If you have a dog and don’t have the patience, energy or time to train him, you’re not alone. This is a task that requires significant effort, especially if you want to have a well-adjusted dog that is happy — and has a happy owner, too. For some people, this means that they need the services of a professional dog trainer.
When it comes to hiring a trainer, quality and cost are going to vary as with any profession. Training philosophies are also probably going to differ significantly depending on the trainer, too, especially because it involves interacting with animals. Therefore, take the following things into consideration as you make your selection.
What’s your budget? It can depend on where you live, but in some cases, you may be able to get training services for free, often done weekly by volunteers in shelters or parks. Or, you may pay for pricier service, up to $100 or even more per training session. What’s a reasonable fee? That will vary, depending on the trainer’s experience, where you live, the length of the program itself and the goals you have for your dog.
Take a look at your schedule. Some training programs happen every week, others do so more often. You may have to leave your dog at the training facility and pick it up afterward, or you may opt to sign up for a program where the training involves you as well as your dog. Most training programs do suggest that you spend some time with your dog training him or her every day, either at the trainer facility or at home.
Is a “boot camp” training program right for you? In this case, your dog will be taken to a special facility for a length of time, up to several weeks. This type of training is long and intensive, and happens on a very regular basis. However, you shouldn’t have any concerns for your dog, since dogs like this type of training. Toward the end of the training itself, you’ll need to participate in the training, too, so that the dog ultimately sees you as the one to obey.
The results of this type of training school can be amazing. Dogs who complete this type of program usually end up eager to follow instructions and very disciplined. This is true even if they’re not special service dogs. Even so, these dogs usually don’t show signs of frustration or repression. Their moods are bright and they play with energy and gusto.
Next, take a look at your goals. Do you want your dog to be able to enter dog shows, or do you just want him to be well behaved enough to not chase the cat or chew on your furniture? Either way, you’ll need to have your dog training so that these types of misbehaviors don’t happen and good behavior is the result. How you do this and what type of training program you undertake is going to differ depending on individual temperament and your dog’s breed.
Some dogs are aggressive, others fearful either because they’ve been mistreated or because they’re simply submissive. The aggressive dogs may be that way because they’ve been abused or because they’re simply seeing themselves as the pack leader. The type of training you choose depends on the attributes you want to shape and how you want to influence them.
No matter what your goals are, and no matter your budget or commitment to time, you’ll want to choose a trainer who has a lot of patience and a lot of energy, in addition to a deep affection for dogs in general. Most have these characteristics in abundance, or they wouldn’t be in that profession.
Besides these things, though, you want a trainer who agrees with you in terms of philosophy and who wants to achieve the same goals for your dog that you do. Some trainers feel that dog training is just as much or even more about training the owner than training a dog, and there may be some truth to that, sometimes. Some trainers are friendly, lenient, and seek to “connect” with the dog, while others are almost military in their bearing and expect to be able to “command” the dog. Many trainers utilize a mix of both styles.
It’s likely that you’ll lean toward one training style versus another, but neither training style is entirely subjective. Even if you have disagreements with your trainer, there are likely principles that you’ll agree on nonetheless. Persistence, patience and consistency, as well as the need for the human to be in the “alpha” position, are just a few of these commonly held beliefs.
When it comes to choosing your trainer, ask for recommendations from those you share similar values with and don’t be afraid to shop around. You may have to change trainers over the course of things in order to find one that meets your needs. However, be careful that you don’t change things without careful thought. Something dogs need most is consistency, as well as a steady environment so that they can learn well.
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