Are you looking for your dog to become a little more obedient? Perhaps you just got a puppy and heard it’s a good way to get started so that they understand commands and grow up listening to you more. Perhaps you got a rescue dog or you have realized your dog could use some more training. These are all great reasons to go about hiring a dog trainer. Keep reading as our experts explain exactly how to find a good dog trainer.
Look online at your options
It’s a good idea to make a list of the options that are in your area. Since you don’t want to be driving and having a large commute for the appointments, look at what is close by. Leave room under each dog training company so that you can write notes about each one and information which will let you make your final decision a little easier. Remember, if you don’t like something about one that is a large negative in your eyes, instead of writing out what it is, you can just cross them off the list so you don’t look up anything else about them and waste your time.
Look for reviews
It’s important to look up reviews about the companies you are interested in working with. Most people will be very honest with their reviews, especially if they had a bad experience with a dog training company. Make sure to truly read the reviews too so you know what people liked and didn’t like about the different companies. If there is a dog trainer that specifically had a lot of great reviews, you can even take a note about that in a positive way.
Ask friends with dogs
Do you have any friends that have dogs and have used a dog trainer before? If you have, you can get a recommendation from them, especially if they were happy with the trainer. If you were unhappy, you know which dog trainer to avoid. As well, they may be able to offer you tips and advice based off of their experience.
Call and make an appointment to look around
The next step is to make an appointment and look around. You can look at some dog trainers in action perhaps. You can see what the facility is like, and you can get a better all-around impression. Make sure that you listen and trust your gut when you are looking around and speaking with the staff.
Find out how interactive it is and what will be required from you
Many dog trainers are different from how interactive the owners are, especially throughout the first couple of appointments. That is why it’s a good idea to find out how interactive they want you to be. If this aligns with what you had in mind, they may be a good fit.
Ask any follow-up questions
By now you probably have some follow up questions, Make sure that you write the questions down and ask the different companies your questions. Now it would be a great time to find out more about any deal they may have going on, the exact cost, what that includes, what they recommend for your specific dog, all of those kinds of things. Having everything down in writing will allow you to take a day to look over it and make a final educated decision based on what you saw, heard, and read.
Make your final decision
It’s time to finally make your decision. Who will you choose? If you have any questions even after everything, make sure that you ask them. This is an investment for you, your family, and your dog, you want to make the best one possible.
As you can see, it’s so important to do some research in order to hire a good dog trainer. Since your pup will be such a huge part of your life, it’s important that you invest in them in a positive way with a dog trainer. So for that, we applaud you for looking into it. For more information on our dog training program, give us a call today. We look forward to hearing from you.