Hiring Professional Trainers
What You Need To Know
Has your dog developed habits you do not agree with? Are you a new dog parent who has no idea how to train your new pup? Being a dog parent can be incredibly similar to being a human parent. A lot of well meaning friends might try to give you unsolicited advice and they may all suggest different techniques for raising and training your furry friend. It can be very confusing to new dog owners. Hiring a professional trainer will help clear up a lot of questions and help you find the best techniques for you and your pets.
It is important that you communicate openly with your trainer and make it clear what your expectations are about training sessions. Ask a LOT of questions! Their job is to guide you in your dog’s training so you get the most out of your time with them. The ultimate goal is for you to be confident in your ability to train your dog without the trainer’s assistance.
You also need to be open to change. The trainer might suggest techniques that may seem awkward at first but they are professionals so it is important to listen to them in order for you to not waste your time or money. Stay focused on the end result and remain patient. For some dogs, breaking bad habits can be a lot of work but with the right care and attention they can become the good boy or girl they were always destined to be.
In order to achieve the best results in a timely manner, you need to do your homework. Your trainer or consultant will probably give you homework between each training session so you can be actively working on training your dog without their assistance. It might be helpful to schedule training sessions with your dog daily so your busy schedule does not get in the way. This is also a great way to bond with your dog which will get you the best results in the end. The more you do it, the quicker they will learn!
Again, open communication with your trainer or consultant is key so if something isn’t working for you and your dog, tell them. A decent trainer can adjust the method to better suit you and your dog’s needs. That does not mean you should give up on their methods after a few tries. Consistency is key and it might take your dog a little longer to learn, which is ok! Be patient with your pooch and try to enjoy the process. You and your dog will develop a stronger bond and have a better understanding of each other in the end.