Positive Reinforcement Dog Training
When searching for a trainer be sure to look for descriptive words such as “positive reinforcement,” “force free,” and/or “science based.” Do not be shy about asking your potential trainer questions involving ethics and practices. A good trainer will be happy to discuss these topics with you. Words to avoid when researching trainers are “balanced,” “e-collar training,” “dominance,” “alpha,” and “pack”. Unfortunately, in the past these words were frequently used when speaking about training. However, in recent years these terms have proven to be terribly faulty.
Training your dog should be fun and rewarding for everyone involved. It is an opportunity to bond and build trust and confidence within this new relationship. Find a trainer who will aid in that positive journey, and you will be impressed by your abilities as a trainer and what your dog can learn.
Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)