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Looking back and focusing on the future:

Kim Stout Kim Stout, President

At Coastal Pet, we believe one of the things that sets us apart after fifty years is that we are still a family owned, American manufacturer. The Stout family started and continues to run the company, so we took a moment to sit down with our President, Kim Stout, to find out what working in the family business is like and where she wants to see it go in the future.

What do you remember about the start of the company and the early years of Coastal Pet Products?

Kim: The company was started the year before I was born, so it was always part of our lives.  I remember playing in the warehouse with my sister and brother making cardboard wings to see who could go the furthest jumping off of boxes. 

 Our family had fun winter weekends with the Siberian Huskies, as we not only trained and raced sled dogs but also raised puppies.  I think my fondest memory was dad making a leather bag for me to hold all the arrow heads and Indian things we found playing in the fields around our home. 

I distinctly remember the way he designed the closure, using a T-shaped piece of leather, as it wouldn’t have been authentic to have a metal buckle.  I loved that bag and had many adventures with it.  Dad has always been very creative and good at making a whole host of things.

When and how did you get started within the company?

Kim: I worked in marketing for Coastal when I was in high school. Then I went off to college and taught public school outside of Washington DC, but I returned to Coastal in 2000, as a regional sales manager in the mid-Atlantic area. I’ve been working for Coastal ever since.

What are the advantages and challenges of being a family running a company together?

Kim: You truly have work life balance because it is all one!

What has been your favorite product or product line Coastal has worked on in the last 50 years?

Kim: It’s hard to pick a favorite product! Li’l Pals kitten is one of my favorites, as it gives cat lovers an innovative solution to get their kitten used to wearing a collar and especially designed for kittens’ small size. Having identification on cats is very important if they get out of the house.

The Circle-T rolled leather dog collars are another favorite. They are truly hand crafted with more than 16 steps in the process; from beveling and dressing the edges to rounding the collar to fit perfectly. But what is coming next is always the most exciting for me. I love to see new hardware designs and manufacturing processes applied to creating products that give dog and cat owners well designed and functional products they can trust.

What would your dream be for Coastal in the next 50 years?

Kim: To continue to grow as a brand dog and cat lovers value for quality, design and safety! By staying true to our midwestern values of working hard and having fun doing what we love, I’m very proud of our associates and their dedication to our customers and each other.

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Why hire a professional dog trainer?

Steven Appelbaum, President of Animal Behavior College
www.AnimalBehaviorCollege.com

As a professional dog trainer and President of Animal Behavior College, I have been asked literally thousands of times over the last three plus decades, why someone should invest in professional dog training.

There are a number of reasons hiring a professional dog trainer makes sense for pet owners.

  1. Communication: Dogs are intelligent social beings with complex communicative abilities but they don’t speak English! Hiring a dog trainer allows you to learn the best ways of communicating with your pet. This improved communication is at the heart of how a pet owner strengthens their bond with a loved dog
  2. Preventing challenges: Over 60% of people enrolling in dog obedience classes do so to address pesky behavior problems. However, many of these behaviors, chewing, jumping, housetraining, puppy nipping and general unruly conduct can be prevented or minimized when you work with a dog trainer early.
  3. Addressing issues: While not everyone works with a dog trainer early enough to prevent behavior issues, it’s not too late! Hiring a dog trainer to assist you in addressing behavioral challenges is the most effective way to solve them. Years of experience and time tested techniques used by trainers can save pet owners the headache of trying to course correct on their own.
  4. Safety: Having a dog that responds consistently to obedience cues with and without distractions is a critical safety component. Being able walk your dog on a leash without them pulling, for the dog to come when called, or stay when directed can be the difference in outcomes during potentially risky moments.
  5. Socialization: Finally, some pet owners feel comfortable preventing and/or address behavior problems on their own and successfully train their dogs without professional help. So why join a training group class? Friends! Working with a dog trainer in a group class setting allows the dog to learn important social skills with other dogs and to listen around distractions. It’s also a great place to meet other dedicated dog owners.

For more information about where to locate a dog trainer near you click on the link below.
https://www.animalbehaviorcollege.com/professional-dog-trainers/

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Steven Appelbaum has trained dogs professionally since 1981. He is the founder and President of Animal Behavior College a school for dog trainers. Steve writes a column for Pet Age magazine, is the former editor of Off Lead Magazine, his book The ABCs of Practical Dog Training was published in 2004.