Selecting a Dog Trainer
Ask to visit a class you may be considering and go without your dog to observe. Watch the class and see how the guardians and dogs are interacting. Are they having fun? Are the people interacting positively with their dogs? Is the overall class a positive experience? If you are uncomfortable with what you observe find a different trainer. Training styles vary and different dogs may respond to different methods, but excessive force is not okay.
Finding a good dog trainer can be the difference between successfully training your dog and having you and your dog frustrated by the training process. However, finding a good dog trainer is not always as easy as it seems. While most dog trainers may be very good, there are some factors to consider which include your training goals, the specific needs of your dog as well as the amount of time you can devote to training. It may take a great deal of time and effort to find a good dog trainer but it does not have to be impossible. The following are a few of the methods a dog owner can use to select a well qualified trainer to assist him in training his dog.
One of the easiest ways to narrow your search down to a few dog trainers is to ask for recommendations from friends or family members. These opinions might be especially useful when they come from friends or family members who share the same training goals as you. For example, if you wish to compete in obedience trials with your dog and have a friend or family member who has enjoyed a great deal of success in the obedience ring with his dog, you might want to consider the trainer with which he works. Or if you have a dog with a specific issue, such as aggressiveness or timidity, you might consider consulting a friend or family member who worked with a dog trainer to help his dog overcome these issues. Asking for recommendations from friends or family members is an ideal option because they are very likely to provide you with a candid evaluation of the trainer’s abilities, training techniques and professionalism.
Those who have specific training goals may also consider seeking out recommendations from others who share their canine related interests. It is important to note that not all dog trainers teach only basic obedience and manners. There are also dog trainers who train dogs for other avenues such as the show ring, flyball, agility, competitive obedience, disk dogs or dock dogs. Dog owners who have an interest in these types of activities will likely find asking other dogs owners who have dogs who excel in these activities for recommendations for a trainer is an excellent idea to find a well qualified trainer. This can be accomplished in a number of ways. The dog owner may begin attending these competitions to meet others who share their interests. Once they get to know these other dog owners and their dogs, they can decide which ones they wish to ask for recommendations. Some of the competitors may have trained their dog on their own and may be willing to offer you some training advice while others may have relied on the assistance of a professional trainer and can offer you a recommendation for the trainer they used as well as an honest opinion about this trainer’s abilities and qualifications.
Finally, dog owners who are looking for a good dog trainer may want to meet with and interviewing several different dog trainers. You can start off by simply looking up dog trainers in a local phone book or through an online resource. If the dog trainer has a website, you can learn more about him which will help you to determine whether or not you believe he will be a good match for you and your dog. If you decide to meet with a particular trainer, you can ask him more specific questions about his qualifications, past experiences and training techniques. The answers to these questions as well as your overall impression of the dog trainer can aid you in the decision making process.