How to determine whether a dog trainer or behaviorist can help you.
If your dog is displaying any type of a nervous aggression, barking, growling, snapping or lunging at people or other dogs. You must test the dog trainer or behaviorist you are considering hiring, to find out if they are any good at what they claim to be good at. Or they are just another ineffective dog trainer.
This simple test will determine if the trainer is very good, good or useless.
If the person you hire while they are working with your dog, cannot get your dog to stop the unwanted behavior. How can they possibly teach you to do it, if they can’t do it themselves.
The Dog Trainer/Behaviorist Test.
On the very first session, with the trainer working or handling your dog. You should be absolutely amazed how your dog reacts with the trainer / behaviorist. The trainer must be able to get your dog to pay attention to him or her, in that first session. If your dog “acts aggressive” with people, then people must be added into the equation. If the problem is with dogs, you must do the same.
The first session is a test of the trainers abilities, you do not attempt to socialize your dog with either people or dogs at this time. That will come later.
Analyzing the results of the trainer test
Very Good – Within that first session your dog is listening and only occasionally will the trainer have to refocus your dogs attention back onto them.
- Good – The trainer may not accomplish getting your dog to totally listen to them in the first session. But they where able to get your dog to listen fifty percent of the time.
- Useless – Your dog acts no better with them as the dog does with you.
There are plenty of good trainers out there that can help you. Unfortunately there are many more that are not as good as they should be. You must be diligent in your search.
And do not be impressed by any dog trainers or behaviorists credentials (certified dog trainer, PhD behaviorist, DVM behaviorist). If they have credentials and they pass the test, excellent. If they have credentials and fail the test, what good are they . Do not believe any seemingly logical explanation they make for not handling your dog, or getting your dog to listen to them. People that are ineffective at their job, regardless of how nice a person they are often have excuses or reasons why something didn’t work. The proof is always, in the pudding.
Do not be embarrassed to test them, you must find out if they can help you or not.. Your dogs life may be hanging in the balance here, so test them.
The Spirit Dog
“It should be a very simple matter for any dog professional that knows the canine mind, to get your dog to listen and behave with them. Before they start teaching you how to do it.”
Spirit Animal Sanctuary – 2539 Eat Road – Boonville, New York 13309
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