Finding the right dog trainer and class for your pup

A dog that has not been given any instructions, training or boundaries cannot possibly know what you expect of him. Someone must train a dog what behaviors are appropriate and which are not. By training your dog how you want him to behave, you’ll not only have a saner household, but a healthier and happier dog as well! The well-taught dog:
  • Allows you to handle every part of his body to check for injury and to give him medication.
  • Will stay next to you, and looks to you for guidance.
  • Will walk next to you without pulling or dragging you down the street.
  • Knows “drop it” and “leave it”.
  • Knows sit, down, stay (A dog that is lying down cannot jump on to people).
  • Knows their name and can focus on their owner through the most distracting situations.
  • Does not try to rush out the door anytime it is opened, get into the trash, or chew things they are not supposed to have.
  • Has good manners and can spend most of his time indoors with his people.
Dog Training Classes How to select a trainer and a class for you and your dog Finding the right dog trainer for you and your dog is important. Working with a qualified professional can mean the difference between a harmonious life with your dog and having to give up your dog. Dog training is a science, but the industry is (as yet) unregulated with no licensing requirements or regulatory oversight. This makes it difficult to know what to look for.
  • Browse the trainer’s website and any other marketing materials.
  • Does everything look and sound professional?
  • Do the messages appeal to you? If so, set up a phone call or in-person meeting.
  • Can the trainer answer your questions about training, behavior, and methods knowledgeably and clearly?
  • Is she (or he) patient and thorough in her replies?
  • Do you feel comfortable with her?
  • Does she have experience working with the problems you need help with?
  • Can she provide references from clients?
A couple of things should raise a red flag in your assessment. If the trainer focuses on a model of dominance and submission—using language like “dominant” and “alpha” —or uses primarily punishment based methods, that trainer doesn’t meet the standards of science-based training. Look for a trainer with certifications such as:  CPDT-KA, CPDT-KSA, ADPT.

Sign your pup up for an AHS training class today and have the most well-behaved dog on the block!

Don't live in Arizona? CCPDT and ADPT can help find a credible dog trainer near you!

May 27, 2016