The Dog Obedience Trainer and The Behaviorist

There are a few different types of dog obedience trainers out there and many of them have different methods of training. Finding a trainer that fits your needs can be hard.

Finding A Trainer

Two things you can do to help you find the right trainer for your dog are:

a) Research dog trainers and schools near you
b) Plan ahead on the type of training method that suits you

Dog Training Schools

Ask people you see with well behaved dogs, who their trainer was. Ask your vet or your local humane society about training programs they know of, and look on the internet to find dog training schools close to you. Make an appointment to sit in on a class, most schools will let you do this and if they don’t then maybe that school is not for your dog.

Choosing Training Methods

Decide which method you are going to use to train your dog and find a trainer that is able to provide that method of training, whether is be positive or negative reinforcement training. Ask about their experience in dog training and behavior modification, and ask how long they have been training for.

Make sure you have a trainer ready and that you are on the class list long before you bring your puppy home. Most good training facilities are pre-booked months in advance and it would be a mistake to miss out on the class simply because you didn’t book it early enough.

Dog Behaviorist

Dog behaviorists are one of the best resources to turn to when you have a problem with your dog. Their job is to access your situation, whether it is aggression or even house training problems, and find a solution.

A good behaviorist can fix most problems quickly, however problems like fear, separation anxiety and phobias can take time to resolve. Behaviorists access abnormal behavior from our canine friends every day and can spot problems easily.

Dog Trainer Certification

Some dog behaviorists are also dog trainers. All should be certified in animal psychology and should have attended a university and taken courses specifically intended to certify them as an animal behaviorist.

Most times your local animal control center will have a behaviorist on staff and you can consult with them for free, although if this is not possible try asking your vet for recommendations. Behaviorists can be costly, usually charging by the hour, but it is worth it if they can help you with your beloved pet’s problems.

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