What makes a good dog trainer? A Comprehensive Guide

What about board and train?Another option is board and train, where your dog goes to stay with the dog trainer for a period of time, usually several weeks, and is trained while there. This can work well for some issues, such as house-training, but not so well for other issues. This may also be useful if you are planning to go away and need somewhere to board your dog, and would like your dog to get some training as well. Even though the trainer will be doing most of the training, you should still expect to have to do some work yourself; the trainer should keep in touch with you about your dog’s progress, and will schedule at least one session to ‘transfer’ the training. After all, even if your pooch has learned lots of new commands, they won’t be much use if you don’t know what they are; and if you aren’t prepared to keep practising them, your dog may forget them.

With board and train, you need to take even more care to select your dog trainer carefully and check references. Because they will be training the dog away from you, you won’t be able to see the training they do – so you need to be sure they really will be using food to train your dog, and not an aversive method such as a shock collar.

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No two trainers are the same. Similarly, no two dogs are the same. Just like us humans, all dogs are different. Which means they all learn at different speeds. As a dog trainer you need to be cool as a cucumber and not get annoyed when your fur client won’t do what you say.

What’s more, training a dog requires a thorough understanding of natural dog habits, behaviour and abilities. Without this insight finding the necessary skills and putting them in to practice to gain the best outcome can be incredibly difficult. After all, dog training is definitely not all fun times and wagging tails!

Vaccinations and CleanlinessExpect to be asked to bring vaccination certificates to your first class. Adult dogs should have DHPP (distemper – parvo) and rabies vaccinations. For puppies, the guidance from the American Veterinary Society for Animal Behaviour is that,

As mentioned above, make sure to check your dog trainer has qualifications. Dog trainers with the CTC from the Academy for Dog Trainers have studied behaviour modification as part of their course. Animal behaviour consultants are certified by the

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The Biggest Secret in Dog Training – What the Best Dog Trainers Know – Understand Your Dog

From teaching your dog basic obedience to advanced training for dog sports, a great dog trainer can make all the difference. That’s particularly true for new dog owners. But even if you have years of experience with canine companions, a professional trainer can help you troubleshoot problems and hone your abilities. Plus, group classes have the wonderful benefit of socializing your pup. But how do you know when you’ve found the right dog trainer?

Dog training is an unregulated industry. Anybody can print business cards and charge for her services, regardless of background, education, or experience. It’s essential to evaluate potential trainers before trusting them with your hard-earned money and your precious pet. Don’t simply pick the closest training school. Do your research to determine if a potential trainer is the right fit for you and your dog.