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Tips on Finding a Dog Trainer

By Dogercise

dog trainingIt’s hard to find time for dog training and exercise even though it should be a part of our everyday routine.  Families are often pulled apart because of the behavior of their dog. A trainer not only has to help the dog but also help the family understand what is required to get everyone on the same page.  If you are looking to add a new member to the family, puppy training is a great way to get off to a good start.

A trainer must be able to pull out different training techniques depending on the dog and family.  This is where it can get tricky.  Trainers must identify the personality and drive of the dog to determine the best method.  A good trainer concentrates on success, not a specific approach to teaching your dog.

Things to ask a potential trainer:

  • How long have they been training dogs?
  • Are they affiliated with any organizations?

Now, take this answer with a grain of salt.  Many organizations I’ve found have you fill out a form, pay a yearly fee, and you are an official certified member.  It looks more reputable and that is why people do it-as well as the fact it helps them out in the search engines when people are looking for ‘licensed’ trainers.  I know this because I have used many to help build my business.  When people do pay for this though, it shows an obvious interest in the field so don’t disregard it, just make sure you understand it doesn’t mean they automatically know what they are doing.

My place of choice is the IACP.  They are highly respected in the dog world.  Just make sure you look for ‘Professional Members’, not an affiliate member when it comes to training.  It’s a higher level of experience-over 5 years.

  • What issues have they come across that they couldn’t fix and what did they do about it?

This happens more then you think and they should say that they contacted someone they knew in the field who could fix it!

  • What could you do for me in my situation with Fido
  • What methods do you use?-

The trainer needs to be a good fit for you and your family so you need to know there tactics for disciplining animals.

  • After the training for ‘x’ amount of time what kind of relationship will we have?

You want to make sure that they will guide you through any issues you are having after training with them.  Customer service is very important in these situations and you want to make sure they will be there to answer any of your questions after training.

  • They should ask you many questions about your pooch too-Habits, incidents, specific situations, triggers, etc.


Just remember no trainer can guarantee a dog will behave correctly the rest of his life, but you want someone who will guarantee there ongoing support and advice.  These are just some of the questions you can ask.  A good trainer will understand that often pets are our family and respect the fact you are thorough.

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