The situation is pretty controversial. On the one hand, other pet owners have recently recommended https://petstiger.com/best-dog-food-for-goldendoodles/ for which I am very grateful. And yesterday, after class, we discussed the best dog food for Goldendoodle for about ten minutes. Nevertheless, some people can tritely dislike pets or allergies, which is much worse.
I think it is a great idea but you have to be sure that all your participants are pet lovers; and that it doesn’t distract from the workout in any way.
Ask: Will they get a better workout if Pet is there? Or will it help with adherence? Even with getting better retention with the pet, be sure that you’re not losing some clients because they prefer not to have one there.
I’m actually trying to teach my dog some moves or workouts he could help me with. His name is Mudder, named after Tough Mudder 🙂 Tug-O-War with long ropes (or using him as the anchor point on battle ropes), bag drags, ball rolls, etc. This will probably end up being more for my own enjoyment, however!
This issue has happened to me before. I was teaching a combination class in a studio alongside with the owner of that studio. She had a dog, and the dog was always there. Most people like me love dogs and we didn’t mind if the dog was there. But there were a couple of situations where some clients were allergic and scared of the dog. They ended up cancelling the rest of their sessions at the studio because of the dog. So, after that we decided to keep the dog in a separate room when the class was going on and we avoided future problems. Now, if the class is offered outdoors those clients might not mind having a dog there.
I would just let everyone know that there is a dog in your place so they will know what to expect and not have to deal with it after they sign up. Sometimes they might even give you bad reviews because of the unpleasant experience they had at your studio.
Personally I love dogs and I have nothing against them being there :-)!
I train with my dogs; but, they stay at home when I train others.
I never know what type of situation I will be entering, dog friendly or not. Not to mention, the dogs take up much space and shed a lot of hair. A dog owner knows about all other topics that are difficult to handle while training a client…not so professional.
That is my experience; although, I wish I could take my dogs everywhere.