How to choose a dog trainer?

How to choose a dog trainer?

A dog trainer is a trainer (instructor, cynologist, zoopsychologist) who will help you with training and raising a dog. There are many training methods. You need to find an instructor who treats the dog the same way you do.

How to choose a dog trainer?

How Mawahibi's instructors see the ideal dog trainer:

he must teach you to understand your dog;

teach you how to educate her;

teach you to understand her language;

offers to educate the dog only humanely;

he does not take the dog away from you and train it on his own without you!

Here are some more guidelines for choosing a dog trainer:

1. A dog trainer ID is not that difficult or expensive to buy. So the presence of a crust does not mean the instructor's professionalism. But, just in case, do not hesitate to ask him for a certificate.

2. Even if the trainer says that he "trained dogs in the army or the police" - their training methods are for the most part far from operant ones (based on affection, play, and delicacy).

3. Do not trust a dog handler with a narrow specialization, who "takes only a certain breed of dog" and claims that there are undrained breeds. He may simply lack experience.

4. A competent specialist must, first of all, teach the owner to manage the dog. If he always takes the dog and trains it alone, then you have every right to inquire about the training methods and the results of the classes. The instructor should not make secrets about the training methods he uses. You can (and have the right) ask any questions that interest you. If the instructor cannot answer them (or does not want to), then perhaps he himself is not very clear about what and how he will do with your dog.

5. Training should take place not only in the apartment, although it is necessary to start there, but also on the street and in places where dogs are walking. In the house, the dog is more controllable, obedient, and not distracted by anything. On the street, everything is much more complicated. HERE you can read about the training sessions with the dog handler.

6. The training of each dog requires a strictly individual approach: taking into account the breed characteristics, age, and temperament of the dog, the individual characteristics of the owner, as well as the psychological and physical compatibility of the owner and the dog. Therefore, the instructor's work experience is desirable for more than 5 years. It is your dog who may require the instructor to apply all his knowledge and experience. Spoiling a dog is easy, but retraining is very difficult.

7. Advertisements with the instructor's phone number are best searched on the Internet, veterinary clinics, pet stores, and a specialized zoo press. And even better - on the recommendations.

8. It is desirable to have your own website, where you can find out in detail about the school, the instructor, and the services provided. It is also desirable to have videos and photos from classes, customer reviews.

9. You cannot teach a dog in 10 lessons. But after 10 lessons (if there were no unexpected complications during the course), the dog should demonstrate the very initial skills of the obedience course, while remaining cheerful, playful, happy to meet the trainer, and engage with him with enthusiasm. This creates the conditions for successful dog and owner training.

10. The instructor must never smell alcohol!

11. The presence of additional pedagogical, psychological, zoopsychological, or veterinary education at the dog handler is very welcome!

12. If an instructor comes to your obedience class with a stick (baton, whip ..) - immediately and immediately drive him away!

13. The result is usually seen at the end of each session. A good coach always achieves a solution to the problem, if the owner does not prevent him from doing so.

14. A good and experienced instructor always has acquaintances in the field of cynology (veterinarians, handlers, breeders ...) and colleagues in other cities.

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