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.
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, PetFinder and doggos.com 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!