We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Matthews and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ryan, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
I love this question because often people build a company and they fail to think about what their exit strategy is. One of my mentors taught me a long time ago that while planning a new business be sure to include what the end game is. The end goal for me is to have a minimum of 200 World of Dog Training licensees around the world, have at least 3 successful seasons of my dog training TV show concept that is in the works and have a NY times best selling book. My thoughts are if I can have hundreds of trainers that I mentored then I can indirectly reach many thousands of people and their dog, which touches my heart! Although, I cannot share details on the TV show I can share it’s never been done before and once it goes live me being able to serve people and dogs in that way won’t feel like work at all. By the end of my career I want to sell World of Dog Training and stay on as a consultant along with sharing my expertise with organizations that are in the pet industry to help them scale and thrive.

What should our readers know about your business?
I started training dogs in 2002. It wasn’t your typical dog training school that I went to. I learned to train dogs initially in the Army. I became a certified Military Working Dog Handler in 2002 and in 2005 I put my skills to the test with a deployment to Mosul, Iraq with an explosive detection canine named Zito. After my discharge from the Army I eventually opened a pet dog training business. It was great and I trained thousands of dogs in just a few years. As time went on I continued to refine my skills and advance my approach to the art of dog training. Once I began to really work on myself it was amazing at how I began to see dogs differently. It was then that I discovered my K-9 Mentalist abilities. I began knowing what a dog would do before they did it, I started to almost hear their voice and I played with the idea of controlling and interacting with a dog through my mind and visualizations. So when you ask what sets me apart from others, I think it’s my ability to speak dog and translate it easily so their owners can too along with the intuitive and spiritual approach to dog training.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A cruise along PCH in a convertible is a must. I want to hike the Hollywood sign, then find a fruit stand and order extra tejin and chamoy on it, then we would head to tour the stars homes in one of those double decker buses. After the tour we would check out the sunset from 71 Above restaurant in the US Bank building, after that we would check out a movie at the Melrose Rooftop Theatre.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This answer may surprise you, in fact you may have never heard it before. There is a long list of those I could shoutout and show my gratitude for their support and guidance, but at the top of the list is actually dogs. It may sound crazy but I’ve learned so much about life, business and most of all myself from not only my own dog Zeus who is a 5 year old Belgian Malinois (they are the dogs that most people think are German Shepherds), clients dogs have taught my countless lessons and for that I am forever grateful.

Website: www.worldofdogtraining.com

Instagram: @worldofdogtraining

Linkedin: @iamryanmatthews

Facebook: @iamryanmatthews

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