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Training Tips!- Can't afford a trainer? Need suggestions?

 

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This page was created solely for the purpose of providing the general public with tips on training and working with their dog(s) in an efficient manner!

While we do not intend to discourage the use of professional dog trainers and/or dog behaviorists when needed (we very much encourage it!), we do understand that there are usually two important factors that come into play when it comes to dog training; the first being that some trainers present themselves to be somebody that they are not, and the second being the fact that training can become very expensive, leaving most individuals/families unable to get their dog the help he/she may need.

Unfortunately, these days many people simply can not afford certain things for their pets. Along with the two top reasons people dump their dog at the shelter (losing their home/moving, and potentially high vet bills), dogs are also being dumped and losing their families due to behavioral issues that are actually easy to correct; however many everyday dog owners do not have the proper knowledge/insight to correctly assist their dog with his/her issues. Sadly, due to the economy, hiring a trainer and/or behaviorist is completely out of the question for a lot people. We are hoping the information provided here will help. So instead of re-homing your dog or taking him to the shelter, check out these easy training tips first!

Here are the training and behavioral topics we have listed so far:

Chewing

Crate Training

House Training

Proper Dog-to-Dog Introductions

Bringing a New Dog Into a Home w/ an Existing Dog

Leash Pulling

Jumping

Simple Tips on Being a "Pack Leader"

Meeting (Human) Strangers

Being Protective of Your House When Around Strangers

Tips on Helping PREVENT Behavioral Issues!

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Due to the fact that this is a new page on our rescue's website, we are still continously adding more and more of our personally created/recommended tips for your benefit! In the meantime, for more tips on dog training/behavior related issues, feel free to check out Adopt-A-Pet's "Doggie Tips Blog"!:

http://blog.adoptapet.com/category/doggie-tips/

http://blog.adoptapet.com/category/pet-resource-center/dog-pet-resource-center/dog-behavior-and-training/

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            LOOKING FOR A DOG TRAINER OR DOG BEHAVIORIST?

If you are in search of a professional dog trainer and/or dog behaviorist, here are a couple of suggestions to help make your search and screening process easier!:

#1- Ask as many questions as you can possibly think of!

       *What is their training philosophy?

       * How long have they been actively training?

       *How many dogs/clients are they currently working with?

       *What is their educational background?-- What are their qualifications?

       *What type(s) of collars do they use to train (regular flat/nylon collar, choke chain, prong collar, etc.)?

       *How do they enforce their training?-- Do they use treats heavily?

Remember: A trainer should be able to figure out and understand what motivates YOUR dog in particular. A trainer who states they always use treats during training may not be the best option, as different dogs are motivated by different things, and if a trainer is not willing to explore to find out what motivates YOUR dog, that particular trainer may not be willing to be completely invested in your dog and his/her individual needs. While using some treats may be okay, training in general should not be based solely around food. Your dog should learn to obey his/her handler regardless of if they have a yummy snack in their hand or not.

#2- Ask for references!

       *Can you have references of clients who they have worked with in the past, who they have worked with recently, and who they work with currently?

       *Can you sit in and watch one of their lessons?

       *Can you have references of rescue organizations and/or animal shelters they have worked with?

       *Look online and see their online reviews!

#3- If the trainer has a facility, visit the facility! (This is EXTREMELY important, especially if you plan to put your dog in an in-kennel training program!)

       *Ask to meet with all of the trainer's who would be handling/working with your dog (including the head trainer).

       *Is the facility clean and quite?

       *Do the dogs appear happy, healthy, in good weight, and well exercised?

       *If you are putting your dog through in-kennel training, ask what the daily schedule for your dog will be.-- How often/long will your dog be trained per day? Where will your dog be when he/she is not being trained?

Remember: Choosing a trainer to trust with your dog and his/her well-being (both physical AND mental) must be taken very seriously. In other words, you would not trust just anybody to work with your human children..... why let just anybody work with your K9 children?

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Again, while we are by no means trying to discourage anybody from using a professional dog trainer and/or dog behaviorist, the suggestions listed on this page (and its' links) are solely here to help dogs and their owners who may not otherwise be able to afford the assistance of a professional to receive the assistance they need.

By looking online and working with some of them ourselves, we have seen that some trainers will charge you a fee for a "phone consultation" (i.e. $50), some will charge for a "face to face" consultation (i.e. $90-$150 PER hour), some will charge extra for mileage, and then you still have the actual private in-home lessons (i.e. $85-$200 PER hour), and the option of a typical 3 week long in-kennel training program (i.e. $1,300-$2,100). Also note that many trainers do not have simple courtesy suggestions, such as these, listed on their websites. The only reason we can think of for this is due to the fact that if the owner of the dog then performs the techniques properly on their own, the trainer's clientele will not be as large.

                                                                       PLEASE NOTE:                                                                                   We are not professional dog trainers and/or dog behaviorists. While we stand behind and use these methods, please use them at your own risk and understand that these methods are of our opinions and are merely suggestions to assist you in finding harmony with your K9 companions.