Your dog is a member of your family. And just as you want the best for your spouse and your children, you want the best for your dog, too. Dog training certification and licensure is not controlled by any government agency. That’s why it’s important to do your due diligence when selecting a dog trainer.
Start by asking for recommendations for a trainer from your vet, or from your local humane society, groomers, and boarding kennel staff. Also ask among friends, family, and neighbors who own dogs and may have had them trained.
Next, start asking yourself some questions. What type of dog training program, and what class format are you looking for? Group classes? Private lessons? Dog-only lessons? Protection/guard dog training? There are pros and cons to each format, so think carefully about what you would like your dog to get out of the training. A good way to make up your mind is to ask a trainer if you can sit in on a few classes beforehand.
Something that goes along with this is asking to interview a trainer before making a decision. You can talk at length with the trainer, either by phone or in person, to learn more about their method. Ask about their certifications, philosophy, and what sort of equipment they recommend and use. You may also want to ask if they attend seminars and refresher courses.
Finally, look at pricing. Based on philosophy and methods, what can you expect for the money? Trainers set their own prices, and these can vary greatly, so consider whether or not the length and depth of training are good values for the money.
The staff at Auburn Leach K9 Solutions takes dog training seriously, and we will work with any animal, now difficult or aggressive their behavior is. We use praise and love to shape behavior, not punishment and violence. If you’re looking for the best solution for your dog and your family, contact us today!