The puppy obedience classes at your local pet supply store have their place, but most owners find themselves eventually needing a little extra help. That’s why it’s becoming commonplace for dog owners to send their pooch to a professional dog trainer at some point in their lives.
If you send your pup to a trainer it’s important that you don’t have unrealistic expectations. Trainers aren’t miracle workers and you shouldn’t expect them to get rid of your dog’s bad habits in one training session.
Below is the #1 unrealistic expectation a dog owner tends to have when sending their dog to a trainer. Being aware of this error will help you to make sure that you don’t waste your money.
The #1 unrealistic expectation owners tend to have is expecting the trainer to train their dog without them. It’s one thing if you miss a session here or there, but it’s an entirely different story if you expect your dog’s trainer to whip your pup into shape without you being present.
In order for a professional dog trainer to successfully train your dog, he first has to successfully train you. You have to be able to re-enforce his training when you take your pup home. After all, dog training is worthless unless what’s learned is consistently implemented until it becomes a habit.
Dog’s respond best to one person training them. That’s why it’s also important that the same person attends each training session and is the one implementing what’s learned upon taking the dog home.
Being present at your dog’s session is vital to successfully training your dog. Being present means exactly that… you MUST be present! This means that you must have your full attention on the training session.
You must be engaged with both your dog and the trainer. Your phone should be left in the car or shut off. If possible, the kids should be left at home or in the care of someone else while you are at the session. All distractions need to be taken care of ahead of time.
Your eyes (and ears) need to be focused on only the session at hand. The most important part of your dog’s training happens when he leaves the trainer. You are ultimately the one responsible for your dog’s success or failure.
Being a good student and doing your homework will not only ensure that you don’t waste your money, but it will also give you the skills necessary to help your dog become a well behaved member of the pack.