With so many people advertising in the field of professional dog training today, trying to decide who’s truly qualified to look after your dog can be overwhelming. What to look for when choosing a professional to help you with dog training:
- A good reputation, ask around and get recommendations from your vet, other dog owners, or local kennel clubs.
- Experience. – Inquire about their background, i.e. number of year’s experience.
- A genuine love of and devotion to dogs.
- Extensive and up to date knowledge. Dedicated trainers keep themselves updated by attending dog training and animal behavior courses, conferences, seminars and workshops.
- Their training methodology and handling skills. The dogs well being should be first concern of a good trainers.
- Memberships with reputable associations, organizations and training clubs.
Tips From General Dog Obedience
Training should be a positive and enjoyable experience for both you and your dog. Never begin the training if you are not in the right mood for it. Always reward your dog for obeying your commands promptly! A reward is anything that your dog wants and is willing to work for. Treats are an obvious reward but other rewards could be verbal praise and toys. Several shorter sessions are usually better than one long one. Training should not involve any negative components or punishment. There should be no shouting, no hitting or smacking, no chain jerking on choke chains or collars, and absolutely no electric shocking! Each training session should be enjoyable and positive with rewards for jobs well done.
Head Collars Training
Pulling on the lead is one of the few unpleasant experiences of bringing up a new puppy or dog. Over the last few years, using a head collar for dog training has become very popular. Training with a head collar does have some advantages over the traditional training collar. It is important that your dog introduced properly to the collar and the head collars are fitted correctly although it’s very simple to use. Head collars are generally more intuitive to use than a traditional training collar. In difficult situation, head collars are very effective to controlling dogs.