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Today we got the honor of interviewing Timi (Tesla & Tycho's Human). You can find a direct link to their Instagram here.
Here is their story:
Can you tell us about your journey to becoming a dog influencer? What inspired you to start sharing your dog's adventures on social media?
Kosztin: Started by posting for my direct family to see. Loved doing fun tricks and sharing what we've been learning. Ended up having followers who loved and wanted to learn how to do similar tricks / wanted to watch happy content
What do you think sets your dog apart from other dogs on social media? What makes them unique or particularly interesting to your followers?
Kosztin: Intersection of working out + tricks as well as accessible / approachable way of raising dog (you feel like you can do it too!) Both are really well trained pets vs. performance dogs (you usually only see performance dogs doing some of the things my dogs do)
How do you come up with ideas for your dog's posts and content? Do you have a specific creative process?
Kosztin: Inspired but what we are doing on a daily basis (life is the inspo!). Working out / dogs & baby are the top things that we are working on so I like to show people how we navigate these things.
Have you ever faced any challenges or negativity on social media, and how have you dealt with it?
Kosztin: In general no --> our content primarily focuses on bringing joy and making people smile. Every once in awhile there will be someone who thinks that the only way to get dogs to do tricks is through punishment (vs. RX+ training) but I like to use those as educational discussions.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start their own dog influencer account or share their dog on social media?
Kosztin: Be your authentic selves --> take your passions and express those with your dogs. Don't try to showcase something that you aren't or try to replicate. Once you create a solid mass of content, all it takes is going viral once and then your content will speak for itself and drive your follower growth.
How has your dog influenced your life outside of social media?
Kosztin: Taught me so much about training, patience, how to communicate with dogs and building strong relationships. Also prepared me for parenthood!
Can you tell us about a particularly memorable or funny moment you've had with your dog during one of your photo shoots or adventures?
Kosztin: Heartfelt: We did a dancers and dogs photo shoot. My puppy (Tycho) is a covid puppy and nervous with new people and he impressed me so much with his willingness to work with the Ballerina (he's the cover of their 2023 calendar!) Warmed my heart that all the work we've been doing is paying off and his confidence is actually growing
What is your favorite thing about being a dog influencer?
Kosztin: Inspiring people to spend even just 5 more min a day with their dog -- I want to help them build good relationships and strengthen their bond. if seeing a trick does that amazing!
Lastly, what's next for you and your dog on social media? Any exciting plans or projects in the works?
Kosztin: We actually have a dog training app: Puppr! Highlighting this plus showing people how to improve communication between babies and dogs.