The Truth About Dog Training Schools

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The Truth About Dog Training Schools

by Benjamin Bergmann

When choosing a dog trainer, many people feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of dog training schools that exist. They are often afraid of so many things such as if the dog training schools can handle the special problems their dogs have, if the dog trainer is experienced enough, if he has extensive knowledge, and if the dog training school isn't too expensive.

In this article, I'm going to discuss how to choose the best dog trainer and what to look for in dog training schools. I'll be covering how to choose dog training schools based on their excellent reputation, the dog trainer's humane training methods, his extensive behavioural knowledge, his widespread experience, and his good teaching skills.

I hope that after reading this article, you will have the ability to choose the best dog training school for you and your dog.

Excellent reputation

You should look for dog training schools that have an excellent reputation. Ask your vet, your breeder or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) for recommendations. When all else fails, ask friendly dog owners for a recommendation. Not only should dog training schools have an excellent reputation, their trainers should use humane training methods, too.

Humane training methods

Responsible dog training schools pay attention to the methods their trainers use. A good dog trainer should only use humane training methods. He should be as concerned as you should about your dog's health. There do exist some dog trainers which still think yelling at your dog is the only way to communicate with him. These trainers haven't learned to communicate with dogs the right way. They certainly don't have extensive behavioural knowledge, which takes us to the next point.

Knowledge about behavioural problems

You should look for dog training schools with trainers that have extensive knowledge about behavioural problems and solutions to them. They should be striving to keep themselves up-to-date and improve their skills by regularly attending dog-training seminars. Another important factor you should look for is widespread experience.

Widespread experience

Ask the trainer about his experience. He should be able to tell you something about his training background, where he learned training dogs, in which dog training schools he worked before, and his areas of expertise. You deserve correct answers on all your questions. Don't be shy. If the trainer seems irritated by your questions, consider changing the school. After all, you are paying him his salary.

Good teaching skills

A dog trainer should have good teaching skills. It makes the learning for you and your dog much easier and much more enjoyable. It's quite challenging to find out if your trainer has good teaching skills. However, you should feel comfortable with his explanations and his interaction with your dog. If unsure, many dog training schools will offer you to change to another trainer.


As you can see, choosing a dog training school isn't as complicated as it seems. You learned how to distinguish bad schools from great dog training schools with the help of recommendations, finding out if their trainers use humane training methods, the trainer's knowledge, his widespread experience, and his overall good teaching skills.

As you may know, you won't get a well-trained dog by just getting him trained in a dog training school. For more information on general dog training, visit the article author's website

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