I have a dog training service, but on a minor level right now. Because I live in a rented house I cannot bring dogs in for training so I have a mobile dog training service. I also do not train birddogs for a living, just obedience and behavioral problems at this point.
I charge $25 for a consultation, $30 for an hour long private lesson, $15 per week for an 8 week group class and a .50 per one way mile fuel charge. We just moved here so I'm re-establishing my business. I don't do much advertising, just yellowbook.com and word of mouth plus refferals from vets. I usually do about 4 lessons per week so I make about $120 per week.
What really peaks my interests and gets me going is breeding. I want to develop the perfect strain of upland pointing dog, but you can't make much money unless you breed like heck so I'll have to rely on training/handling for enough income to support a breeding program. My problem is that I think field trialing is a necessary part of evaluating a dogs potential to be bred, but I wouldn't feel right running my personal dogs against a clients dog and I think it would be bad for business too.
I've got experience in Pointing Dogs, Conformation, Obedience (competition and basic), Protection (bite work), Search, Scent Descrimination, Agility and Behavior Modification. I feel that I'm ready to get involved in training full time and am partnering up with a friend of mine from Texas and starting a serious business in Spring 08 in East Texas (Quinlan) as a K9 brokerage. We'll deal with the importing, training and selling of working police service dogs. It's basically a wholesale-retail operation, we buy the best dogs available from a contact in Israel at rock bottom prices and sell them for a huge markup. I plan on buying a few more birddogs out there and putting up about 5 runs to do some pointing dog training to further my experience. I'll do this for a year or so until I can sell out to my partner then I'll come back here and buy some land and put a nice kennel setup on it and start my own operation.
Hope you all enjoyed reading my life plans.