December 8, 2012 at 11:38 am #40832
[IMG]http://www.flickr.com/photos/doggiesparadise/8254806034[/IMG]The ability to train dogs is not a gift anymore. Today it turns into a business, because every amateur can call himself/herself a dog trainer.
Therefore, it is very important that you select your dog-trainer carefully. Because the teaching methods of a dog-trainer will not only effect your dog’s behavior. They also influence the relationship between you and your dog, today and in the future.
Before you look for a suitable dog-trainer, you should have an exact idea of what you would like to teach your dog. Should he be a well behaved family-dog, a service dog, or may you train him as guard dog? A trainer, who trains protection dogs mainly, is certainly inappropriately for your new Cocker spaniel, who should be your good companion merely.
As soon as you have found a dog-trainer, you keep an eye as very first on how his own dog behaves, and like the trainer handles him! Does he have his dog under control without using violence? If a dog-trainer already yells at his own dog, he also will be rude with your dog later. If his own dog attacks visitors, he is guaranteed not able to teach your dog good manners!
In order to avoid bad surprises, you ask your future dog-trainer following questions:
Ask where, or with whom, your trainer was trained. Three weekend-seminars or a four-week-fast-course are insufficiently in this responsible job! The least is a 1 year education in a respectable dog-trainer-school. 🙂
How long your dog-trainer already earned money in this occupation? Ask about a list of customers who already trained their dogs with him. The time somebody spent with his/her own dog does not count!
Are there references?
Can your trainer prove references or recommendations? That can be a thank-you-letter of satisfied dog-owners, or recommendations of breeders and veterinarians. Also publications in Dog-magazines or work in an animal-protection-organization you can assess as recommendation. 🙂
Watching the training
Does your dog-trainer let you watch when he is training other dogs? Can also family-members participate in your training? If no, you immediately forget him. If yes, you keep an eye on it as he handles stressful situations. How does the trainer respond if a dog refuses his commands? Dog-trainers, who yell, who are frustrated, or behave harshly you better avoid for the future!
The right training-methods
Good dog-trainers distinguish themselves through humane training-methods and an affectionate contact with animals. They know that harsh training-methods are unnecessary, and effect the training result negatively.
But also the positive methods vary. What works with one dog, must work out with the next dog. Only an experienced trainer is capable to accept temperament, personality and abilities of your dog. 🙂
Which equipment is used in the training? If the trainer uses choke chains, electric collars or thorn-collar caution is offered. These tools are absolutely unacceptable! They apply pain, cause stress and injure your dog! Avoid such dog trainers immediately!
Also avoid trainers that your dog is afraid of! If your dog pulls his tail in, or runs away of the person, stop working with that trainer!
Ability to communicate
The work of a dog-trainer is to teach people. Keep an eye on it whether your trainer can explain well, and behaves politely. He should give you and your dog respect and sympathy. A good trainer explains and analyzes the behavior of your dog, and gives you individual tips, based on temperament and personality of your dog. You and your dog must feel really well in his society. 🙂
Are there guarantees?
Ask quietly whether your trainer can guarantee a success. Such a guarantee doesn’t exist namely! A good trainer will tell you that your own motivation and cooperation will mainly cause whether the training becomes a success.
A portion humor
Dog-training requires a lot discipline, but should also involve fun. Some humor and a hearty laughter give every practice-hour a warmly attitude. 🙂
Don’t work with dog-trainers, who tell you to be rude or to hit and kick your dog! The time of violent dog training is over! All we need for dog training is body language and eye-contact.
Real love and respect for dogs
If you find a trainer of great quality, you will sense it. The joy and enthusiasm in handling dogs let this person shine.
Your stomach will tell you, and your inner voice will immediately confirm you – that is the right one! 🙂
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