The funny thing about being a dog trainer is that you really aren't a dog trainer.
When you become a dog trainer you spend your time training people to train their dogs.
I spend way more time training people than I do training dogs.
So now when someone asks me what I do for a living I say that I am a professional people trainer.
I get some strange looks but that's okay, I used to it.
So why am I sharing all of this with you.
Simple my dog loving friend...
I want to help you find a good dog trainer.
When you spend your hard earned cash to get some dog training instruction you want to make sure you are getting what you paid for.
Dog trainers have different methods and styles so before you hand over your cash here are some tips for you.
A good dog trainer is someone who is patient and fun to be with.
It always amazes me when I go to a dog training class and the dog trainer is like a drill instructor.
I remember about ten years ago I went to a dog training class at a popular school.
The instructor walked into the middle of the class and stated: "This is the worst class I have ever seen".
She went on to belittle the whole class for about five minutes.
Why the people didn't walk out I'll never figure out.
A good dog trainer will have different techniques to help you, a good understanding of the different training methods and breeds of dogs.
But I would have to say that one of the most important things is that the dog trainer should make it fun for you and your dog.
Dog training should be all about having fun.
I know there is a serious side to dog training - we need to stop your dog from injury, prevent your stuff from getting destroyed, not anger your friends and neighbors etc.
If dog training is FUN your chance and your dogs chance for success is much greater.
I'm not saying that every dog trainer has to be great at cracking jokes but the class environment can be light and enjoyable.
A dog trainer should be able to deal with a wide range of behaviors and know how explain what is being taught.
A trainer should know that people learn in different ways.