a cat behavior specialist, sparked by her experiences with a unique foster kitten. She emphasizes the criticality of recognizing and catering to each cat's individual needs, advocating for education-driven solutions over blanket approaches.Molly ope...
In Episode 8 of Season 2 your host Mandy Boutelle has a fun and inspiring conversation with Hannah Branigan is an enlightening journey through the challenges and triumphs of being neurodivergent in the dog training business world. Hannah, known for her podcast "Drinking From the Toilet," shares her unique perspective on navigating business ownership while managing neurodiversity. We delve into topics like burnout prevention, overcoming imposter syndrome, and the importance of finding effectiv...
In Episode 7 of Season2, your host Mandy Boutelle engages in a profound conversation with Lorenzo Fox, lead trainer at Synergy Veterinary Behavior in Portland, Oregon. Lorenzo shares his unique journey in the world of positive dog training, delving into his work with animals, particularly dogs with complex behavior issues. His discussion highlights the significance of understanding the underlying causes of animal behaviors, such as undiagnosed physical pain or illness, and underscores the cru...
In Episode 6 of Season 2 your host Mandy Boutelle engages in an enlightening conversation with Andre Yeu from When Hounds Fly. Andre, a seasoned dog trainer, shares the remarkable journey of growing his business to five locations across two cities, managing a team of 10 full-time and 12 part-time employees. His ability to sustain passion, professionalism, and care for his clients, himself, and his team is nothing short of inspiring. This episode is packed with valuable insights from a tr...
In Episode 5 of Season 2 your host Mandy Boutelle welcomes Hayley Martinez from Nakama Dog Training. Haley shares her remarkable journey from launching a pet-sitting business at 15 to evolving into a professional dog trainer. Her specialty lies in addressing aggression, anxiety, and fear-related issues in dogs, a field demanding both skill and empathy. Haley candidly discusses her shift from balanced, compulsion-based training methods to a more humane, force-free, reward-based approach, under...
In Episode 4 of season 2, your host Mandy Boutelle welcomes Sarah Stremming, a renowned dog behavior consultant and podcaster. Their conversation revolves around Sarah's holistic approach to dog training and her personal journey, highlighting how she navigated the challenges of the pandemic. Sarah shares her experiences and coping strategies, emphasizing the importance of mental wellness and self-care, especially in demanding times. This episode delves into the evolution of Sarah's...
In Season 2, Episode 3 your host Mandy Boutelle invites Erin Marion, a certified professional dog trainer specializing in working with deaf, blind, and disabled dogs, for a heartwarming conversation. Erin, a close friend of Mandy's, delves into her transition from running a dog hiking business to passionately training special needs dogs. She shares the rewards and challenges of her unique profession, emphasizing the emotional toll it takes, including coping with burnout and mental health stru...
In Episode 2 of Season 2 your host Mandy Boutelle welcomes Mikkel Becker from Fear Free Pets for a compelling discussion that continues the themes explored in the previous episode with Karen Chapdelaine. The conversation delves into the evolving landscape of the dog training industry, shedding light on its transition from a competitive to a more collaborative environment, especially post-2020. Mandy and Mikkel tackle the crucial topic of mental health support (or the lack thereof) in do...
In this BONUS EPISODE of Season 2 we dive into a very special and personal episode! For the first time, Mandy is joined by her husband, Josh Boutelle, who has been instrumental in her journey into the dog training and dog walking industry. Josh, co-founder of DigiWoof and a key figure behind Woof Cultr, shares his unique story.This episode takes us on a journey through Josh's early exposure to the world of dog behavior, his foray into the industry at a young age, and how his passion for dogs ...
Season 2, Episode 1, your host Mandy Boutelle engages in a heartfelt conversation with Karen Chapdelaine, a renowned dog trainer known for her empathetic approach. Karen, shares her unique journey in the dog training world, highlighting the importance of showcasing both triumphs and challenges. This episode delves into the refreshingly honest perspective of normalizing the struggles and flaws inherent in dog training, offering a sense of solidarity and reassurance to listeners. Mandy and...
In this season finale, Mandy takes a step back to appreciate how far the podcast has come since the debut on April 4th, and dive into some profound lessons learned along the way. Join your host for this intimate one-on-one session where she shares 10 key things she wish she knew earlier as both a pet professional and business owner.This episode is a deep dive into the wisdom gleaned from our experiences. Mandy highlights aspects often overlooked in training courses and mentorships, but crucia...
A quick note - there are brief mentions of euthanasia and suicide. In our second-to-last episode Mandy is joined by Annie Phenix, the founder of The Official Midnight Dog Walkers Club, Facebook group - a vibrant community dedicated to owners and trainers of reactive and aggressive dogs. Our conversation goes further into Annie’s journey of establishing the Phenix Advocacy Center, aimed at prioritizing self-care amongst R+ pet professionals and forming a much-needed dialogue on these cri...
A quick note - we do discuss the sensitive subject of behavioral euthanasia and euthanasia in general extensively in this episode. In this episode, we dive deep into the world of animal shelter work and behavior training with, Ashley Devine from Mannered Misfits. Ashley offers an invaluable perspective from their six-year stint working in an animal shelter and their experience in the shelter's behavioral program. Their commitment to prioritizing mental health and creating a balance led t...
Success & Comparison

