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Choosing a Dog Trainer.

We all want our dog to be a good and safe pet, this normally requires adequate training.
All dogs will require some level of training, puppies and adults.
Whenever our dogs spend with us they are learning, and not always the right things. Not all of us have the time or expertise to train our dogs adequately so more and more people are seeking the help of a professional dog trainer. This can take a bit of research, but it will be time well spent to make the right choice.

Some tips on how to find a Good Dog Trainer:-

  • Recommendations from a friend, neighbour, groomer, boarding kennel, veterinarian, rescue groups can be helpful. Try asking dog owners with well-behaved dogs who they trained with.
  • The membership of a trainer in a dog trainer association does not necessarily qualifies them as a suitable instructor, so check out what their membership involves and does it meet your expectations.
  • Try to find someone who has experience with a wide variety of dogs (all ages and breeds) and keeps up-to-date with new training theories and methods.
  • Ask how long have they been training dogs
  • Do they deal with a serious behavior problem, such as aggression.
  • Establish what training methods they use how many years of experience the dog trainer has.
  • Find someone you are comfortable with.

Try to visit at first without your dog:- (good trainers should not find that a problem)

  • Do the dogs appear to be enjoying the experience
  • What method of training do they use ( trainers should never use physical punishment) – look for reward-based training methods with food, play or toys
  • Make sure the training class type is suitable for your pet, Puppy, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced.
  • Class size should be manageable (the APDT (UK) recommends no more than 8 puppies in a class with an instructor and 1 assistant.)
  • Does the class appear to be safely under control
  • The dogs should appear cheerful, ears and tails up, eyes bright and generally interested. Be wary if dogs are cowering, have their tail between their legs, or do not make eye contact.
  • The class should be calm and quiet. Lots of shouting or barking indicates high stress levels.
  • There should be vaccine requirements for the dogs, and bringing sick dogs to class discouraged

 

Training your dog is part of responsible dog ownership
Positive training enhances the bond between dog and owner
and helps ensure that your dog will happily respond to your instructions.



The Association of Pet Dog Trainers, UK (APDT) accredits dog trainers with the right knowledge and skills to train your dog.

 

 
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