What to look for in dog trainers…

When considering getting some help with your beloved dog, how do you know what to look for when it comes to searching for dog trainers? I have had many people book me following an intense search for something which ticked the right boxes for them, whereas others have found me simply through luck of the draw. In a largely unregulated industry, how can you be sure that you are finding dog trainers  that you can trust, and that will do what is best for you and your dog. Well there are a few things to look out for:

  1. Is the trainer affiliated with an external body – for instance I am a Highly Recommended Associate Dog Listener, approved and monitored by Jan Fennell, best selling author of “The Dog Listener” and founder of Amichien Bonding.
  2. Does the Dog Trainer discuss your problem in detail with you and explain why it is happening?
  3. Does your dog trainer just promise to fix the problem, or do they explain the cause and that they will work at it from the cause.
  4. Do they quote your an hourly rate, or a fixed fee?
  5. Do they guarantee their advice with a life time of back up support?
  6. Do they suggest one to one help or class based (a class is an unnatural environment, so has limited impact)?
  7. Are they able to provide testimonials or contact details of other people they have helped?
  8. Does the dog trainer suggest that you might need any gadgets?  A gadget is an unnatural and unnecessary implement.  Dogs are very simple creatures if you communicate with them correctly.
  9. Does the dog trainer suggest that your dog might be untrainable? (There is no such thing as an untrainable dog.)

Another thing that many people have mentioned to me is that some dog trainers they have spoken to have been very dominant and patronising.   Seeming as though they aren’t interested in working with people, only dogs.  I haven’t met these people myself, but if this is true, it couldn’t be more different from the way that I work.  If you and I don’t get on well, then I’ve little chance on helping you to help your dog.  It’s really important to me that I make my all of my clients feel comfortable, so that they can ask any questions, no matter how silly they might seem.  Ultimately, it’s you the owners that are going to be doing the work, so my focus is on you, and observing what YOU are experiencing with your dog and how you can improve it.  I do not claim to be born with a gift; what I possess is an ability to teach a simple, kind and effective method of dog training to anyone wishing to improve their dog’s behaviour and quality of life.  It’s not rocket science.  You can do it and I can help you.

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