Finding a dog trainer in your area – Part 3

What time is it when your dog starts to chew on all your furniture, jump on your guests and ignore your commands? Very likely it is time to consult with a good dog trainer.

When a dog misbehaves we tend to think that the dog simply lacks good manners. However, there is much more involved than just simply good manners. More often than not, the dog’s behavior is the result of what the owner made out of it.

Dogs are pack animals, in nature, they were used to living in a pack where they were subject to a social structure. Once domesticated, dogs retained their need to be on top or on the bottom of the ladder. Owners therefore should be the “alpha dog” aka the leader, the one that the dog will look for guidance and directions. If the social structure in your relationship with your dog is unclear, the dog may easily take over and make his own rules.

In these unbalanced relationships dogs will misbehave, ignore the owner’s commands and in worse cases assume a dominant role and have a tendency to become aggressive.

This is when time has come to consider a good trainer. Actually, a dog trainer ideally should be contacted even before these behaviors arise.

Finding a good dog trainer is vital, a dog trainer will be the key in solving your dog’s behavior problems and respect you as the leader. A good dog trainer may mean the difference between surrendering your dog into a shelter or keeping him peacefully in your home. This is why when it comes to choosing a good dog trainer you must choose wisely. Here are some good guidelines to follow along your search.

1) Selecting a good dog trainer should take more effort than peeking into the yellow pages and selecting the dog trainer that costs less and/or is closest to your home. Put some extra effort in your search by calling local veterinarian offices, humane societies, kennels or groomers for referrals or by asking friends, other dog owners and neighbors. Keep in mind that no government agency regulates or licenses dog trainers so basically anybody may claim to be a dog trainer.

2)Once you have found a reputable trainer head out to visit the training facility. Ask the trainer how many years he has worked as a trainer and what training methods are used. The trainer should appear knowledgeable and most of all you should be able to acknowledge in him a salutary passion for dogs. The trainer should primarily work for the passion of educating dogs and their owners and profits should be a secondary incentive.

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