Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Choosing a Dog Trainer

Dog training is part art form and part science. When you are choosing a dog trainer for your new best friend, you want to choose the dog trainer that is best suited to your dog and to you. There are good dog trainers, and there are not-so-good dog trainers. You want to be certain that you get a good one.

First and foremost, you DO NOT send your dog to a dog trainer to be trained. You could compare this to buying a car and hiring someone else to learn to drive it. Dog training is all about teaching the owner to train the dog. The dog needs to learn to obey his master - not a dog trainer.

You DO NOT need to send your dog away from home for him to be trained. Trainers who insist on boarding a dog during training are just interested in collecting boarding fees from you.

A dog trainer will not charge you for a consultation visit to evaluate your dog. Make several consultation appointments and see which trainer best relates to your dog and to you. Discuss techniques that will be used. The same techniques do not work for all breeds, so ask for references from other owners who have the same breed that you do - and then check the references. A dog trainer should not ever use hitting or scare tactics to train a dog - not EVER.

Individual training is better than group training. There really isn't any question about that. However, you can expect to pay a lot more money for individual training than you would for group training. Which you choose depends upon what role in life your dog will play. If he is going to be a show, he needs individual training. If he is going to be the family pet, group training will be sufficient.

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