We had the good fortune of connecting with Maximilian Schlossberg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maximilian, what do you attribute your success to?
Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, often talked about how the secret to his success was that he ‘loved’ his users. And because he ‘loved’ them he was constantly thinking of how to help them, not himself, and the rewards came as a byproduct.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The first thing that sets me apart is that I believe it doesn’t matter how amazing of a dog trainer I may be, what matters is how amazing of a dog handler I can make my clients. On phone calls I usually say ‘If I can get your dog to do something but you can’t then what’s the point?’. Everything I teach to clients is based on the fact that non-dog trainers have to be able to utilize the skills or lessons I’m sharing in their everyday, normal lives.
I’m most proud of the fact that clients text me months and years after we’re done working together to tell me the training still works and the changes in their dog’s behaviors are permanent.
I’m very excited to start doing group lessons once it’s a little safer and hopefully after that start offering dog training workshops.
As far as where I am today business-wise. Of course, the basics, work hard, keep learning, find role models and learn from them. But here are some less talked about ideas.
No1. Decide what success means to you. I have a very clear definition of what professional success means to me. It shouldn’t be to make as much money as possible because that idea excludes the amount and use of free time, relationships, future plans, and even what to do with the money you will earn. Once you have a clear vision you will be able to solve the obstacles that stand in your way.
No2. Professional evolution can come from developing in areas that would not be considered your profession. For example, I had to take courses in sales and negotiation to help me develop my business. Had I only focused on dog training I would have been stuck for a very long time.
What I’d like to share about my story that I think could be useful to a lot of people is this. I had about 26 jobs before I started training dogs. They all looked great on paper but I felt massively unfulfilled when doing them. I’m so glad I didn’t settle. What was going to be my job was a non negotiable and it wasn’t unitl I found dog training that I felt a career that resonated on all levels. Doing that has allowed me to crate a life that is better than anything I could have ever imagined. Now I get to help owners and dogs with puppy training, obdeince and aggressive/reactive/fear rehabilitation.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Let’s assume a pre or post-pandemic Los Angeles.
Visit the Getty Museum and the Getty Villa, Descanso Gardens, Classical music concerts at LACMA and the Venice promenade.
We would eat at HiHo Burger, Sugar Fish, Churros Calientes, Cha Cha Chicken and Urth Cafe.
Add some hikes like Los Liones and that’s a great week.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Three I would like to mention. First of all Rachael Anderson, not only one of the best graphic designers in Los Angeles but also someone who I can turn to for encouragement, ideas and suggestions.
Jeb Cadwell is a dog trainer I trust and often call to exchange professional ideas and talk about cases.
Trainers like Michael Ellis, Irith Bloom and Larry Krohn for sharing so much knowledge on the interwebs.
Youtube: The Max Dog Trainer
Other: My Pro Thumbtack Page https://www.thumbtack.com/ca/culver-city/dog-training/max-dog-trainer/service/354928780912582677