Training - Employing a Professional Trainer

Professional Trainers come in all shapes and size and usually with a great marketing campaign to back them up. Here are some thoughts to help you narrow down the search for your spaniel trainer.

  1. Versatility: A good dog trainer will use techniques and training styles which are compatible with your dogs temperament. Every dog is different, and some dogs respond better to certain approaches.
  2. Experience: I know people who have been driving an automobile for 30 years and still cant parallel park! And dog training is the same way! Don't measure a dog trainers skill by his number of years in the profession. Instead, judge a trainer by what he has done in the Dog World, rather than how long he has been doing it. Also how successful have they been training handlers?? How sucessful have those people been. Remember your dog is not the only one being trained here if the person can work with dogs but not people then it's not something you should invest in.
  3. Cost: When you pay for training, make sure you are paying for results... not for a specified number of hours or sessions. Good dog trainers know that every dog (and owner) is different. Some need more time to learn than others.
  4. How Much Should You Expect To Pay For a Good Dog Training Program: Expect to pay between $400 and $1200 per month. A good dog trainer will sometimes have a waiting list of dog owners who want to work with him. Your goal should be to work with the best dog trainer you can find, not to haggle over the price. And in virtually all cases that we've seen, the dog trainers who are charging bargain basement prices are the ones who you probably dont want to be working with in the first place. It's better to spend your money intelligently on a top-notch dog training program in the first place, than to waste your money chasing a bargain, and then have to pay more money for a good dog trainer somewhere down the line.
  5. Ask for a Free Consultation: You don't need to pay a dog trainer to take a look at your dog. This should be done for free. And besides, you don't want to pay money to meet a dog trainer, and then have to decide whether you want to work with him!
  6. Should You Send Your Dog Away To Be Trained? No. For example, a skilled dog trainer, can train your dog, and get him responding in a very impressive manner, in about two days. Your dog, when when the trainer gives your dog back to you is going to say, "I've never had to do anything you say before! Why should I start now?" It's just like driving. You can build you a fantastic sports car, but if you dont learn how to drive it, it wont get you from point A to point B. You must find a dog trainer who will teach YOU how to train YOUR DOG! Again the dog is not the only one being trained. But if you do send your dog away to be trained, you need to put the effort in to visit your buddy while he's getting trained so you get some training too.