Selecting a dog trainer

Posted on 30 December 2013.

Selecting a dog trainer can be the key to a happy and healthy relationship.

Training your new puppy yourself is a good option. But if for some reason you are unable to do so, either due to scarcity of time or a very demanding work schedule, what is your next best option? Well you can seek the services of a professional dog trainer. You have to be very careful about selecting a dog trainer and so you must know what to look for in the person you select. We shall go through some of the qualities that the American Dog Trainers Network (ADTN) looks for in their affiliates, and what you should consider when selecting a dog trainer.

Selecting a dog trainer

1. Reputation

Selecting a dog trainer that has an excellent reputation is a must. So ask around and evaluate the kind of answers you get from various people who have known the trainer. The categories of people you could contact for references include vets, the ASPCA, your city’s animal humane societies, and other reputed trainers in your area.

2. Experience

Experience is another important point of consideration where selecting a dog trainer is concerned. Question the trainer about the number of years he has been in the business of training dogs. Ask him about his areas of expertise. Put forth any other questions that might come to mind. You have every right to clarify your doubts.

3. Genuine love for dogs

This should be one of the foremost qualities that will shine in the trainer’s eyes. You will be able to recognize it at once. It is either there or it is not. A genuine lover of dogs will simply be passionate about dogs. He will answer all your queries about dogs with great ease, care, and concern. Selecting a dog trainer that truly loves what he or she does will reflect in how your dog responds to the program.

4. Knowledge

A good trainer will keep himself up to date with all the latest dog training and handling techniques. Whenever possible he will attend dog training conferences or seminars to meet with other trainers and exchange views and news. You can ask the trainers you meet about their methods of keeping up to date with the latest changes in dog training land.

5. Humane training methodologies & animal handling skills

A good trainer will have the welfare of his animals uppermost in his mind at all times. Hence they will never indulge in abusive or harsh handling methods as they are well aware of the fact that harsh handling is only counter-productive. When selecting a dog trainer, if #3 from above is present then this is usually not a concern.

6. Good communication & interactive skills

When selecting a dog trainer, these skills are obviously in the trainers favor. A trainer who can speak and interact well with his enthusiastic dog owners will obviously be knowledgeable about his wards. He will also make learning a lively and enjoyable process.

7. A sense of humor

This is an additional bonus for both the dog and the owner. Humor can be fun for everyone concerned. Selecting a dog trainer that can enjoy the mishaps that will happen, and have the patience to deal with the most stubborn of puppies will go a long way to the success of the training.

8. Ethics

Check out whether the trainer you are considering is in the business for the love of money or for the love of his wards. Nothing is wrong in earning your bread from dog training, but ethics in any play an important role in any business. Use your discretion in making such judgments. Remember, selecting a dog trainer is the first step in making sure that you have given this new relationship the best chance.

This may seem like a long list, but selecting a dog trainer is first and foremost journey for you and your new friend, make sure it gets off on the right foot.

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