Your dog deserves the best training possible and finding the right dog trainer is important. But, where do you find the best candidates for the job?
Your dog is not just a pet, he or she is a member of your family and, just as you do with other members of your family, you want to make sure your dog receives the best education.
Of course, a dog training facility is important, but the key to good training is the trainer.
Choosing the right trainer is not only better for your dog, but it is also better for you. Good trainers don’t just get your dog to do a few “tricks”, they teach your dog how to learn, which results in a happier, more confident dog. You benefit from the sense of pride that comes with having a well trained pet by your side.
It all sounds easy enough, but how do you find the best dog trainer? There are no hard and fast rules, and often there’s a bit of luck involved, but you can take a few steps to make your search a little easier.
Fortunately, there are professional dog trainer associations and they are a good place to start. Many trainers have taken the time to become certified and an association can put you in contact with certified professionals in your area.
Your veterinarian or groomer can be a good source of information. They know your dog and are in a good position to recommend a trainer with the right fit for your particular needs.
Of course, it never hurts to talk to family, friends and neighbours about their experiences with dog trainers.
No matter how you go about finding a trainer, you need to talk to the potential candidates and find out for yourself which ones you feel will be best able to train your dog. Ask about the trainer’s certifications and membership in professional associations. Find out if they are involved in any continuing education for dog trainers. Perhaps most importantly, you need to have a comfort level with the trainer so you can work together for the benefit of your dog.
The certified dog trainers at Alpha Paws have the experience and knowledge to answer your questions, make recommendations and keep you informed about your dog’s needs and progress.