Choosing the right trainer for your pet
Some dogs are overly excitable. Others are timid and skittish. Or you may be one of those pet parents whose beloved baby has aggression issues. Whatever the reason may be, you might require the services of a trained professional. So once you have decided to take this step, how do you decide which trainer or behaviourist to go for?
Here are a set of questions that you should ask any trainer before hiring them. After all, it is the well-being of your four-legged baby we are talking about here.
- How and why did you start working with dogs?
- How many years of experience do you have working with dogs?
- Have you studied in depth about dogs and what certifications or credentials do you currently hold?
- Are you registered with a national organisation or do you belong to any professional associations?
- Can you show me a list of your previous clients I can call for references?
- What are your methods of training? What training philosophy do you believe in?
- Do you do any follow-up training?
If the potential trainer says any of the following, you should immediately be wary:
My training methods have a 100% results!
No trainer who knows their stuff will ever tell you this. As we say time and time again, every dog is different and will react differently to different situations. No training method is guaranteed to give you a 100% success rate.
You need to buy equipment or accessories
If a trainer ever tells you that you need to buy correction collars or choke chains or any other special collars, please immediately show them the door. Fear and intimidation methods used by these so called trainers just end up harming your dog.
If the trainer is manipulative or evasive
Not everyone can be a dog-whisperer. Pet parents who might have had dogs for many years still come across situations where they might need to seek help. So if a trainer stresses on the fact that your dog acts the way he does because of your failure at being a good parent, please chuck them out! This is a lengthy learning process and the right trainer will not just teach and encourage you with the right methods, they will also never put you down. A good trainer will focus on building a solid relationship with not just the dog they are training, but their human parents as well. If this same person, when asked specific questions, avoids answering them directly, or changes the topic, you need to be especially wary.
If the trainer asks to leave your dog with them
Many people who claim to be dog trainers promise that they can magically transform your puppy into an obedient, disciplined canine if you agree to let them take your pup away for a certain period of time. The most common time frame given is a month and a half! Please, do not ever send your furry baby with anyone, anywhere! Most people have no idea what brutal techniques are employed by most of these frauds! Any good trainer will either come to your house and conduct all training there or ask you to bring your pet over to them to train for a few hours in the day.
While there is currently no regulated canine training industry in India, there are several great and qualified trainers you can connect with. So be thorough in your search. The right trainer or behaviourist can do wonders for the well-being of your four-legged baby!
Happy pet parenting!