Wednesday, January 4

New Year's Resolutions

Happy 2012!  Now that the new year has started, I have heard a lot of friends, family and clients talk about their resolutions.  I also have a few of my own.  This is the time of year we make promises to ourselves and to our pets to change something.  Sometimes we are asking our pets to promise us to change a behavior.  But no one can keep their promises without the proper structure or plan put in place.

Many clients and friends have contacted me about this being the year they rid their dog of that annoying habit or teach him not to chew on their shoes.  Good resolutions by the way!  But it will never be achieved without a plan to teach your dog right from wrong.  The best way to do this is to start a training program.

I know it is a daunting task to find the right trainer, but these simple tips should help make it a little easier.

First, find a trainer that trains in the style you are comfortable with.  For instance, if you want a reward based trainer, make sure not to go to a compulsion trainer as the style will seem much too harsh.

Second, be sure the price is clearly laid out.  No matter if it is a class package deal, hourly rate for privates or pricing per class.

Third, look for someone that is going to put you and your dog's safety and relationship first.  It is not always about just getting to the finish line, it is about getting there with a product you are proud of.  In the case of training, the product is the relationship between you and your dog.

Fourth and final tip, make sure your personalities jive.  It is not about if the person is nice or not, but if you can work with them.  Training can be intense and stressful, you want to go through that journey with someone that you trust to give you critical feedback and walk you through stressful moments.

I hope these tips help you find the perfect trainer for you and your dog. 

For a quick and fun list of pet New Year's Resolutions from, bark on the link:  Bark!

If you are on the market for a trainer, give me a bark