How to Choose a Professional Dog Trainer

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Having a trained dog can not only strengthen the bond between you and your canine friend, but it can provide you with the life you always imagined with your dog. Getting started on training early, especially for dogs that come from a difficult past or rescue situation can allow them to make huge strides and set them up for the ultimate success in the future. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by misbehavior and often pet owners turn to professionals to help them. If you are looking for a professional dog trainer in Lakeway, TX or surrounding areas, here are a few things to consider:

Method

There are many methods utilized in dog training, and no matter which method you choose, you want to make sure your trainer’s methods are something that you agree with completely and have a solid understanding of its principles and practice. When choosing a trainer ask them to explain why they use the methods they do, if there are multiple techniques available and make sure you are comfortable with their answers before proceeding. Training involving aggressive dog issues can make problems worse or make a dog more fearful in inexperienced hands so make sure the trainer you chose has a proven track record. Positive training balanced with structure and accountability is a must when it comes to reshaping dog behavior.

Class Type

There are a multitude of class types available to best fit your budget and your lifestyle. Most dogs benefit working with a trainer one-on-one to start with for any type of behavior shaping or modification. Socializing is also a very important piece of the puzzle when a dog is ready and will not be overwhelmed by the setting. Training can even be done while you work. Daycare plus training options are a great way to incorporate all aspects of socialization and training and is easy to conveniently fit it into your busy schedule.

In home training is a great way to involve the whole family in learning how to make minor changes in routine with major effects on the dog’s behavior. Consistency is one of the most important factors in dog training after all. Having the whole family on board can make a big difference! 

Board and Train programs tend to work best for severe behavior problems or dogs that have a multitude of problem areas to work through. They are generally more expensive but are the fastest and most efficient way to fix major issues. When the trainer is done, they should give you all the tools and information needed to continue the work they have started for you. It’s a lot of information, so make sure they are accessible to answer whatever questions may arise once you have brought your dog back home from training.

Specialized training is a great option for any dog. Whether it has behavior that needs correcting or not, the mental and physical stimulation that comes with it is second to none. To have a happy healthy well-rounded pet, getting into a type of training that best fits your lifestyle is paramount.

In short, find a trainer that understands your needs as an individual client and can create something customizable that will work long term for your family and your pet.

Credentials

Before choosing a trainer, ask them about certifications and affiliations. A qualified trainer doesn’t necessarily need to have a lot of letters behind their name, but their education and your understanding of their methods will make the difference in an effective dog training program.

For more stories, tips and tricks on training or if you have any questions please visit our website at www.dogtrainingredefined.com or email Andrea at Andrea@theanimaldept.com

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Andrea Robinson