I love my dog, but...

I would love my dog more If...

We have endless stories of families who are very bonded to their dog, but would really enjoy the dog so much more if he could just go on a walk without turning into the Tasmanian Devil.

I love my dog, but it's really hard to have people come over to my house unless he's in the crate.

I love my dog, but I would love my dog even more if he listened to my commands.

 

Sound familiar?

Just for a moment, try to remember back to before you brought your dog home, and think about why you wanted to get a dog in the first place.

A companion for the kids?

A weekend hiking buddy?

An emotional support aid?

A friend to get you out of the house every now and then?

We get it! Don't let your dog's untrained behavior stop you from having the dog that you always wanted. You deserve to be happy with the furry companion you have in your life.

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The Decision Process

The decision to hire a dog trainer might be a difficult one. You may not have done this before, or maybe you've tried training in the past and it didn't work. Not everyone in the family always agrees that training is necessary, and it can be a challenge to get the entire family on the same page. This is why our trainer Alyssa has a special passion for pet and family guidance. Alyssa and Chris will come right to your home to lay out all of your options plainly and clearly. If we feel your dog doesn't need our longest board & train program to be more successful in your home, we will tell you that. If we feel your dog may have deeper underlying issues that you might not be aware of yet, we will tell you that too. Welcoming us into your home for an evaluation is a completely risk-free process and will be extremely helpful in bringing the entire family together to make cohesive training decisions.

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4 Discussion Topics for a Dog Trainer

Many pet parents don't realize this, but unlike veterinary positions, dog training is a completely unregulated industry. This means you, right now, with your current amount of animal behavior & psychology knowledge, can go open up a dog behavior facility and start taking clients immediately (I don't recommend it, of course) and it would be completely legal. This means any "professional dog trainer" could just be an average Joe Schmoe in disguise.

Whew, okay, so how do you protect yourself? We've compiled a list of talking points that you should be discussing with every trainer that you may potentially hire (including us)! 

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4 Topics to Discuss With Your Dog Trainer Before You Hire Them

1. Education

 

A quality trainer will have had a mentor, possibly attended a training academy, has read multiple books, and regularly attends conferences and seminars. Although it's important, in the training world, experience alone is not enough.  Simply owning a dog could be enough for a trainer to say they have XX years of experience in dog training. It's imperative to ensure a trainer has been keeping up to date with the latest science and research in the behavior industry.

-Where did you learn the things you know?

-Which trainer(s) do you strive to model yourself after?

-What books would you recommend that I read?

2. Experience

 

Every trainer starts somewhere, and you should absolutely not disqualify a well-educated trainer just because they have not been doing it professionally for a long period of time. However, if the behavior problems your dog is experiencing are pretty severe, choose a trainer with a combination of education and several years of experience. Since every dog is slightly different, trainers become more and more skilled as they work with more dogs. The only way to develop this skill level is to be active in the profession for a number of years.

-How long have you been training dogs as a full time trainer?

-Have you worked with my breed of dog before?

-Can you detail some of the success you've had with the [insert behavior problem] my dog is experiencing?

3. Training Methods

 

Due to the fact that dog training is still an unregulated industry, there are no laws or legislation about what types of methods are legal or illegal. ​Some methods in dog training are considered quite outdated, and are geared toward getting the fastest result without regard for the animal's mental health. For example, harmfully striking a dog for jumping up on you might get them to stop jumping right away, but at what cost? Now the handler has instilled fear into the dog, and the dog may be afraid of future interactions with the handler, such as grooming. We have no intention to police or monitor the training tools that others are using, but we feel it is important that you, the pet parent, be aware of what might happen to your dog during training.

-What training tools do you utilize in training?

-Are there any tools that you refuse to use on any dog?

-What will happen to my dog when he gets something right?

-What will happen to my dog when he gets something wrong?

-Do you have videos of yourself training a behavior from start to finish that I can watch?

4. Business Practices

Good business practices can mall all the difference in your customer experience with a dog training company. Even if it's your first time hiring a trainer, we want you to have an amazing experience. We want you to experience a company that sets reasonable expectations, is 100% transparent, communicates thoroughly and consistently, has a reasonable dog-to-trainer ratio, and never guarantees results that they cannot (in good faith) predict.

-Can I take a full tour of your property?

-[For board & train facilities] What is the maximum amount of dogs you will take at one time?

-What is the maximum number of dogs one trainer will work with in a day?

-How much time does my dog spend out of a crate/kennel per day?

-Do you guarantee your training?

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