Find a Dog Trainer
Protect yourself. Protect your dog.
Dog Training = Come. Sit. Stay. Heal.
This has been the foundation of dog training since the early 1900’s when one of the first ever Dog Training manuals was published. Thankfully many things have changed in the past 100 years. We have cars, planes and computers. Heck, in just the past few decades computers have changed from massive, immobile objects to pocket sized parts of everyday life. Dog training has changed a lot, too. We’re moving away from training our subordinates to teaching our companions. The best trainers help us to learn that training is no longer something we do to our dog, but rather something we do with our dog.
Dog training has become big business and sadly can be a big problem for our dogs. Dog training is an unregulated industry with no minimum education requirement, no licensing, and no standard of care. Anyone can build a website, take on clients, and call themselves a dog trainer.
Lots of people think they’re dog trainers because they’ve owned a dog. I own a car but am no mechanic. I have my own teeth but still need a dentist. Professionals are still a valuable and necessary part of our predominantly DIY society. Especially when it comes to dogs! Picking out a dog trainer should be a big deal. You’re asking someone to help you build the foundation of your dog’s quality of life.
To protect yourself and your dog make sure to ask questions. Be an advocate for your dog. Ask questions regarding the trainer’s education and if they’re accredited by any organization such as the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) or a member of any other organizations. If they are, do your research on that organization. Ask the trainer what will happen if your dog does something you like, and what happens when your dog does unwanted behaviors. Trainers don’t have to tell you how they’ll be training and what side effects their methods might have. It’s on you to ask.
Take your time, shop around, and if you’re at all uncomfortable or confused about what will happen to your dog, find a new trainer.
This video explains the transparency problem in dog training and provides helpful tips on how to best choose a dog trainer.
If your dog has fear, aggression or separation anxiety related issues, we recommend Wag the Dog and Company. Your location is not an obstacle ~ they can offer assistance WHEREVER you live!
If you need low cost training options, please read this article for advice, courses, and programs to get the help you need.