If you are like most dog owners today, choosing the perfect dog trainer is undoubtedly one of the best decisions you could ever make for you and your fur baby. Sadly, the process can be one of the most intimidating, especially with so many dog trainers in the industry, but very few who live up to their claims. There are hundreds of dog trainers who claim to be the best in equipping your dog with lifelong happiness and obedience. How do you navigate through this and get a genuinely qualified trainer that is positive their experience and effort will bear fruit through force-free, modern techniques, and tools for dog training?
If you are like many people, you are looking for a positive dog trainer. This is one who uses positive reinforcement. One who avoids physical punishment or instilling fear or use of intimidation. One who has a clear understanding of the often misunderstood concept of dominance? And above all, one who is committed to comprehending the canine experience from your dog’s point of view. As such, they avoid any form of fear, pain, and punishment, both in techniques and tools when training your dog. So, what defines this positive dog trainer?
A good dog trainer must have the best people skills. Think about it, if this purported trainer cannot relate well with humans, how are they expected to connect well with dogs? They should be great communicators to ensure they listen to you and your concerns. They should be patient enough to pace their training style to align with whatever speed you feel is perfect for producing the best results for your dog. An excellent communicator is also a good listener, which is yet another crucial point of consideration.
A good trainer should be competent enough to ensure they take a comprehensive behavioral history of your fur baby. Any trainer worth their weight in gold would want to leave no stone unturned when it comes to the background of a dog. This helps to ensure they can effectively and quickly identify the root causes of specific issues so they can implement their positive protocols. You should, therefore, be wary of any trainers who tend to discount the critical role that a dog’s history plays.
Experienced dog trainers are very consistent in their efforts when it comes to effective positive dog training. It is no wonder most would suggest training sessions even for the entire household just to ensure everyone is on the same page. This way, all who will come in contact with the dog will be using a common language to help contribute to a consistent and positive learning experience. As such, they should be in a position to provide references you can make contact with to know their experience with the dog trainer that you are considering. This is because there are very many unscrupulous dog trainers working professionally, which justifies the extra efforts the good trainers have to take to convince you that they are the best in what they do.