Training your dog is essential, but getting the right pet trainer makes all the difference. So, you decided that you need professional help with your dog training. Maybe you have the basics but you want to hone those skills and take it to another level. But so many to choose from. How do you find the right one?
Obviously, not all trainers are the same and anyone can call themselves as a trainer. It's not a well regulated industry yet, so, what should you look out for?
First, be sure of your goal. What services do you need, is there an issue you want to address specifically. Are you looking for a group class or a private class? Consider the type of training approach you want. Knowing your specific goals and needs will help you to identify and click with the right person for the job.
Ask loads of questions. Find out about their education, or training, how long they have been at it, do they have past clients you can connect with. Ask them about their style, philosophy, and preference. What tools do they rely on for training? Ask about the training environment and if your schedule permits, request to observe a session.
Never underestimate a referral. Obviously, fellow pet parents are a wealth of knowledge and can be so helpful in steering you to the right pet trainer for your dog. If you are not shy, and you see a well-trained dog while strolling or in your neighborhood start a conversation ( most dog parents love to brag ) find out who they went to.
Training a pet is one of the best investment you can make so take the time to find the right trainer that fits you, your pet and your goals. It is so worth it!!
Kim is a pet and people photographer who likes to think of herself as someone who can give you the opportunity to time travel through portraits. The blogs are of sessions, tips, tricks, and behind the scene video's to get to know more about what she does and how.