Choosing a Dog Trainer

Choosing a dog trainer can be one the most confusing and frustrating experiences of a lifetime. There are as many methods as dog trainers and each trainer finds fault with other techniques. Who is right?


These questions and rules might be helpful to clarify confusion when choosing a dog trainer:

  1. Does the person who sells you the dog training course actually do the training?

  2. What correction method is used in training the dog? NOTE: Hitting , pushing, shoving, scruff-shaking and dominance-down procedures will produce aggression at some point in the dog's life.

  3.  Does the dog trainer recommend the use of shaker cans, squirt bottles, loud noises, or treats to attempt behavior modifications?



NOTE: These gimmicks do not contribute to the establishment of a bond between owner and dog.


©  Shannon Schaefer