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  • April Schrader, CPDT-KA

When Choosing a Dog Trainer: Watch Out for These Red Flags

If you're in the market for a dog trainer, it's important to do your research and choose the right professional for your needs. Unfortunately, not all dog trainers are created equal, and some may not have the best intentions when working with you and your furry friend. In this blog post, we'll explore what to avoid when looking for a dog trainer to ensure that you and your dog have the best experience possible.



  1. Avoid trainers who use punishment-based methods: Dog trainers who rely on punishment-based methods such as shock collars, prong collars, and choke chains may cause your dog unnecessary stress and physical harm. Not only are these methods potentially dangerous, but they can also cause your dog to develop behavior issues and trust issues with humans.

  2. Avoid trainers who don't prioritize positive reinforcement: Positive reinforcement is the most effective and humane method for dog training. Trainers who don't prioritize positive reinforcement and instead focus on punishment or dominance may not have your dog's best interests at heart.

  3. Avoid trainers who don't have experience & certifications: Look for a dog trainer who has experience working with dogs and is certified by a reputable organization. A certified trainer will have the knowledge and skills necessary to train your dog effectively and safely.

  4. Avoid trainers who don't tailor their training methods to your dog's specific needs: Every dog is unique, and a one-size-fits-all approach to training may not be effective for your dog. Look for a trainer who will take the time to get to know your dog and tailor their training to meet their specific needs.

  5. Avoid trainers who promise quick fixes or guarantees: Dog training is a process that takes time and patience. Trainers who promise quick fixes or guarantees may not have your dog's best interests at heart and may be more interested in making money than helping your dog.

In conclusion, choosing the right dog trainer is crucial for your dog's well-being and your peace of mind. Avoid trainers who use punishment-based methods, don't prioritize positive reinforcement, lack experience or certifications, don't tailor their methods to your dog's needs, or make unrealistic promises. With the right research and approach, you can find a skilled and compassionate dog trainer who will help your furry friend thrive.

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