Should You Hire A Dog Trainer
7 November, 2011

You just brought your new puppy into your home and he needs a lot of attention and, of course, training.  The first question that usually arises with a new dog owner is whether he or she should hire a dog trainer or try to train the dog him or herself.

There are a number of reasons why many people think that hiring a dog trainer for puppy training is more effective than self training. It could be that you don’t have the extra time necessary for puppy training or you don’t know where to start.

However, what many new owners don’t understand is that dog or puppy training is not just about getting your dog to obey a few commands. It is about establishing a good relationship with your dog and understanding your dog better so that you can tell him or her in a way that he or she would understand and listen.

Therefore, you will not be able to establish a good relationship with your dog until you spend time with your dog.  This will enable you to understand the specific needs of your dog and whether or not you think dog training is for you.

You can train me, Mom!

If you decide to go see a dog trainer, you really are trying to develop a good dog training system.  A good system will help you with puppy potty training, out of control barking, fetching, walking the puppy on a leash and other training methods.

Remember that dogs are very boundary-conscious pets. When you send your pet to a trainer, your dog can sometimes get confused with regard to its own boundaries as well as the owners’. A good dog trainer will first identify you as the owner so that your dog does not get confused when you send it to a new trainer in a new place.

Sometimes sending your dog to a trainer will result in inconsistency. You and your dog trainer will not relate to the dog in the same way.  That is why it is important for you to make sure that if you do go the training route, you and your trainer have the same approach to your pet.  Make sure the trainer knows what your expectations are out of the dog training.

In conclusion, you don’t need to be an experienced dog trainer to deal with your dog effectively. All your pet requires is care and patience.  If you feel as if you have control of your dog, you might simply need to purchase the right dog training manual to effectively train your puppy.

If you decide to train your puppy on your own, take a look at my article titled Basic Dog Commands to help you get on the right track.

Good luck!

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