How To Choose A Good Dog Trainer?
How To Choose A Good Dog Trainer? Most dog owners know that it’s a lot easier to train dogs when they are younger, but they’re not really sure how to go about it and what they should look for when seeking out a trainer. Today, we’re going to talk about how (and when) you should go about getting your puppy professionally trained.
Ensure health first
Before seeking out any kind of training or classes, always make sure that your pup is up to date on his or her vaccinations and doesn’t have any other concerning health issues. The last thing you want to do is expose your dog — or other dogs — to potential illness or injury.
Start at the right time
While “the younger, the better” is largely true, there are still optimal times for seeking out training for your pup. For example, while regular training classes typically shouldn’t be started until your puppy is at least 6 months old, there are specific “puppy training” classes available for very young dogs. Your pup should enroll in this type of class from 8 to 16 weeks of age.
Ask about certifications
While there are certainly plenty of great dog trainers out there who positively change the lives of their canine charges and their Pack Leaders without possessing any kind of formal certification, it’s still worth asking trainers if they have been certified.
There are all kinds of programs out there that will provide people with a “certification” paper simply for completing a paid class, so try to find a trainer who has met the requirements of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP), Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT), or the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).
If a trainer has a certification from one of these programs, you know that their abilities have been individually measured and that they have completed a significant number of training hours.