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How to Select a Great Dog Trainer

In order to be a responsible dog owner, you need to ensure that your dog is well behaved. Not only is dog training a fantastic way for you and your dog to get to know one another, dog training is usually the best option to help teach your dog and motivate him from a young age. Dog training classes, such as private dog training sessions help you as the owner understand and learn about the way that your dog learns. These classes also help your dog to develop those very important social skills.

Selecting the Right Dog Trainer

It is important that you find a good dog trainer for training your dog as some methods of dog training can cause behavioral issues in your dog. Based on your specific needs, you can choose to opt for group dog training lessons, private dog training or board and train programs.

Our advice is that it is worth observing a training class in action before you take your dog to join in with the class. This way you’ll have the opportunity to see if you like the training methods used and also it will give you a chance to see if you feel comfortable with the instructor. When you go to observe a training class, the things that you can look out for include:

– Consider What you Hope to Achieve

One of the first questions you need to ask yourself is what you hope your dog learns from dog training. Do you want your dog to be obedient or does your dog need rehabilitation? Make sure that your dog trainer provides what you need for your dog. You also need to consider your own viewpoint and philosophy. The dog trainer that you choose needs to agree with and respect and support your thoughts and feelings.

– The Environment

Check that the class is quiet and calm. If there is a lot of barking or shouting in the class, this may indicate a high level of stress.

– Tailored Classes

All dogs are different and are therefore motivated in different ways and progress at their own rate. Consider if the class that you are observing allows each dog to feel comfortable before they take part in any activities.

– The Size of the Class

Ask yourself if the class seems to large for your dog. Watching the class and getting a feel for the fit for you is a good idea.

– Dog Behavior

It is normal for dogs to feel anxious at first so lookout to see if the instructor helps any anxious dogs. With time a dog should feel relaxed. If you spot any dogs that are cowering or avoiding eye contact, then you need to think twice about this dog training class.

– Trainer’s Credentials

You know how everyone thinks they are a professional photographer…but when you see the results of their work…yikes! In that same way, lots of people think they are professional dog trainers, however, it is important to check certifications and experience.  This is an important decision and making sure that you are connecting with someone who knows what they are doing is crucial to your relationship with your beloved pet!