Choosing a dog trainer

There are a variety of training methods, techniques and theories available train obedience commands, household manners and implement behavior modification protocols.

As a dog trainer, I frequently utilize a massage therapist and chiropractor. Many practices have multiple professionals on staff so you may see a different person on occasion. I like the choice since sometimes they will use a different method or technique to assist you that hasn’t been done before and it feels amazing.

When I met with a new chiropractor at the same practice awhile back, I felt like I was cheating on my previous one. However, the receptionist was awesome. She said that every professional has a different touch, and you may respond better to one than another.  It has nothing to do with personality-you need to stick with the person that is doing the best job for your body.

The same thing is true for dog training. I often refer clients to local competitors for areas of training that I don’t have expertise in (conformation, competition obedience, service dog work, hunting, etc).  Every trainer has their niche and the areas of training that they enjoy.

However, even if two trainers teach the same skill set, I would recommend taking classes from BOTH of them. You will learn new things with each person and oftentimes the way someone else says something, may resonate better with you. Sometimes they may have a better analogy or a way to explain something that is a light bulb moment for you.

I think many clients feel like they are “cheating” on their original trainer if they take a class with someone else. I think the exact opposite. You will learn from everyone you take a class with (as long as you put in the work and practice).

Just like you might have a variety of vets to assist with your pet’s health needs, you may have a variety of trainers for various goals or sporting events you want to participate in.

Many times, as a professional trainer, if I have a question or need advice for a client, I will reach out to my network of experts and colleagues for some collaboration so we can provide the best answers and services for you.

No matter who you train with, the ultimate goal is to advocate for your dog. Don’t be afraid to use a variety of training aids and be open minded if they tell you things you NEED to hear but may not WANT To hear.

BUT your primary  job is to put your dog’s safety and health as the top priority.