If you are looking for a dog trainer, you will probably find that you have several options to choose from. Each of these alternatives will have different proposals and methods for you to research, making the selection process even harder.
Canine education consists of teaching a dog to exhibit certain desired behaviors in specific circumstances. As a pet parent who considers your dog to be a member of the family, you likely are a responsible owner for whom there is nothing more important than your family’s wellbeing.
This is why you know that your instincts will rarely lead you astray. Therefore, each time you hire a service, keep in mind that despite everything about a given choice seeming perfect, and even if the reviews are amazing, if your gut feeling senses that something is not right, listen to it and keep looking.
What should I look for in a dog trainer?
Before deciding on a dog trainer or a dog school, you should seek information about their experience, reputation and the teaching methods that they employ.
It is important that you ensure that the professional that you hire stays up-to-date with new advancements and only uses methods that prioritize your pet’s overall health and safety.While knowledge and experience can be gained, respect and love for animals are qualities that cannot be reproduced and should not be taken for granted. Click To Tweet Hence, the professional that you choose must demonstrate genuine love and respect for all creatures.
The love and empathy embodied in what today’s experts like to call “soft skills” are a fundamental requisite in the modern world for anyone wanting to pursue a career in the pet industry, the animal industry in general and, of course, in animal assisted therapy.
How can I find the perfect trainer for my dog?
With a service offering becoming more and more varied and an increasing number of businesses establishing a web presence, online content and recommendations are among the most popular sources of information used by pet owners. Further to finding the closest professionals geographically, the Internet facilitates access to specific information, including their methods of training, their educational background and their level of experience. This information is generally available on web pages, directories, blog articles or electronic flyers.
On the other hand, recommendations from a trusted veterinarian or friends and family constitutes, in many cases, an assertion of the professionalism and the good reputation of the trainer.
Questions to help you find the right trainer
Questions such as the following ones might help you not only understand the methods that a trainer will employ, but also gauge whether they are willing to openly communicate with you and whether their techniques are the best suited to ensure the wellbeing of your dog.
- What are dog training techniques employed?
- What do those techniques involve?
- What are their results?
Another detail to consider is whether the scope of the training services offered covers all the different areas and goes through all the different levels of canine education. Although this may not be a disqualifying condition, having the same professional guide you through your pet’s education, all the way from basic house training to remedying unwanted behaviors and exploring canine obedience, is an advantage.
Types of dog training
The world of canine education is as varied as dog breeds. As more people own pets that they consider members of the family, the canine education sector has rapidly grown and specialized to address the needs of an increasingly demanding public. Click To TweetFor this reason, you will find that some schools or trainers have proposals that go beyond basic canine education and offer some, if not all, of the following:
- Specialized canine training programs for titles such as therapy dogs, assistance dogs, and canine citizenship.
- Preparation for sporting events and competitions.
- Conformation and dog show training.
- Agility training.
- Obedience training.
- Training for search and rescue dog work.
Once you have narrowed your selection down to a few options, ask each one of them for the opportunity to do a visit. This will allow you to familiarize yourself with their facilities and training methods, to establish direct contact with the trainers and to allow your instincts to help you make the best decision for the furriest member of your family.All dogs can learn good manners. Click To Tweet