Deciding whether to hire a professional dog trainer is a big decision, and one you may be contemplating as you read this now. Perhaps you’re unsure because your dog is generally well-behaved, or you’re concerned about the expense. Maybe you think that with a little online research, you can train your pooch yourself …
Well, we’re here to tell you that every dog will benefit from working with a professional dog trainer, because it’s about so much more than teaching your pet how to “behave.”
Turns out, dog training is really about learning how to communicate with your loyal companion so you can share the strongest bond possible. When you and your pooch understand each other, it leads to a harmonious household, which benefits everyone!
So the short answer is yes, you should find a professional to help you communicate with your pooch. And if he has any undesirable behaviors, a trainer will help you redirect them the right way.
Making this decision will definitely help improve the lives of your pup and everyone in the family. But that’s just the first step!
You’ll want to find an expert who’s qualified, experienced, and has the proper certifications. You’ll want to avoid common training mistakes that even pet parents with the best intentions make. And you’ll want to learn a few general tips, plus a bit about dog body language, to give you a foundation as you begin your training sessions.
I know, there’s a LOT to go over, but luckily, you can find it all right here in our Ultimate Guide to Dog Training!
We asked 169 professional dog trainers from around the world to share their best tips, tricks, and advice, and compiled it all in this seven-article series.
See a brief synopsis of each of the articles below:
Not sure whether your pooch will benefit from professional training? The short answer is yes … and here’s why.
Even the most well-intentioned pet parents make these common mistakes. (Hint: Learning how to train your dog from the internet is NOT recommended by experts!)
These handy tips will enhance the dog training experience for both you and your dog!
One of the most important things you can learn as a pet parent is what your dog is “saying” to you. Knowing the basics of canine body language will help you tremendously in your dog training journey.
These common dog behaviors are some of the most difficult to redirect. Here’s how professional trainers address them.
There’s more to it than Googling “dog trainers near me” (although that’s a great place to start)! Here’s how to find a qualified professional that also works well with your family.
Having an anxious or disobedient dog is stressful, but a happy, well-behaved dog contributes to a harmonious household. Dog training is an investment, but think of how much money you’ll save by avoiding destroyed furniture, chewed shoes, and unexpected vet bills!
There are a lot of big decisions to make as a pet parent, and I know it can be overwhelming. Since there’s no one-size-fits-all answer for everyone, we’ve compiled expert advice into guides like this one to help you make the best choices on behalf of your most loyal friend.
And speaking of tough decisions, many pup parents wonder about the best food to feed their companions. Have you ever wondered the same thing? Be sure to check out our Ultimate Pet Nutrition Guide to help you learn how to nourish your pal!
Disclaimer: This guide is intended to provide you with the information you need to make better decisions about dog training. The views and opinions in this guide are an attempt to provide general information about dog training, but all animals and dog trainers are unique. Therefore, the training will be different for each animal, and please keep in mind that opinions differ amongst trainers.
We have made every effort to be truthful, fair, and accurate when we wrote this guide. HomeoAnimal has used all reasonable care in compiling the information from the interviewed dog trainers, but make no guarantee as to its accuracy. For the best advice, we recommend contacting a local dog trainer to help assist you in making your training decisions.
*The answers from the contributing professionals may not be approved by all trainers and may not be applicable in all situations.