In a world where everyone wants to be different and innovative in their own way, people are drawn to unconventional paths. To stand out in an industry where so many compete with one another, to be disruptive, to be unique, is quite the challenge. Climbing that mountain is no small task but those who get to the very top, get to change the game.
Tom Davis has a knack for animals. Interacting and understanding them is second nature to him. Not through force of habit, but because of who he is. Just like breathing, handling pets came instinctively. Even at three years old, while playing with dogs in his family’s backyard, he knew he had a special type of love for them. The bond that he shares with them is what led him to become America’s canine educator.
For Tom, realizing his true calling came in an unexpected way. “So I was chatting with my dad one afternoon on the phone, I just knew this was it. This is what I am supposed to be doing in life, it all lined up” he says.
He knew he didn’t want to open a local shop in his New York, where he is from, and teach dog training the traditional way. Four to six classes a week just didn’t cut it for him and he knew it. He was already on the move and hungry for more. What he wanted to create, the vision he had in mind, was much bigger than just himself. That gut feeling just… felt right.
Thirteen years passed and he now owns and operates his company, Upstate Canine Academy, out of the city with a team of ten professionals. As an educator and not a trainer, he puts a lot of emphasis on helping dog owners understand their dogs. He travels all over America and other parts of the world when he gets the opportunity to work one-on-one with his clients. Explaining how to see certain situations from the canine’s point of view, is what makes him different.
One day, a client from Boston came to the UCA with a dog named Max, who had a few bites on his record. The owners struggled with his reaction for over two years and did not know who to turn to. After working and analyzing his behaviours, Tom got to the core of his reactions. By not providing proper structure to Max’s life, they created unwanted anxiety and stress. With a proper structure and leadership, he went from an insecure mess to a happy puppy.
Tom’s drive to reach his goal, which is to help others, has made him trust his own path. He knows that all of the hardwork and dedication to the industry that he’s put in over the years will pay off immensely. From living out of a tent in a friend’s yard to traveling every day to cater to dog owners, his accomplishments are truly worth applauding. With successful side businesses, such as his fast growing Youtube Channel and award winning podcast No Bad Dogs, he prefers to stay true to himself and the community that he’s built by working on his own.
In his words, “Knowing I won’t be a one off for a network or streaming service gives me the motivation to keep helping dog owners and growing my own brand.”
America’s canine educator is here to leave his mark and hopefully inspire others to follow in his footsteps.