Your best friend deserves the best training there is. You may have a hard time finding it, though. There are a lot of options – and they all seem great.
So, what can you do? We’ll explain how to find the right dog training match for you and your pet down below.
1. Be as patient as you want your dog to be
You may hit the jackpot with the first trainer you meet – or it may take a little while for that to happen. Patience is a must!
Otherwise, you may hire someone who will teach bad habits to your dog. That’s one way to end worse than when you started.
A friendly, well-trained dog is the perfect companion for someone. Patience is a small price to pay for that.
2. Reviews and references are a must
A great way to speed through the hiring process is to look for reviews and references. You can do so online – but it’s better to trust the experts. Talk to your vet, dog owners you can trust, and similar people.
Online reviews and testimonials are fine. Most of them will help as well! Talk to your vet before going online, though.
3. Look for positive reinforcement
There are a lot of ways to train a dog. You want a trainer who knows how to communicate with and reward your pet the right way.
Positive reinforcement is all about rewarding proper behavior. Punishment is not the right way to train a dog (or any other animal), so make sure you pick the positive way of doing things.
4. Drop in before you sign up
Pay a visit to your training and see him in action before signing up for anything. That way, you’ll make sure the information you have is right.
Trainers who don’t allow drop-ins could be great – but there’s no way to know. And if you’re not sure about it, should you trust them with your pet? Probably not.
5. Expect more than the basics
Dog training is more than teaching your dog to sit, roll, and give paw. They are all adorable achievements – but not enough.
Proper training teaches your dog to do the right thing in all areas of life (showing restraint, being social, loose leash walking, and more). It should also teach you how to behave with your dog and how to reward your dog’s good behavior.