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Old 12-30-2012, 09:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Picking a trainer

I am starting to look at some trainers, I have found two sites that look promising,
Superior Dog Training and Upcoming Classes

I have never used a dog trainer, what questions do you ask and what do you look for?

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Old 12-31-2012, 10:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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They both look promising in what I'd look for. I'd want more info specifically on their methods. I use clicker training and positive reinforcement. I use consequences, not corrections (leash/collar jerks). So decide what methods you are comfortable, make sure those are the methods they employ and go from there. I also won't use a trainer who won't let me reward with food or toys.
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I don't know if my way is correct as I am not great at training dogs, but for my pup I have met with 3 different trainers. His 1st trainer is an amazing older man. He trains German Shepherds regularly, and I really like him, but I don't know that he is really training ME to train Ruki. Ruki has stayed at his house while I was on vacation, and really did well. The second trainer I also liked as a person, but I think she bored the heck out of Ruki. The third trainer I just met with seemed a great match for both Ruki and I. She really seemed to challenge him, and he wasn't bored. At the same time she really broke things down so I understand how to work with him on my own. She is a psychologist, and was really able to help me verbalize what I would like from Ruki, and how to get there. That said - I still plan to work with the 1st trainer because I think Ruki will benefit from having his influence. So Ruki will have 2 trainers as well as starting his class for his CGC this month.

So to make a long story short, I would see what trainer you feel can train both you and your dog. You might have to meet with a few to see which style of training you prefer. But I think it is so important that you leave a session with the trainer feeling like you know what you need to work on, and how to go about doing it.
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