Thursday, February 03, 2011

Potty Training Dogs And Pharmaceutical Sales Reps

Potty Training Dogs Differently

When I was a pharmaceutical sales rep many years ago and at one of our big sales meetings, one drug rep told us that he would actually bring his dog with him on the road. Each morning, his dog sort of went to work with him. Of course his dog didn't go inside doctors' office with this rep but stayed inside the minivan while his master did doctor calls. So his style of potty training dogs was a bit different in a sense that the dog spent most of the day in the company vehicle.

Dog On Pharmacutical Sales Job

Of course, this dog had plently of opportunities to do his business in between sales calls, maybe even in the lawns of doctor clinics. I never even thought about this option when I was a drug rep. Instead, my two dogs would stay home all day. Sometimes I had early morning appointments with doctors or hospital rounds and sometimes I had appointments at the end of clinic days. So as a pharmacutical sales drug rep, I could have some long working days away from home.

My dogs did not rely on my to rush home to take them out since they were both trained a unique way. My style of potty training dogs involved teaching them to do their business in a specific location inside my house. Back then, it was simply newspapers laid out on the floor of a specific room at home.

Nowadays, things can be much cleaner with commercial dog litter boxes available and that's what my two present dogs use. With my long experience on housebreaking dogs indoors, I actually wrote a book on training puppies to use a dog litter box (my first published book was on helping people get into pharmaceutical sales jobs.)

If I was a pharmacutical sales rep today, I would have both options available. Either bring my dogs on the road with me like that guy did in the Maritimes or let them stay at home all day knowing that they would use dog litter boxes.

under a watchful eye Creative Commons License photo credit: visagency

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