If you feel like you can't give your dog the training he needs or if you want to enroll in a class with your dog, it's important you choose the right trainer. I'm sure there are hundreds of trainers in your area to choose from, but don't feel overwhelmed. Here are six steps to take in order to find the best trainer for your pup.
1. Find trainers who use your preferred methods
Positive training is always the best way to go, so personally I think you should locate a positive dog trainer. However, all that's important is that your trainer uses training methods you agree with. Of course, this step also means to avoid trainers who use methods you aren't fond of.
2. Visit the training facility if your dog is staying there
If you aren't using in-home training and your dog will be staying at a training facility in the future, ask to visit the facility to ensure your dog will be properly cared for. If you denied the privilege to visit the facility, this is a red flag. The care of your dog while he is at a training facility shouldn't be secret, especially to the dog's owner.
3. Read testimonials and reviews to learn what others got out of the experience
The website of the dog trainer might have a "testimonials" section where people can discuss what they thought of the trainer. If not, websites like Yelp! could also provide reviews that could influence your decision. If not, determine whether a friend, family member, or neighbor has used the trainer. If so, ask them about their experiences.
4. Consider your dog's training needs
Most dog training websites will list what they can do for your dog. They could list things like "basic obedience" or "cat aggression" or "puppy kindergarten" or "housebreaking issues". If what you're looking for isn't on that list, get in touch with the dog trainer to determine whether or not the trainer will be able to help your dog.
5. Find a trainer that works with your budget but knows what they're doing
Not everyone can afford premium trainers, but that's alright. Don't choose a trainer who is in your budget but doesn't understand dogs. Instead, choose a trainer within your budget that will understand your dog and do well with your dog. If you can't afford a trainer who can properly teach your dog, than it's better to train your dog at home.
6. Find a dog trainer who does well with your dog
Look for a trainer that will want to get to know your dog and will tailor their training techniques to best suit your dog.
Remember, even if you are hiring a professional trainer, training begins with you. Training happens every day with your dog, whether you know it or not, and you always have to be a good role model for your dog. Plus, trainers will give you a plan of what to work on with your dog to make sure your dog remembers what he learned and so the consistency is there.
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