NEVER feel bad about seeking the professional help of a dog trainer. In fact you should commend yourself in that you care for your dog to get him a professional education. Whether your seeking a dog trainer to help with problem behavior, or you just got a new puppy and you want to start them off on an early education. Take a couple minutes to read what to look for in a dog trainer.
A good dog trainer can be a wonderful asset to have, but there are also cautions one must take when looking for a trainer. When seeking a dog trainer dog owners need to realize that a good dog trainer does not replace you as owner/leader. As a dog trainer my job is to stand in as a helper and a guide in showing owners how to effectively teach their dogs.
Here are a few things to consider when looking for a dog trainer.
When you speak to the dog trainer are they taking time to get details?
A good dog trainer takes the time to talk with you and get specific details as to what is going on with your four legged friend. A good dog trainer always has the desire to see their clients build a good relationship with their owner.
Does the dog trainer take time to listen to you?
Strong communication with owners is a must. As each person is different as each dog is different and taking the time to not only teach, but also to listen and evaluate is essential for effective teaching and learning.
Does the dog trainer make promises that bad behavior will be resolved immediately?
BE CAREFUL!! Many dog trainers who promise quick “ infomercial miracle” results with your dog will often be using methods that are extreme, dangerous and even abusive and could bring about more serious problems with your dog.
Is dog training fun?
YES!! Dogs are like kids. Mentally they will always have the minds and emotions of young children. Dog training should be fun!
These are just a few things to think about when looking for a dog trainer. Make sure to ask lots of questions. A good dog trainer should be happy to answer any questions you might have and explain their training methods to you clearly. Don’t ever feel pressured or obligated to start training with someone you are not comfortable with.