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How to pick a trainer

Hello everyone,

I'm a resident of Houston Texas and I am trying to choose a trainer. This is my first time owning a doberman and I'm finding that it's important to have a GOOD trainer working with your doberman especially when it comes to obedience. I am working with her, but I don't have the skill set needed to get her to the level that I want my pup to be at. She is 11 weeks old and I'm thinking that I want some professional help so I have a well behaved doberman. I was wondering if anyone has a set of criteria that they go by when selecting a trainer? I mean with her food I did a lot of research and figured out all the pros and cons positive and negatives, but I have NO idea where to start when selecting a trainer. I've had a few suggestions but no one has told me "why" they suggested this or that person. I'm very interested to hear about any specific things I need to look for in a trainer. Any help with this is MUCH appreciated.
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A good trainer will teach YOU how to train your dog.

What part of town are you in? There are a few of us in the area that could recommend some places to train.

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IMO it's really important to be comfortable with your trainer of choice. Go watch a training class, research their training methods, or try a 'trial class'. If you don't click with the trainer, he/she probably isn't a good choice.

I also wouldn't be taking my doberman to a trainer who only worked with small dogs or other 'not similar' breeds. That's just a personal thing of mine though. I went to a woman who competed with little dogs in rally and obedience fairly successfully but she had no experience in dealing with 'large breed' dog types. None of the advice really helped because her dogs were completely different and she had never owned anything other than her breed of choice. I think this breed needs a bit different handling than a household papillion etc.

Peer recommendations are also important. I had 5 different people suggest my current trainer before I finely made the trip out there. Boy did that change my life!

You'll see many "horror stories" on here where people basically just didn't click with their trainers. This is very important to your overall success.
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I live in the Heights in Houston TX. However, I don't mind driving up to 40 miles for a good trainer. I just want it to be done RIGHT. I love my Duchess and I figure if we get started on the right foot if something were to ever happen to me God forbid if she is trained then if my family couldn't keep her then it would be easier to re-home her knowing she is trained. I am basically trying to give her every advantage I can in life...LOL I know she's not a child but still, I want her to be safe and happy.
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I live in the Heights in Houston TX. However, I don't mind driving up to 40 miles for a good trainer. I just want it to be done RIGHT. I love my Duchess and I figure if we get started on the right foot if something were to ever happen to me God forbid if she is trained then if my family couldn't keep her then it would be easier to re-home her knowing she is trained. I am basically trying to give her every advantage I can in life...LOL I know she's not a child but still, I want her to be safe and happy.
We train at HOT which is in the Spring Branch area.
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I also know people who train at Dogwood and like it.

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We train at HOT which is in the Spring Branch area.
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Sigh. If they weren't a two hour one-way drive from me, that's who'd I'd like to train with. I've heard good things about them from several people.


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Be inspired!!!!! When you go to a Club or a Trainer be inspired to be like that person. Of course you have to make sure your dog is getting what is right for him or her but you need to feel good about your overall experience. Now you need to ask yourself what are your goals and your dog and what are you and your dog capable of. Some people will travel many miles further to be inspired and be with people with like goals.

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Sigh. If they weren't a two hour one-way drive from me, that's who'd I'd like to train with. I've heard good things about them from several people.
I really enjoy this facility. Most of the trainers are competition focused so their attention to detail is very helpful. Also, the fact that they have so much combined experience means they can offer up a variety of solutions that most just don't think of. I think what I love the most is that each trainer genuinely cares that you and your dogs progress and reach your goals.

It's too bad its such a long drive for you. Time to move girl!

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