By Joel Monroe &
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to Joel Monroe firstname.lastname@example.org
Not only is your dog of great value
to you, but so is your time and money. Seeking out a good trainer
for your dog is essential, however, it is often difficult to figure
out who is the best choice. Here are some guidelines and things
to look for to help you make the right decision.
1. A good trainer can guarantee to
deliver results. This means that they should have no problem delivering
what they promise. For example, if a trainer tells you that he/she
can teach your dog to lie down, they better be able to get to your
dog to lie down.
2. A good trainer has the ability
to train a dog of any breed, size, or personality. Be skeptical
of any trainer that does not accept certain breeds or a dog because
it is too big or strong. Do not be fooled by any trainer that claims
to "specialize in one specific breed because they are so different
and have special needs". In group classes, be wary if a trainer
that does not allow a dog to participate because it is too wild
3. A good trainer is well versed
in a variety of training methods. Any trainer that claims one specific
method works for all dogs, in all situations, and for all problems
is either lying, delusional, or does not have enough experience.
4. A good trainer should have the
dog obeying YOU by the end of the course. This means the dog does
not be to bribed with something like a treat in order to obey. Obeying
you also means that you should not need to repeat a command several
times in order to get your dog to comply.
5. A good trainer will have your dog
obeying under real world conditions. A dog should be able to obey
when other dogs are running around, cats or children are running
by, in the middle of play, there's an interesting smell on the ground,
6. A good trainer should be able
to lead by example. Look at the trainer's dog. Even ask for a demonstration
with the trainer's dog. Be very skeptical of any dog trainer who
has a dog that does not obey well (especially under high distraction),
needs to be bribed in order to perform, or is constantly misbehaving.
Cost is also an important issue
for most people. Keep in mind that it is better to spend a little
more money and get solid results than spend less money and have
little or no results to show. However, this does not mean that the
most expensive trainer is also the best trainer. As long as you
look for the qualities mentioned above, I am sure you can find a
training program that fits your budget.