What is your specialty?
Tell us more about what you do.
I own and operate Southern Pine Kennels in South East Georgia. I have always owned and loved dogs. I have trained many breeds of dogs through the years. About 20 years ago started training labs for my personal hunting dogs. I helped friends with training their dogs also. Three years ago I decided to become a full time trainer. I started small with retrievers and a few pets for obedience. In 6 months I had outgrown my location and had to build new bigger kennels. I decided to go all in to follow my dream/passion, so I built a indoor heated and air conditioned kennel suites. I ordered Stone Mountain Kennels with glass fronts. After 6 more months I had to double my kennel size again. I currently have two full time and two part time employees. It has been a challenge growing so fast and learning to run a business. I had very limited business experience. I am still learning but look forward to what the future holds. I currently train 8-12 pet in obedience and 6-8 retrievers a month.
What gets you pumped up every day about what you do?
To watch the dogs grow and learn when they give you that I got this look or action. I really like to watch retrievers mature from puppies into hunting dogs, watching them on hunts in the woods doing what they were bred to do. I also like help pet owners with their problem pets and seeing the owners face when I have transformed their problem pet into a family member.
What goals have you not accomplished?
I do not feel I have reached my potential as a business owner. I believe my business has not finished growing.
What keeps you up at night in pursuit of your goals?
I want to be the best at what I do. I do not want to grow stagnant. I always want to do better. I want this company to be a multi-generational business.
What do you love most about the Dakota 283 products?
The great construction. I also like the features offered at reasonable prices.
Southern Pine Kennels
4895 Osteen Road
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