Choosing a dog behaviourist or dog trainer
Finding a professional
As previously mentioned, the industry is unregulated which means there are many trainers and behaviourists our there using unethical methods.
Look for someone who specialises in force-free, reward based (R+) training. Steer well away from anyway that uses any aversive methods such as prong collars, pet corrector sprays, choke chains or slip leads. Although these give quick results - they not only cause your dog pain, but actually increase their fear which can in turn eventually exacerbate the problem. It also can ruin the bond between you & your dog!
Be wary of anyone that mentions dominance, being submissive or using the term 'pack leader' - this is a very old and unproven theory.
Most trainers and behaviourists should be happy to answer any questions you have prior to their consultation and if you are unsure of anything - ask! You know what is best for your dog.
So quick recap;
- Force free/R+ based only
- Check for qualifications
- Ask questions
- No mention of submissive/dominance/pack leader
Remember - you get out what you put in - there are no quick fixes unfortunately!
Taylor's Dogs offer both training and behavioural consultations - and tick all of the above boxes.
Prices can be found on our website or please drop us a line for any more information.
If I do not offer a service you are needing - please message me and I will refer you on to someone appropriate.