Finding A Good Dog Trainer
One of the main problems when starting a behavior training routine with your dog is finding the time. Training your dog is not something that you can do a bit here and a bit there. A rigorous schedule is needed to keep your dog on a steep learning curve.
For many people, this is just not possible with work commitments etc. This is where a professional dog trainer can step in.
As with most professions, the cost involved and the quality of the end product vary wildly. This should be the first thing you consider before hiring a dog trainer.
Considerations Before Getting A Dog Trainer
Firstly, think about your budget. How much are you willing to spend on your dog? Prices will vary from free to over $100 per session. Sometimes animal shelters will offer weekly free lessons to help you train your dog but these are not going to be as thorough as a twice weekly session with a personal dog trainer.
Your costs will depend on what you want to achieve and how fast you want to achieve it.
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Consider your schedule. Training sessions will usually require you to take your dog to a session and pick him up later. Also, there will be training needed in-between the main training sessions. You will be expected to spend time reinforcing what your dog has learned at the session. This may require up to an hour per day practicing with your dog.
Also, think about your goals. Some people just want to train the dog not to chew the couch or chase cats. Others may want to take their dog to dog shows and agility exhibitions. Whatever your goals, regular training will be needed. How much training and what type will depend on your dogs breed and individual personality.
Some dogs can be overly timid and fearful. Others may be overly aggressive and boisterous. What type of training your dog requires will be down to these types of factors.
Aside from these basic considerations, you will want to find a trainer that shares your outlook towards dog training. Some dog trainers can be very soft towards the dog and lenient. Others may have a style bordering on the aggressive sometimes found with ex-police force and military dog training professionals. A lot of dog trainers lie somewhere in-between.
If you are to be happy about sending your dog to a training session, you need to agree with their methods.
Probably the best avenue for finding a dog trainer is a personal recommendation from a trusted source. A friend or family member who has had their dog trained by a professional trainer. If you do not know anybody, shop around. Also don’t be afraid to swap trainers a few times if you are not happy with the way things are going.
Good luck and happy hunting!