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Dog Obedience Training: How to Find a Trainer for Your Pet

By    |   Sunday, 11 January 2015 08:56 PM

Pet owners can locate trainers for dog obedience training through referrals from their veterinarian or local dog groups. Many websites offer information about training and what is required from a trainer. Trainers can also be found through local advertisements.

Since pet owners devote a good deal of time training their dogs as well as cost, they should gather a list of potential trainers from professional or reputable sources before contacting a trainer.

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When talking to a potential trainer, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers recommends questions to ask to find out what methods trainers use. 

The association recommends asking about the person’s educational background in dog training. Does the trainer offer specialized services, such as competitive dog sports, service dog training or therapy dog training?

Other questions are: What equipment do you use? Can you provide a list of clients? What professional associations do you belong to? What are your credentials or certifications?

Look for a trainer who encourages pet owners to attend and participate in sessions, according to Kellyann Conway, a certified animal behavior consultant. Ask the trainer if you can observe a training session or class. Look for signs that the dog is happy, since training should be a fun activity for dogs. Find out whether other pet owners are also enjoying the class.

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A good training class should have about one trainer for six dogs. The location of the class should look clean and secure with doors properly closed and latched. Tools used in a dog training class should include leashes, flat collars, bite-sized treats, toys and harnesses.

Reputable trainers operate classes that are healthy for pets, including requiring proof of vaccinations for animals in the class.

Stay away from training that includes choke collars or electronic collars. Trainers should use plenty of praise for good pet behavior. Training should not include physical punishment.

See if the trainer or assistants pay special attention to dogs that might need extra help. The trainers should be available for questions before and after classes. They should show a genuine interest in each pet and with the concerns of their clients. Pet owners should feel comfortable with a trainer before choosing one.

Dog obedience training is as much for the pet owner as for the dog, so selecting the right trainer ensures pet owners they will improve communication methods and the healthy behavior of their pets.

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