Success & Comparison

2023-07-1821:16

In this episode, we dive deep into the concept of success and its complex relationship with comparison. Mandy shares her own unique perspectives on success and offers a fresh perspective, emphasizing that success isn't a one-size-fits-all concept. She dismantles the societal stereotype that success is solely tied to income, number of clients, or constant busyness. She encourages listeners to reframe their definition of success to encompass personal joy, life balance, and resilience in the fac...
In this episode Mandy sits down with Marissa Martino, of Paws & Reward. They delve into a deep conversation about the intersection of dog training, business, and mindfulness. Marissa shares her unique approach to dog training, emphasizing the importance of building a meaningful relationship between dogs and their owners. From managing stress to navigating the sometimes challenging terrain of mental health in the dog training world, this episode provides invaluable insights and tools...
Content Warning: This episode does include a discussion of mental illness, depression and suicide.In this episode I am joined by Tabitha Kucera from Chirrups and Chatter for a lively conversation about mental health, business management, and setting up the antecedents for yourself. The episode teems with laughter while tackling weighty topics, such as mental illnesses, disabilities, imposter syndrome, and burnout. We discuss the balance between maintaining a successful business and prio...
In this episode I have a really wonderful chat with Claire Anderson CPDT-KA, FDM, SAPT, FFCP of Mutt Sense regarding being more mindful when navigating not only running our business, but also in how we show up for our clients, their dogs, our animals and most importantly....ourselves. We discuss growth in our careers, learning from less than ideal situations with business and clientele, figuring out what exactly our needs are in order to remember to meet them, creating our businesses in a wa...
I Got Burnt Out

I Got Burnt Out

2023-06-2027:03

This is a different kind of episode from our usual! Back in early April I was experiencing a lot of overwhelm with....projects piling up, an impending surgery that I knew was going to derail my usual flow for 2+ months, and not feeling like I would be able to get all the things done, in a timely manner...which caused me to work harder and longer - working on days off, not giving myself adequate breaks, downtime and time to recharge. I caused myself to get very burnt out and wh...
In this episode I have a chat with Dr.Chris Pachel of Animal Behavior Clinic & Instinct Dog Training & Behavior, Portland.This episode is FILLED with so many juicy relatable nuggets and also just so much laughter and joy that Dr.Pachel tends to always bring to the table. He and I really dig into what setting boundaries within your business can and should look like, how that can help provide more clarity not only to your clientele but also to how YOU would like your business to look 5,...
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