One of the important decisions most dog owners take is choosing the right trainer for their dog best friend. Because responsible dog owners want what is best for their dog, they look for the right and most suited trainer.
Nowadays, there are a lot of dog owners who claim to be experts and the best dog trainer. Because of this, there is a tendency to get overwhelmed with so much options, that it leads to the point of just settling with the first dog trainer found.
Here are some tips in choosing the right trainer for your dog.
- The first question to ask yourself is: do you really need a trainer? To some degree, a lot of dog owners feel like they are dog trainers, even without sufficient background and training, because “no one knows my dog better like I do.” While it can be true that dog owners indeed know their dog better than others, qualified and credible dog trainers possess a skillset and information, which they worked hard and trained for to master and perfect, that not all books or websites can surpass.
- Know your training options, by understanding your dog and what he really needs. Whatever kind of training you decide that is best for your dog, it is highly recommended to avoid hiring a trainer who solely relies on punishment as a method of training, for this can increase problems of anxiety and aggression.
- Looking for the right trainer at the right places is a very important step. Yes, browsing through the internet for good dog trainers indeed helps, but relying on that alone without personally meeting them prior to training. A great trusted resource for training recommendations is your veterinarian. Friends who have had trainers for their dogs can also be a good source, but remember to not take their friendly referral on blind trust.
- The most important tip in getting a dog trainer is doing a “background check” on the trainer candidates. There are ways to check certifications, and make sure to also verify that your trainer is insured for any potential unfortunate injuries, both to them and your dog.
- Ask trainers these questions that would help tell if they are the right fit for your dog:
- What are your educational background , training, and experience in the area of dog training?
- What method of training do you (usually) use? What is your expertise on?
- Do you also provide specialized services such as dog sports training and dog service training?
- What equipment do you use? Do you use dog training collars? Do you use bark collars?