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How To Choose The Right Dog Trainer For You

Many people we speak with are not aware that Dog Training is an unregulated industry. This means that anyone can hang out a shingle and charge for services as a dog trainer. Assuming you don’t want just “anyone” providing training for your dog, here are some tips for choosing the right dog trainer for you.

Many dog trainers do not possess any formal training. Many people become dog trainers after experience with training their dog for the show ring or sport. What we’ve found is that this often does not translate well to training a dog to be a great family member. This blog at 4 Paws University provides a great explanation of why the dog trainer you choose matters a great deal.


Top Tips for Socializing Your New Puppy

Puppies between the age of 3 weeks to 16 weeks are in their Socialization Stage. During this Stage, it’s critical that you introduce your puppy to a variety of people, animals, sounds and places to ensure proper socialization.

Here are some tips to get you started:

1. Always pair things your puppy considers positive with new experiences:

  • People – Include children, men, women, people of different ethnicities and people wearing and carrying stuff
  • Animals – Dogs and Puppies – introduce and provide play opportunities after you have ensured potential playmates are friendly and display good play skills
  • Puppy classes and puppy socials are controlled environments offering appropriate play opportunities in a sanitary environment
  • Dog Parks can be overwhelming to a young puppy – wait until your puppy is fully vaccinated and well socialized before frequenting your local dog park.
  • Whenever your puppy sees another animal, pair with good things according to your puppy
  • Visit parks and places where you can sit and watch the various people and animals at a comfortable distance for you puppy – don’t forget to pair yums, toys and play with new experiences


What Is A Social Dog?

First and foremost, it is the dog most people want!

A social dog is a dog who:

  • Is able to go out and about with family
  • Has a better life and a stronger bond with family.
  • Is tired from activities with family, which lends itself to a better-behaved dog at home.

Socialization as a puppy is essential to raising a dog that can be a social dog.

Animals are pre-programmed to fear the unknown. We have a window during the socialization period where puppies rebound more rapidly to new things as long as they are paired with good things.

Forget The Whispering – For Dogs, Good Behavior Is Like Learning To Shoot Hoops

The world of dog training is littered with myth, mystique and machismo. The moment you hit the web or the bookshelf in search of some sound advice, you find the pep talks about poor leadership, dogs determined to dominate and the need for owners to man (or woman) up and show they’re top of the pile and head of the pack. But getting the dogs we love to behave in the way we’d like is not about stamping out their resistance to our will. In fact, for your dog, it’s more like what it takes to become an ace at shooting hoops or master the piano. Effective progress and lasting success takes practice and skilled coaching. Why should that be any surprise?


Make Way For The New Breed Of Dog Trainer

When you put your much loved dog in the hands of a trainer at a day train or ‘boot camp’ do you actually know what you’re going to get? At the very least, you expect competence, kindness and care. But in an unregulated industry, trainers can be hazy about the methods they use and even hazier about the evidence on which they’re based. But all that is about to change. A new breed of trainers is coming onto the scene. They’re professional, highly qualified and committed to exceptional service. At DogSense, we’re proud to be one of the first of this new breed and we’re bringing owners into our world via webcam to see just how we make a difference.