Dog training is definitely not rocket science and is easier than you would expect particularly if you can get help from a good dog training book or guide. It’s also certainly possible for almost any dog owner to train their dogs themselves provided they put in an adequate amount of effort.
Nevertheless, you might still want to get additional help from a professional trainer, especially if you got a tough nut to crack in your hand. Before you engage a trainer, it’s always best that you do some research first as there are many trainers with different teaching styles, and not every style suit every dog or owner.
Here’s a guide for you to find a reliable trainer:
It wouldn’t hurt you to open your mouth to ask someone for advice or recommendation.
– Ask your friends, even strangers you meet in the park for the contacts of their trainer if you notice that he owns a particular well-train dog. Even if they don’t engage a trainer, you could still possibly pick up some valuable training tips. You’ve got nothing to lose and I’ll bet the owner would also most probably be flattered.
– Ask your veterinarian for recommendations. He deals with dogs every day and must have seen the best and worse dog. He should have contacts for some good trainers in your area.
– Ask the local Humane Society, dog breeder, or even your pet supplies shop owner. They are also a good source of information and might just be able to direct you to a trainer who is particularly suited to training your dog breed.
– You can also check out The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Trainer Directory:
The directory has a search engine that allows you to search trainers by specific geographical location and also list out if trainers are Certified Pet Dog Trainers (CPDT) to help you make your decision.