How To Choose A Professional Dog Trainer

Written by Adam G. Katz

1.) Versatility— A good dog trainer will use techniques and training styles which are compatible with your dog’s temperament. Every dog is different, and some dogs respond better to certain approaches. What works for a Rottweiler won’t necessarily work for a Poodle.

2.) Experience— I know people who have been driving an automobile for 30 years and still can’t parallel park! And dog training isrepparttar same way! Don’t measure a dog trainer’s skill by his number of years inrepparttar 125720 profession. Instead, judge a trainer by what he has done inrepparttar 125721 ‘Dog World,’ rather than how long he has been doing it.

3.) Cost— When you pay for training, make sure you are paying for results... not for a specified number of hours or sessions. Good dog trainers know that every dog (and owner) is different. Some need more time to learn than others.

4.) Avoid Group Classes— I’ve never seen a dog that is 100% reliable come out of a group class. When professional dog trainers train their own dogs, they never do it in a group setting. It’s always one-on-one. There are just too many distractions for a new dog in a group class.

5.) How Much Should You Expect To Pay For a Good Dog Training Program: Expect to pay between $400 and $1200. A good dog trainer will sometimes have a waiting list of dog owners who want to work with him. Your goal should be to work withrepparttar 125722 best dog trainer you can find, not to haggle overrepparttar 125723 price. And in virtually all cases that we’ve seen,repparttar 125724 dog trainers who are charging bargain basement prices arerepparttar 125725 ones who you probably don’t want to be working with inrepparttar 125726 first place. It’s better to spend your money intelligently on a top-notch dog training program inrepparttar 125727 first place, than to waste your money chasing a bargain, and then have to pay more money for a good dog trainer somewhere downrepparttar 125728 line.

6.) Ask for a Free Consultation: You don’t need to pay a dog trainer to take a look at your dog. This should be done for free. And besides, you don’t want to pay money to meet a dog trainer, and then have to decide whether you want to work with him!

How To Fix Problems With The “Fetch” or “Bring” Command.

Written by Adam G. Katz

Hello Adam: I have a chocolate Labrador Retriever (very active) that is being trained (in OPEN class now) and he seems to be regressing since we are working on retrieving.

He retrieves very well withrepparttar dumbbell, etc., but other dogs inrepparttar 125719 class do not. And they bring toys for their retrieval work.

My problem is that my dog is just "overcome" with these toys and isn't paying close attention to me. He goes after THEIR toy many times instead of HIS dumbbell.

He knowsrepparttar 125720 command "look" or WATCH ME" but serious corrections don't even deter his disobedience on this toy-retrieval. HELP! How should I handle this?

Thank you! Mary

Dear Mary:

These arerepparttar 125721 type of questions that I like. They’re interesting. First, make absolute 100% sure that your dog DOES understandrepparttar 125722 “Bring” or “Fetch” command.

Assuming that he does, here’srepparttar 125723 next step: Recognize thatrepparttar 125724 problem you’re having is one of disrespect. The reason that your dog goes for his neighbor’s toy AFTER you’ve clearly commanded him to BRING his dumbbell is that he CARES LESS about what you want. Asrepparttar 125725 dog goes into ‘play/prey’ drive, his sensitivity to your corrections goes WAY DOWN. In other words, you’re giving him a $2 ticket and he needs a $200 ticket.

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