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6 Tips to Choose the Right Trainer

6 Tips to Choose the Right Trainer
Published on: January 15, 2018

Training should be a fun experience that provides a great opportunity for you to bond with your dog. It also sets the tone for your companion’s lifelong behavior skills. Here are some tips that will help you select the right trainer for you and your pet.


There is no schooling or certification required to become a trainer. Anyone can put up a web page and call themselves one. Look for a person who has animal behavior studies on a resume. Ask if the individual participates in continuing education through organizations like the Association for Professional Dog Trainers and Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

There are many methods. Ask about how a trainer interacts with dogs and why. Look for those who use positive reinforcement and are rewards based. This method uses treats, toys and play to reward the desired behavior. Avoid any trainer who uses physical force, choke collars, shock collars or leash corrections. The goal is to teach your dog the behavior you want without the pup being fearful.

More Questions to Ask

If you are considering a group class make sure it is a requirement that participants have all vaccinations.

choose the right trainerAsk if you can observe a class before you commit to a trainer. Then ask for a meet and greet.

Watch how your dog and the trainer interact with each other. If your companion seems reserved and not friendly look elsewhere.

Ask about class sizes.

Ask for references. In addition find out if the trainer has liability insurance.

Finally, it is fair to ask about the expected training outcomes. While every dog will not learn everything, what are the instructor’s expectations of your pup and the class?

Check with your locally owned Wag N’ Wash store to see if it partners with a trainer and offers classes at the store. If not team members may have suggestions or recommendations.

Most of all, if your dog has serious behavioral challenges ask your veterinarian to recommend an animal behavior specialist.