Choosing A Dog Trainer

May 11, 2019

When choosing a dog trainer, you should focus on finding someone that you and your dog are comfortable with. A quick search for your dog trainers company name on the web can be very helpful in determining if this is the right trainer for you. Read reviews and look over your potential trainers website and Facebook page carefully, and don't be afraid to ask questions.

Training Techniques

It's important that the trainers techniques align with your views and are grounded in ethical training. Look for trainers that encourage the dog to make the right decision, and take time to show the dog the right way to perform a behavior. You should find a trainer that teaches you how to succeed with your dog on your own, rather than one who does everything for you. The purpose of dog training is to be able to have a well-trained dog, but also to learn to communicate better with your dog to avoid bad behavior in the future. You should feel empowered to tackle problems by yourself when a trainer is not around. Avoid trainers who advertise being able to train your dog faster than anyone else, or that say they can train any dog to do anything. All dogs are individuals, and you want to work with a trainer whose techniques are grounded in respecting your dogs individuality and your goals.

Where to Find a Dog Trainer

Sites like Yelp and Petfinder, and the list various dog training businesses, along with photos, reviews, and services. You can also find dog trainers by going to independent pet stores, or talking to other dog professionals and small business owners, such as dog groomers, breeders, and pet photographers. There's a good chance they'll be able to recommend you a trainer that they trust, possibly one they've worked with themselves.

You can often find dog trainers and group classes taking place at local parks, farms, YMCA's, and community centers. Check their websites to see about how to enroll your dog in class. In most cases, you'll need proof of your dogs full vaccination against rabies (at the very least) and a secure leash and collar.

Good dog trainers take the time to work with you and your dog as individuals. Everyone's needs are different, and many dog trainers cater to certain situations, such as involving kids in the training to help teach responsibility, or helping train a service dog. If you're experiencing behavior problems with your dog, start by introducing a nice, long walk into their day. But if that doesn't help, or your problems stem from the walk itself, get a trainer involved! Many behavioral problems can be solved with help from a professional dog trainer —often in less time than you'd think!

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