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> Choosing A Training Class/problem Behaviour
post 16th Sep 2002, 8:23 pm
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Before enrolling your dog in a training class, its worthwhile going to watch beforehand to make sure you are happy with it all.

1) Are the trainers using kind methods? Methods such as smacking, hanging on the lead etc aren't acceptable-there are much kinder, yet still as effective methods.

2) Do the dogs look happy? Some classes are very large, the first class I went to had 20 dogs at anyone time. Needless to say the dogs seemed to learn very little and the trainer was unable to help one to one if needed. The dogs (and owners) seemed stressed, and this affected their learning.

There are some Associations now where trainers have to be at a certain level of training before being accepted as a member. By being a member, they need to abide by a certain code of conduct which gives you something to go by if you aren't happy with the way your dog is being treated. That said, there are some excellent trainers who do not belong to any Associations, though if you come across a bad one, you have no-one to report this too. If you are having difficulty finding a dog trainer, ask vets; pet shops; and other dog owners.

The field of pet behaviour is similar in that there are a few Associations though many behaviourists operate on vet referral only (to ensure the dog is clear of any health problems that is causing the behaviour change). Therefore vets are often a good place to start when wanting to find a reputable behaviourist.

Association of Pet Dog Trainers has a list by county of trainers and details of types of classes, whether they do homevisits etc.

UK Registry of Canine Behaviourists

Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors
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