A well trained dog is trustworthy, dependable and is truly man's best friend. How does a dog become well trained? Experienced dog owners know many of the ins and outs of dog training; after all, they may have trained many dogs over a lifetime. Does experience always make you the best dog trainer, or should you look for a professional dog trainer? Consider a few of the reasons why even experienced dog owners should hire a professional dog trainer.
Dog owners are busy people. Scheduling time with a dog trainer forces you to commit time to the training of your dog. While you will still need to work with your dog outside of training sessions, these scheduled sessions reinforce training skills and goals. Training sessions and groups also offer support systems and social opportunities for like minded dog owners.
Dog trainers have tried-and-true training tips and tricks. If you have unsuccessfully tried everything that you know to break a few of your dog's destructive habits, it may be time for a professional dog training session. Experienced, qualified, dog trainers have seen a range of dogs, breeds, behaviors, and quirks. A professional trainer may have a few training tricks up his sleeve that you have not considered.
Sometimes dog owners require training. While I hate to admit it, most of my dog's inappropriate behavior is probably my fault. Other dog owners may hold blame as well for pet behavior issues. A professional trainer sets both you, and your dog, on the right training plan.
Dog trainers view you and your dog objectively. Dogs are members of our families. We love them as children and often view them through love-jaded mirrors. Sometimes it takes an outsider to point out small behavioral problems early on so that we avoid enormous issues later. A 10 pound puppy sleeping in your bed is cute and cuddly now. What happens when he is a 60 pound adult dog? A professional dog trainer views the situation and the issues from a long-term perspective.
Working with a dog trainer encourages owner accountability. Tempted to bend a few rules or let the dog get away with something? It is tough to be on top of everything all day long, especially when other life duties call. You may find that regularly scheduled dog training sessions help you remain accountable for your dog's training outside of the trainer's eye. Your trainer evaluates both you and your dog. You are also paying him to help you mold a well-trained dog.