Many claim that they are qualified to work with dogs and that they know how to train them, but before you offer up your hard earned cash, make sure you know everything about the person you are trusting your dog to. There is much more to training a dog than simply learning sit and stay. The following are some issues to look out for when choosing a dog trainer:
1. References – Make sure that the trainer you are speaking to about your dog has references. Before you even discuss a price, have them send you references and then go the extra step to verify them. Call the references and ask all the questions that you have such as how well do they work with dogs.
2. Time in the Business – How long have they worked with dogs? Do they have any formal schooling that allows them to have the ability to train a dog? Have them submit a resume that shows their experience and time working in this industry to be sure that they are on the up and up.
3. Love of Dogs – Many that train dogs do not even like them. While this can be surprising, it is more than true. There is good money in dog training but you want to have someone who is in it for the dog, not the paycheck. Have them meet your dog and see how well they get along. Your dog can be your best barometer on whether or not they can work with it.
4. Training – It is important for dog trainers to keep up on their industry by continuing their training. There are many new methods coming up all the time and any good trainer knows what these are. Not all new methods are for every dog, but you want your dog to have the best training they can get. Having a trainer who knows what’s best for your dog is only happening if they are current in their education.
If you want to have your dog trained by a professional then you need to take the time to find out as much as possible about them. This is the only way you can ensure that your dog’s trainer is giving you the best work for the money that you are spending. Your dog’s welfare should always come first and a great trainer concerns themselves with the pet before they paycheck.