Anyone can say they are a dog trainer as this profession does not require a license. Here are some tips when looking for a dog trainer that fits you and your dog’s needs;

  • Are they a positive reinforcement dog trainer or are they still using balanced (a mix of both positive reinforcement and traditional training) or traditional training techniques?
  • Make sure to look for their credentials; CCPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, KPA CTP, IAABC
  • Look for a trainer who is consistently learning new skills and acquiring continued education to stay updated on the most current information.
  • Look for a trainer who stays in their own lane – If your goal is for basic obedience training contact a positive reinforcement dog trainer. If your dog is experiencing behavioral issues such as fear, anxiety and/ or aggression we recommend contacting a behavior consultant or animal behaviorist. If your goal is for your dog to become a service dog, we recommend contacting a service dog trainer.
  • Last but not least, look for a trainer who is kind and compassionate. Training is easy but not simple! It is also important that you are doing the homework in-between sessions to make progress.

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