Dogs can be many things to the people of the region. Some are pests and problems, others are family members, helpers, protectors,
The Group provides membership in a local or regional organization, an e-mail news and notes, occasional meetings, veterinary clinics, sponsors superior feeding-for-health programs, and conducts fairs and demonstrations.
It is particularly interested in the psychology of dogs and trainers and in achieving rapid training of dogs for responsible roles in society. Eventually hiring staff and recruiting trainers who are talented, the Group offers on-site boarding and training programs.
With select areas, it operates exercise programs for dogs, and operates weekend "play areas" and special walking pathways for dogs and people who care for them.
A special health care monitoring program is conducted and health scores assigned based on a computer analysis of data on each animal. Close work with the College of Veterinary Science at Tech and its students is anticipated. The group seeks research grants related to dogs, especially as related to products and activities from other Rural System activities (e.g., Coyote, Good Dog, Safety and Security, Novosports, The Raccoon Group).
Funds are made from memberships, equipment sales, percentage of trainers' fees, housing, boarding of dogs of various participants in other Rural Systemactivities, sale of superior feeds, commissions from book sales, and from people attending an annual conference (with exhibits, demonstrations, crafts, etc.). It seeks advertisers and works for commissions and discounts (such as through http://coolpetsites.com) It may expand to work with hunting dogs (bear, raccoon, fox, etc.). Members tend to be interested in dogs and dog-like creatures - jackals, etc. See also Good Dog below.
See Will Graves' (2007) book on Wolves in Russia as it relates to wolf introductions and management in the US.
This is a region-wide business and works actively to gain members and participants world-wide. Much part-time employment and expert work is expected.
(Similar studies can be conducted with cadaver dogs and security dogs.)
Owners pay to have their dogs run the path. They are given an official result that can be used in dog sales, wagering, and as a statistical trait in breeding dogs for improved hunting abilities. The route may be used for military dogs (used in patrolling areas, etc.) and for evaluating the effectiveness of certain drugs (e.g., caffeine) on enhancing scenting abilities.
Connections may be available with The Dog Park showing dog-friendly areas and dog care.
|Trainee Customers @ $200||4,000||8,000||10,000|
|Feed and Equipment Sales||5,000||8,000||10,000|
|Health Monitoring Program||2,000||3,000||8,000|
There are potential subscriber commissions with The Bark quarterly and other publications or corporations.
Idea (2/2003 - RHG)
Develop a harness for a dog-cam (reportedly used with seals to study fish). This could give a dog's view of game, scenes at field trials, and all of the things that dogs find interesting. Sell dog-cams and the results of using them to TV stations, etc.
Memberships, "name" products, special foods, special services, memberships with lasting connections, services (about which the average dog owner is unaware) emphasis on responsible care and ownership, and a new thrust to reduce the psychotic latchkey pets of the 2-jobs family might have widespread appeal and "do good." Reducing the social costs of the frustrations of the neighborhood yapping dogs has to make friends.
A "hike with your dog" areas might be worth considering.
Trainers --- Memberships (with fees) for recognized trainers and a new scoring procedure for trainers (suggesting their efficiency) might have appeal to owners needing assistance in selecting trainers.
Getting lab tests of food and offering System-certified foods at reasonable prices (bulk in special storage containers (also sold) to members) can relieve doubts about competing sales pitches. The local university (etc.) can help with a foundation/research and add respectability. It seems like a few of these ideas might fit into a pleasing business that has adequate financial returns, and will be good for dog owners, society, as well as the dogs.
See Australian web site.
See Perry's thesis:
Perry, M. C. 1970. Studies of deer-related dog activity in Virginia. Unpub. M. S. Thesis, Va. Poly. Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg, Va. x + 90 pp.
Perhaps you will share ideas with me about some of the topic(s) above .
Robert H. Giles, Jr.
July 2, 2005