Finding The Right Dog Trainer

Dog training and finding the right dog trainer go hand in hand.

A dog trainer should be a person who knows canine behavior. Someone that has had experience in the field of dog training for some time.

Dog trainers do not have to be legally certified.

It is not necessary for a person to have any formal training, therefore it is up to you, “the seeker,” to ask the right questions.

More than likely the reason you are looking for someone to train your dog is because you either do not have the time or your dog has a problem or two you cannot solve.

Finding the right person may be a trial and error situation meaning, that it may take you interviewing or hiring two or three differenr people in order to find the right one for your dog.

One of the most important characteristics to look for, is the person being realistic about his or her ability. Do they talk about their training experiences? Do they mention their strengths and weaknesses or do they continually talk about how great their dog is trained?

Question the person’s experience in handling difficult dogs, ones that have aggression problems, stubbornness, behavior problems such as barking and housebreaking issues.

You want a trainer that is a problem solver, if your dog was easy to train, you could do it yourself.

The perfect trainer will train you also. While your dog is learning so will you, this way both you and your dog will know what to do and you both will enjoy and appreciate each other.

The right person will ask questions about your household, you and your dog. This way they can adjust the training to fit into your household. It is necessary that you are honest with the person you are considering. Be certain to give him/her all the information you can concerning the dog.

Touching on such points as where did you get the dog, how does it behave around other dogs and people, what does the dog like to do and what are its bad habits.

This is all necessary information and a dog trainer that is truly qualified will use this information to create a training program that is suited to you and your pet.

If you are going to a group training class, try to find one that has only six to eight dogs, more than that with one instructor does not give you much of the instructor's time for individual instruction.

The perfect group program would have an instructor along with one or two training aides to help with the class.

It is important that the trainer give both you and your dog positive feed back, praise is important not only to your dog, but to you, too. This way you will know that you are learning all the proper commands and will be able to carry out the training after you leave the class or if you are doing a “one on one” training session.

One other consideration, if the trainer has a dog of their own and it is a particular breed that is not related to your dog and this person spends your time telling you and everyone else how great this breed is in comparison to yours, find another dog trainer.

Since this Blog is about cats and dogs and I have been talking about dog trainers, it is only fitting I say something about cats.

I have not heard of "cat trainers," only of a cat behaviorist, who handle specific cat problems.

Most cats seem to train us, their human staff members and to prove that point I am going to close with this comment.

I found this quote on the Internet and could not find anyone to give credit for it, so I will give credit to “Annie Anonomus” for this cat training piece.

”There are people who reshape the world by force or argument, but the cat just lies there, dozing, and the world quietly reshapes itself to suit the cat's comfort and convenience.”