Please note that the dog training industry is not regulated by any type of certification or schooling. This means that anyone can call themselves a dog trainer, regardless of their background. Please do your research before agreeing to work with someone.
How are they going to train your dog? Punishment based techniques only serve to create a fearful and anxious dog, which can create more problems down the line.
What tools are they going to use? Do you feel comfortable using these tools? If not, find a trainer that agrees with your philosophy. Harnesses, Head Collars, and Cookies are my favorite tools for training a willing and happy companion.
Who needs to be involved in the sessions? Will the trainer be teaching your pup and giving him back? This is a great option for certain behaviors and circumstances, but make sure the trainer is not using a different philosophy while you are away. Only clear instruction and compassion here at The Freckled Paw!
Why are they choosing the technique they are teaching you? Because it works doesn’t mean it’s always the best option. Each dog is different and needs different teaching styles. Make sure you are comfortable with the way the trainer is interacting with your dog.
Just because someone says they are a dog trainer, does not mean they have the best interest of you and your dog in mind.