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PostSubject: Finding he Right Dog Trainer   Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:30 am

I have been asked this question many times over the past few years. The recent rise in TV based dog training shows has spurred many discussions and even a few heated arguments on the subject.

The main thing when beginning your search for the right trainer is to remember that every dog is different, and every situation is different. Subscribing to one line of training, one that doesn’t allow for this, is not only dangerous it's irresponsible!

A good trainer is one who continually takes in all of the information he or she can from as many sources as possible. Doing this gives the trainer a wider variety of knowledge and more possible options to consider when he/she is presented with a given behavior issue or situation. Having a open mind when it comes to any and all training methods will allow the trainer to determine which method or combination of methods will be the best for you and your dog.

No matter which trainer you choose, you must take the time to investigate the method or combination of methods that trainer might choose to employee when training your dog. You must agree with those methods and if you have any questions, the trainer should be more than happy to take the time to answer your questions and satisfy your concerns. You must always remember to do only what is best for your dog. In the end, if your dog doesn’t trust or respect you and your trainer, your dog will never respond well to the training.

Lastly, when choosing a trainer make sure he/she uses methods that support physical health and mental balance in your dog. Trainers who prefer to use shortcuts that can physically or mentally harm your dog should never be allowed access to your beloved family member.

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PostSubject: Re: Finding he Right Dog Trainer   Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:53 pm

I completely agree! As I always like to say, a good trainer is not defined by his ability to use a method but rather to assess the dog to find a method that works Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Finding he Right Dog Trainer   Wed Dec 09, 2009 7:50 am

I am very lucky to have a wonderful trainer that lives less 30 miles away. She is very busy as she trains the local police dogs, but for the past 3 years has also been helping me with the dogs I adopt from shelters and anyone who might adopt one from me...free of charge.
She spends a minimum of one hour observing the dog with the owner and then discusses what the owner would like to achieve or needs to achieve. I've never seen her use a harsh correction, not even with the police dogs. She finds out what motivates them and teaches the owner to use that.
I just don't think it gets any better than that.
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PostSubject: Re: Finding he Right Dog Trainer   Wed Dec 09, 2009 12:10 pm

Ann wrote:
I am very lucky to have a wonderful trainer that lives less 30 miles away. She is very busy as she trains the local police dogs, but for the past 3 years has also been helping me with the dogs I adopt from shelters and anyone who might adopt one from me...free of charge.
She spends a minimum of one hour observing the dog with the owner and then discusses what the owner would like to achieve or needs to achieve. I've never seen her use a harsh correction, not even with the police dogs. She finds out what motivates them and teaches the owner to use that.
I just don't think it gets any better than that.
Thats great...

I feel pretty lucky as well. I have a customer that runs a local kennel. He has a good friend that trains show dogs. Weve met several times, and she offered to take my calls and help with any issues I come accross. I'm trying to get a bit closer so I might be able to shadow her during some sessions. I would love to work with her and maybe learn something about training from the behaviorist POV.

Also, my best friend's daughter has completed her training and is now certified. She is actually going to school to be a vet. But she also wanted to learn to be a trainer as she felt it would be important to know too.

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PostSubject: Re: Finding he Right Dog Trainer   Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:26 pm

Betterdog4u wrote:

Also, my best friend's daughter has completed her training and is now certified. She is actually going to school to be a vet. But she also wanted to learn to be a trainer as she felt it would be important to know too.

Hey we two are alike in that matter...well I actually lean more towards training that being a vet. Hopefully I'm going to take classes starting Jan for vet assistant and start working soon as a retail pet instructor...that is if there is any need in the locality....its hard. Frustrated

Thats cool that you guys know trainers in your areas, the trainers around here are scarce and I don't really agree with their techniques all the time Seriously?

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PostSubject: Re: Finding he Right Dog Trainer   Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:31 pm

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Hey we two are alike in that matter...well I actually lean more towards training that being a vet. Hopefully I'm going to take classes starting Jan for vet assistant and start working soon as a retail pet instructor...that is if there is any need in the locality....its hard. Frustrated

Her goal is to be a vet, but at the moment she is in her 2nd year of study to be an Asst. As i understand it she got her "trainers cert" thru her PT job at PetSmart and is working as a trainer thru them.

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PostSubject: Re: Finding he Right Dog Trainer   Wed Dec 09, 2009 9:41 pm

Through petsmart? Thats what I was thinking to do too, however there is only one here locally and I already asked, they have two trainers (the new one seems like a CM clone), so I'm trying my luck at petco. It seems nice there because you get to give seminars too, which would be cool to put on a resume.

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