This article was specifically written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Cristi Casella
9 Questions You Should Ask a Potential Dog Trainer
A dog is a man’s best friend. Often, what you can’t get from most of your friends and acquaintances in terms of loyalty and company, you will get from your pet dog, particularly a trained one. But is it that important to train your dog? The answer is a resounding yes. Even the most well-trained of dogs will have tendencies that might affect how they behave in an enclosed environment.
Here are some questions you might want to ask when recruiting a dog trainer.
1. What are Your Credentials?
Before you work with a dog trainer, you should watch their mannerisms around your dog and also how they interact with you, right from when they walk in and say hello to the point when they leave your home. A good trainer will engage you and your dog almost naturally the moment that they walk into your home. You should also ask if they are accredited.
2. What areas do you operate in?
Online, it’s easy to find different dog training companies, but what most people forget to check is that a specific company has a training school in their area. As well as this, companies who have many different branches in a lot of areas are more reputable, as they are often more established as companies. For example, people looking for Manchester dog trainers might come across companies like Dog Harmony, who also have other branches in places like Liverpool. Finding a Manchester dog trainer for somebody in the area would be convenient, and it proves to be a more trustworthy service as visitors to the site can see the reach of the company.
3. How Much Do You Charge?
Ensure that you do the research on roughly how much dog training costs in your area. If you live in Manchester, you should seek out friends who have had their dogs trained. You could join your local Manchester dog training group to get a rough idea. Find a trainer that is comfortable working within your budget.
4. What is Your Initial Assessment of My Dog?
This is a pertinent question to ask the trainer. This question ensures that the dog trainer takes interest in the training of your dog right from the word go. This question will help you judge if, during your short discussion, the trainer noticed anything distinctive about your dog.
5. What are the Milestones that You Hope to See My Dog Attain and in What Estimate of Time?
A good trainer should be able to tell you what milestones within which time they usually set for the training of a dog and what happens if the milestones are not achieved. It helps to plan for the training schedule. You should also know what happens if your dog does not achieve the set milestones at the particular set time? This will establish the trainers’ set out goals and if you will be charged extra if your dog will take a longer time to achieve a milestone.
6. What do You Do to Ensure Your Client’s Satisfaction?
This question will help you know what measures the dog trainer takes to ensure that the client gets what they asked for in terms of money spent. Does the trainer have some sort of guarantee in place if they fail to train the dog properly? Most will be more than happy to disclose this sort of information.
7. What Methods Do You Use?
Before you set out to find a good dog trainer, do some online research on methods for training dogs and identify the method that you feel is suitable for you and your dog. Keep in mind that a good trainer should be able to teach you how to be “boss” around your dog. After this important step, ensure you hire only a trainer that meets your expectations on the methods you feel comfortable using on your dog.
8. Do You Charge for Every Consultation?
This will give you a rough estimate of how much you need to pay after every session of training, whether the trainer is willing to give you a discount, and the charges for in-between consultations if there are any. Beware of hidden charges and know if there are extras involved as well.
9. What Equipment Do You Use?
This question will help you establish what facilities the trainer uses for the training, whether the training will take place at your home or at a chosen location. This will help you plan your time and movement required.
A dog training program is more than just a few sessions or a contract to provide a service. It is a relationship built between you and the dog trainer, and your dog and the dog trainer. Ensure that both you and your dog are comfortable with the trainer before you make any decision.