We all hope that people choose what they love to do; that is so important when you consider a dog trainer. If at all possible, leave your dog at home when you first visit a dog training session you are contemplating paying or not paying to teach your dog lessons.
1. Go to the class where the dog trainer is working. Nothing like the birds eye view you will get when you are a spectator. You will not only see the trainer in action with the canines, but with the pet owners. If your dog is not at your side, you can fully focus on the interviewing of the dog trainer.
You would not think that was all that important to see the way the trainer deals with all the other pet owners, but it will tell you so much about the demeanor, patience, energy and social aspect of the person you are considering to deal with you and your pet dog. If one visit does not reveal the great convincing feeling you are seeking, go again or until you are satisfied with your choice selection.
2. Talk to the other pet owners. Not that their impression will be weighty, but something that is divulged by other people who have allowed the dog trainer to teach their dog skills, might tip your decision one way or the other.
3. Look, listen and feel. Look how the trainer handles all the dogs. The trainer probably has favorites, but it should not be such a stark observation that you are able to see that favoritism all the time. Listening to the dogs at the lesson can say volumes without a word being spoken. Dogs act, behave and respond to stimuli in a unique way. Let yourself listen to what the dogs are informing you about the trainer. Feel the atmosphere. Do you have a sense of trust with the trainer with your dog being influenced by their actions toward the other dogs.
4. When you have selected your dog trainer, in your mind, bring your dog to the facility for an introduction. Some dog trainers allow a walk around with the other dogs without beginning any specific training lessons. Don’t expect too much from your dog, but just see how your best friend acts in that organized or disorganized situation. Take it seriously even though it might seem like fun and games, the skills the dogs learn need concentration from you.
5. Ask what is going to be accomplished in the sessions by the trainer, you and your dog. There should be a plan in place so you will know the expectations and see the results.