Dog training can be a strenuous process (for both dogs and owners!) and working with a professionally certified dog trainer can make the process smoother. There are many factors involved, including your dog’s age and breed, what behaviors you want to target, and how much time you have to dedicate, to name a few.
If you have a breed that’s more difficult to train, working with a professional can be even more advantageous than doing it yourself. It’s important to remember that progress and learning take time!
Find Out What Training Your Dog Needs
There are major differences between basic obedience classes and specialized training programs that target specific behaviors. A professional dog trainer should be able to assess your dog and explain what your pup needs in terms of training. Basic obedience training includes teaching commands like sit, stay, and roll over while more complex training can address a number of behaviors such as excessive barking or car chasing.
At Home and In-Class Training
If you’re more comfortable working with a professional dog trainer at home, then he or she will come to your house. Likewise, if dealing with problematic behaviors that occur in the home, the trainer will likely need to do a house visit to investigate. The trainer should be able to recommend whether at home or in-class training is required. For socialization, for example, your dog will probably need to be around other dogs.
Help You Understand Your Dog
Dogs have personalities, and how they view the world also differs from dog to dog. Their view of the world depends on their breed (Are they a working dog or a breed specifically bred for companionship?), age, and history. A professional dog trainer will be able to explain to you WHY your dog behaves a certain way, what triggers said behavior, and come up with a plan to address it.
Provide Customized Training
There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to dogs. A professional trainer will find out as much as possible about your dog from the information you provide as well as through observation. Afterward, he or she will recommend a plan created specifically for your dog and lifestyle. If your dog is not responding to the training, a professional trainer will amend the training plan as a result.
Beyond Behavioral Problems
Many people come to dog training because their dog has some undesirable habits. But what if your dog is well-behaved but you want to teach it some new skills? For example, biking or swimming with your dog, or walking off-leash are some of the activities that might require training. A professional dog trainer will also be able to help you train your dog specific skills and not only focus on problems.
The Final Word
There are so many benefits to training your dog with a professional trainer. They understand the psychology of your dog and can identify the reasons behind certain behaviors. They can also use that understanding to motivate your dog to learn. Every dog responds to different teaching methods and a professional trainer will be able to really get into the mind of the dog.