If you decide to start looking for a trainer for your dog(s) make sure you check out all the trainers in your surrounding area. Find one that best suits what you're looking for. I see a lot of people just going for a trainer with the cheapest prices and in the end are unsatisfied with the outcome after 6 to 8 weeks. I can't stress enough to not just base a trainer off of their prices, you know the saying "you get what you pay for" it's so true! Always make sure to meet with a trainer first before you hire them. Some things to think about are;
How do they interact with my dog? How does my dog like them? This is very important because they need a good relationship with your pooch to be able to get that trust to help fix behaviors. How do they treat you? Do they explain things easily so you can understand? Do they answer your questions no matter how many you have? Make sure the trainer doesn't lose patience with you. I always ask time and time again "Do you get it? do you have any questions?" I want to make sure my clients completely understand because once I leave it's up to them to continue training.
What type of training techniques do they practice? Are they positive only trainers (like myself) Which is no use of force, choke chains, prong collars or any type of negative punishment. Are they Compulsion trainers who use choke chains or negative punishment if needed? Or are you looking for a balanced trainer? A balanced trainer is someone who does both methods. Every trainer will train differently it doesn't make one bad from other because of the methods, it's what you are looking for that matters. Now I know I was talking about price earlier, yes of course price is always important you want to make sure you aren't being ripped off. Some trainers like to be the cheapest in the area to beat out competition and some keep their prices higher because they offer more (tricks, tracking or other specialized skills) This is why it's important to research trainers and find what you are looking for before you hire one. There is nothing wrong with being picky. This person will play a major roll in your life and your dogs. You have to be able to trust them and so does your dog. Always remember we aren't magicians and can't fix problems over night, it takes time, dedication and consistency! We come in and show you the tools you need and it's up to you as the owner to follow through. I always say "I rehabilitate the dog, but I train the owners"
Happy Tail Wags!