How do you choose a good dog trainer?
There are several people locally who advertise their services in the vets, post office, pet shop etc and all have different initials after their names and catchy business names that all sound very familiar. Exactly how many Dog Listeners/Whisperers/Tamers/Botherers are there in Britain? Is this a recognised training method - or a chain? Or just a name lots of people have chosen to adopt? Are there any chains of dog trainers who all agree to use the same methods? Be a good idea if there was.
What do all these initials actually equate to?
Can it just mean they've paid to go on a correspondence course?
Does it ever mean they've actually been assessed and have passed some practical tests? Knowing the theory and being able to teach are two very different skills.
Do any qualifications mean you follow a specific doctrine? For example that you follow Cesar Milan or Victoria Stilwell for eg?
Most of all I want someone that will make things better - not worse!
I think it's very hard to choose.
If you go off personal recommendation you're often talking to someone who has nothing to compare their experience with. And they might not mind someone zapping their dog or using a choke chain!
I have two dogs with very poor recall and I want to be able to let them off the leads without worry. One is already a bit spooky, don't want someone frightening the life out of them.
What questions should I ask to make sure I'm getting the best person?
What do you have to do to get those initials? An idiot's guide would be appreciated!
If you're a dog trainer can you explain to me what you did to get your qualifications and which courses you found the most helpful/testing? I know that everyone will probably think they've picked the right courses to go on, but I suspect there's more than one that's good. Would just like to know the differences!