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12-30-2012, 09:30 PM
Dogs Name: Kahlua, Doberman and Remy, German Shorthaired Pointer
Dogs Age: Kahula approx 5 years, Remy 1 year
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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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12-31-2012, 10:02 AM
Location: Sacramento, CA
Dogs Name: Flirt Dobe; Gabby Havoc and Envy - Vizslas
Titles: Flirt, OA, NAJ, NF Gabby Ch JH NA OAJ NF NJP - Havoc, GCH, JH OA OAJ , Envy CH, JH, CGC, TDI
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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.
Flirt, ADAMAS All the Girls Do It, OA, NAJ, NF, CL2-F, CL2-H
Gabby, Ch Gold Run's Token of Rumor, JH, NA, OAJ, NF, NJP, CL2,CL3-H, CL3-F Vizsla
Havoc, GCh HRQ Guess Who's In Trouble, JH, OA, OAJ, CL2-H, CL2-S, CL2-F Vizsla
Envy, Ch Kizmar's Bailey HotShot of Adara, Vizsla, JH, CGC, TDI
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12-31-2012, 04:26 PM
Dogs Name: Shanoa; Richter (Glengate's Mountain Fortress CA); RIP Simon
Titles: CGC, Daddy's herzhund; CA
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I start by looking for trainers on this list: Search for Professionals
Richter & Shanoa
“What you do makes a difference,
and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
― Jane Goodall
01-01-2013, 01:09 PM
Dogs Name: Ruki - GSD
Dogs Age: 8 mths
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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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