Choosing a dog trainer can be one of the most important decisions you have to make as an owner. The methods a given trainer chooses to use can impact your dog’s life for years down the road. Therefore, you should take the time to find the right trainer.
First of all, you will need research. This will help you better understand all the options available to you. Trainers vary in the types of technique and equipment they use. While it’s ultimately your decision, we recommend a trainer that uses positive reinforcement and not fear based tactics. As a personal recommendation for Cleveland area dog owners, DogTropolis suggests Cold Nose Companions. Asking for recommendations from trusted family and friends is a great idea, as well.
After narrowing down your search, you will next want to schedule an appointment to speak with a trainer and get an overall feel for their work environment. We recommend you don’t bring your dog the first time. Looking for obvious signs like cleanliness and organization will go a long way. In this visit, do not be afraid to ask questions about topics such as their education and background in the field. Most trainers love when their clients take particular interest in the care for their dog.
Finally, take your dog to a chosen trainer. See how they interact with your dog and how invested they are. With time, they will develop a relationship with you and your dog. Open communication is often the key to finding the right trainer, and ultimately seeing progress with your four-legged friend.
To find certified dog training professionals in your area go to: CCPDT
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