Sniffing Out a Good Dog Trainer

Your retriever mix Chaz thinks you’re his personal weight training tool. In fact, when he drags you down the street on his twice-daily walks, you get your own vigorous workout. Since your canine delinquent needs some obedience training, your veterinarian Colorado Springs has referred you to a well-regarded dog trainer. However, you’d like to evaluate the trainer’s operation for yourself. Learn more about finding a good dog trainer.

Clean, Super-Secure Facility

Since Chaz is very strong, and he hates to feel confined, he’ll probably try to escape from the training facility. When you enter the building, you’re pleased that the heavy exterior doors close completely. You’re also happy that the trainer has posted a sign requiring proof of current vaccinations before students can enter.

Inside, look for a well-maintained training room with a clean, uncluttered floor. The trainer should furnish lots of disinfectant and paper towels for students’ potential potty accidents. Of course, pet parents want their own immaculate restroom facilities. The bathroom should be well stocked with toilet tissue, soap, towels, and cleaning supplies.

Human Training Partner

You (or another family member) will be expected to participate in Chaz’ obedience training class. If your unruly pooch regularly hears commands from a single person, the training is more likely to be successful. Hopefully, Chaz’ class will contain six or fewer students. The trainer wants to give each dog personal attention, and she’ll find that difficult if she’s drowning in dogs.

Positive Training Mindset

Professional dog trainers frequently use respectful training aids such as flat collars, head halters, and harnesses. The dogs will probably respond well to treats and doggie toys, too. Beware of a trainer who breaks out negative, and uncomfortable, training aids such as choke collars, prong collars, or electronic collars.

Punishment’s Off Limits

An experienced, confident trainer conveys her commands in a normal tone of voice. Don’t accept a trainer who screams or yanks the dogs’ leashes to grab their attention. If you see her hit, kick, or otherwise abuse a trusting dog, leave immediately.

After watching a class, ask the trainer about her professional credentials. Look for membership in a dog training association that encourages (or requires) continuing education. Once you’re satisfied, sign Chaz up for the next obedience class so he can greet your veterinarian Colorado Springs like a civilized canine. If your dog needs obedience training, ask your vet for assistance in finding a trainer.