With so many professional trainers out there, it can be difficult to decide who will be the best match for your dog or puppy. Getting a good trainer is important because if your pooch is well-behaved, then you and your pet can enjoy a happy, balanced relationship together.
Here are some tips to help you find the right dog training professional for your canine companion:
* Reputation. Ask around and get recommendations from your vet, family members, friends, neighbors, humane societies, and kennel clubs.
* Research. After you have compiled a list of potential trainers, see if they have websites, which can help you learn more about them and narrow down your list.
* Experience. Interview candidates about their background. Some questions that you can ask are:
– How long have you been training dogs?
– What techniques do you use?
– What education or training have you had in this field?
– May I observe one of your classes before I sign up?
* Observe. Watch how the trainer interacts with the dogs and their owners. Good trainers are concerned about the dogsâ€™ welfare and do not use any rough handling techniques. Also note how the trainerâ€™s dogs behave. Are they well-mannered, or are they out of control?
* Communication skills. A trainer who communicates well with both the dogs and their owners makes the whole process easier and more fun.
* Knowledge. Committed dog trainers regularly attend training and behavior courses, workshops, and seminars to stay up-to-date.
* Methods. Different dogs will respond to different methods in different ways. If your pet does not respond well to a certain technique, the trainer should be willing to try another one.
* Structure. Note the size of the class, and if dogs get some individual attention.
* Dedication. Finding a trainer who genuinely loves dogs and working with them is very important. He/she should also have a sense of humor. The trainer, dogs, and owners should all be enjoying the class.
* Affiliation. While it is not necessary, a trainer who belongs to reputable training clubs and organizations is certainly a bonus.