How to Choose a Trainer

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Dog training enhances communication, behaviour, and safety, fostering a positive relationship and a well-behaved, confident canine companion.

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The benefits of training for pets are far reaching.  Not only does training support your pet in becoming happy and well-adjusted in both your home and in society in general, but training offers your pet the opportunities for mental stimulation, exercise, and even fun!

It’s important to ask questions of a potential new trainer before starting to work with them, to determine the right fit for you and your dog(s).  Remember, trainers should not promise to “fix” your dog or guarantee any behavioural issues will no longer be a concern; training is a lifelong commitment that requires consistency and dedication.  

Important questions to ask a potential trainer

  • What dog training methods do you use?
  • May I attend a class/session to observe?
  • How long have you been training?
  • Do you have references? May I contact them?
  • Where did you receive your training?
  • Have you received any continuing education to keep your skills up-to-date?
  • Do you have experience with my breed of dog?
  • How do you deal with my dogs’ particular issue? (mouthing, jumping, dog aggression, etc.)
  • Will you provide me with methods to continue training on my own?
  • Do you allow for follow-up questions after training sessions are done?

Last modified: October 8, 2023