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    Choosing the Right Dog Trainer | Dogs and Puppies

    Articledog training guidesWednesday 18 May 2011
    It can sometimes be difficult to find a dog trainer. If you need a little extra help with dog training, hiring the services of an experienced trainer can be a wise investment. If you’re struggling to find an appropriate trainer, the guide below should help.

    Find a Dog Trainer – How To Start Your Search

    • It’s easy to fall into the trap of phoning the first local dog trainer you come across in the classifieds. However, it’s important to take some time over this decision – early training can be extremely influential in the overall development of the dog, and if the trainer is ill-qualified, the time and investment that comes with hiring a trainer could be wasted.

    • Although the most important part of dog training is building a relationship between dog and trainer, it’s also essential to think about your own personal interaction with the trainer. You may have a different training philosophy to the owner, and alternative priorities when it comes to the dog’s training schedule, so part of your thinking needs to rest with whether you can work effectively and without conflict with the dog trainer.

    • Don’t be afraid to ask questions – after all, training doesn’t always come cheap. Ask about the trainer’s level of experience and make sure he has a significant amount of knowledge about your dog’s breed, as no one dog breed is the same.

    • Be wary of signing up with a dog trainer that operates solely on a group class basis. Dogs will generally need regular one-to-one training to learn new skills effectively, so if you’re looking to join a group class, make sure the number of dogs in the class is relatively small.

    • Never underestimate the power of word of mouth. It’s the best possible way of unearthing a fair analysis of a dog trainer’s skills. The trainer may have a smart website and a professional sales pitch, but you should only part with your cash after seeking the opinions of his client base.

    • Finally, make sure the trainer is teaching you as well as the dog. The dog may pick up crucial skills from the trainer with ease, but the real success of the dog training will lie with your ability to command the dog’s attention over time.

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