5 Rules For Choosing A Dog Trainer
Establish the first lesson you want your dog to learn.
Do you and your dog resemble one of the extreme scenarios I use on my television programs? It might not be necessary to learn by teaching your dog to “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and “heel.” Dog trainers may specialize in rehabilitative work, obedience training, or both. Choose the best tool for the job at hand.
Take into account your morals and views.
For instance, some people are against choke chains. I don’t have anything against them, and I do find them helpful in some circumstances when utilized appropriately. However, I won’t use a choke chain or any other tool that the owner disagrees with since, if the owner has a bad feeling about the tool, you can be sure that the dog will have a bad feeling about the tool well. For still another reason, you might find that I’m not the perfect trainer for you. There are several options available to you when it comes to dog trainers. Make sure the trainer you choose shares and upholds your principles because you will be the one to live with and work with your dog daily.
Verify a trainer’s certification.
There are many excellent dog professionals out there who aren’t qualified—I used to be one of them—and there aren’t any hard-and-fast standards that lead one to think that a licensed trainer is necessarily an expert. However, certification shows that the person you hire has completed some baseline requirements, has experience working with dogs, and has done some research. You can look into the basic rules that a certified trainer must follow.
Ask if you can speak to a couple of the trainer’s former clients, even if you find one in the phone book. I realize it seems simple. They give you a feel of the trainer’s methods, “bedside manner,” dependability, and dedication to results.
Make certain you take part in the trainer’s training sessions.
If a trainer asks you to leave your dog behind so that he can work with you, there is nothing wrong with that. Because a dog’s bad habits are typically the result of its owner, and because a dog needs to be isolated from its owner to develop new ones, I occasionally do that myself. However, my clients say I don’t “fix” hurt dogs. I work closely with the owners to identify their issues and behaviours to help the owners improve as much as their dog does. You already know that the owner typically needs the most “training” if you’ve watched my show.