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3 Tips for Choosing a Dog Trainer

Whether you have read up on the benefits of having a dog or you have finally given in to your spouse or children’s request for a new puppy, you will need a great training program. Before you search “puppy training programs Denver CO,” consider the following tips for finding the right dog trainer.

Goals

Your first task is identifying why you want training. For example, are you looking for a family pet? If yes, then your goal may be to teach your pet to be a member of the family, which is a short-term training goal. If you are looking for opportunities for your pet to socialize with other animals, you may want to participate in a group class. However, if you want more individualized training, you should not sign up for group classes. In addition, is your training general or specific? For example, do you want health-related training, agility training for competitions or specific barking training?

Methods

Not all training methods are kind. You want a trainer that is effective, but teaches you how to work with your dog humanely. You also want a trainer that trains both you and your pet because you need to understand how to work with your pet at home. You may ask to sit in on a class or two because although some trainers state that they use positive reinforcement methods, their methods may not be positive or humane. Also, check out the facility for cleanliness, calm and control

Education and Experience

Your trainer should be educated and certified. Because this industry is unregulated, anyone can become a dog trainer without proper instruction. Therefore, your trainer should have gained certification through a reputable dog training and behavior program. In addition, your trainer should belong to professional associations, such as The Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

Now that you have decided to get a dog, you can improve your communication and compatibility through a proper training program. You may have received referrals from friends and loved ones, but be sure to do your research to find a great training program.…

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