As dog trainers ourselves, it is easy for us to figure out what to look for when finding a good dog trainer. We will tell you the secrets in finding the best dog trainer for you and your puppy. Since here are a huge number of dog trainers out there it is hard to tell which one is right for your puppy, we will do our best to help you figure out what to look for and what to stay away from.
First be aware that there technically isn’t a certification required to be a trainer. Anyone with a sense of entrepreneurship and money to put an ad in the paper can become a “dog trainer”. So we recommend asking for references, as it helps to know somebody that had a good experience with this trainer. Ask about his or her qualifications, what type of training they focus on (obedience training, house training, etc.), their knowledge of dog health, and knowledge of breed characteristics. It is important for your trainer to know about your breed as no two breeds are alike. You would not want to take your German Shepherd puppy to someone that has only trained say a Pomeranian before. Just as you wouldn’t want to go see a foot doctor for a heart problem.
Remember the saying that you get what you pay for doesn’t always apply. We are not saying that the dog trainer with the highest price isn’t the best, we just want you to be aware that there are a lot of dog trainers out there that have lower rates and that are extremely qualified to train your German Shepherd puppy.
Lastly trust your own instincts, if you are not comfortable with the dog trainer there is a good chance your dog won’t be either.