HOW TO CHOOSE A TRAINER
adapted from the How to Choose a Trainer Handout from the American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior
Choosing a dog trainer can be one of the most important decisions that you make in your dog's life. The techniques that a trainer uses can strongly affect how you interact with your dog for years to come. Therefore, it is very important to choose your trainer wisely. Here are some guidelines for choosing a dog trainer. Remember, training should be a fun experience for both you and your dog:
DR. KAREN OVERALL, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, BELIEVES THAT EVERYONE SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT:
"the use of shock is not treatment for pets with behavioral concerns;
the use of shock is not a way forward;
the use of shock does not bring dogs back from the brink of euthanasia; instead, it may send them there, and;
such adversarial techniques have negative consequences that those promoting these techniques either dismiss or ignore."