Choosing A Professional Dog Trainer

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Choosing A Professional Dog Trainer

by Jim Hodges

Last time we spoke about Dog Training And Your Dog. One of the best ways to get the results you want is by hiring a good dog trainer. Choosing a professional dog trainer is not easy. Anyone can call themselves a trainer. It does not mean that they are.

You must do your due diligence.

* The first thing you should do is call the trainer and ask them the method(s) they use to train. You need to feel comfortable with this method. Have them explain what they do in detail.

* Ask them if you can observe them with a client. This is sometimes hard to do as the client may not want to be viewed training. If this is the case, ask for a demonstration with their dog.

* Ask them for references. Also ask them for someone that has not succeeded with his or her instructions. Every dog trainer will have someone that they feel did not succeed. Remember, humans (the dog owners) are the ones doing the training. If they do not participate, they do not get results..

* Call the references.

* Ask what kind of guarantees they may offer. I allow my clients to come to the first lesson. If they are happy, they pay. If not, they can walk. It is important that you feel comfortable with your trainer and his methods.

If you have reached the point that you feel confident with your trainer. Listen and do what they ask! After all, you have come to them for advice.

You are the limiting factor ? not your dog.

Effort in equals rewards out. Training should be everyday life, not a parlor game.

One last thing. Some trainers do individual lessons. Some do classes. I personally prefer the individual sessions as you get what you pay for. Remember, dogs have different personalities and so do humans. You are relegated to progress with the weakest links in the class. In a class of 8, 10, 15 or 20 the quality of instruction is not as good as if it was one on one.

If you do the math, the dollars do not justify it either.

Your dog deserves better.

You deserve better.

Did you find this article interesting? Jim is a true professional dog trainer that gets results! To learn more about leading your dog, visit his two other sites at Jim Hodges Dog Training and his training and behavior blog at Contain-A-Pet Electronic Fence.

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