Finding a Trainer
First things first: Avoid any trainer who recommends using electronic shock collars or medications as a method of training. This type of training will not help a dog get over their fears and anxieties, and can cause the dogs to be more fearful. Basic leash and collar techniques mixed with a calm, confident energy are far more effective when training a dog. Also, treat training is not ideal as the dog begins to respect the food instead of you, the owner. You want a dog to sit, stay, and come because you asked them too, not because you have treats. Always ask for references in your search for trainers, as other people’s experiences with the trainer will give a better idea of what you can expect when the sessions begin. The Monks of New Skete, is a good resource for training tips for dogs of all sizes, breeds, and age.
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