Training Both ends of the leash

Hiring a Professional Dog Trainer

Hiring a Professional Dog Trainer

When Should You Hire A Professional Dog Trainer?

When to seek out the help of a professional dog trainer can be a difficult decision to make.  Most people that have dogs with behavior problems either accepts the behavior and learn to manage it, or surrenders the dog to the shelters or rehoming.  Accepting the behavior and managing it takes a great deal of effort.  This places an enormous amount of stress on the family unit.  the dog that are surrendered to shelters become one of the millions of dogs in the U.S. unnecessarily euthanized each year because the owners just cant deal with the dog’s behavior.  A simple balanced professional trainer can solve most of a dogs behavior problems in a short period of time.  It can take a friend, family member or a visitor to point out your dog’s bad habits or behavior problems before the owner realizes they need to be addressed.

It’s definitely no secret that dogs can be very challenging from time to time.  It may even be impossible to train your dog by yourself, no matter how much time and effort you put into it.  Remember, the dog you have now may not be that great dog you had growing up.  Every dog is different and may require a diversified training approach unfamiliar to you.

As dog owners, one of the most important decisions we’ll ever need to make is whether or not to enroll our pets in a professional dog training program.  Keep in mind that dog training isn’t just simply teaching our dogs to perform tricks for food with a clicker, or to sit, down. stay, come on command.  Obedience training is developed a trusted and respected bond with your dog.  Teaching a dog to follow your guidance and leadership.

Guidelines to help you decide on the need for a professional dog trainer.

Here are just a few guidelines to help you decide if it’s time to hire a professional dog trainer.

  1. Do you have the time and commitment to work with your dog?
  2. Are you skilled and confident enough to fix your dog’s problems?
  3. Is the dogs behavior dangerous or could it possibly worsen to become dangerous?
  4. Have others pointed out behavior issues about your dog?
  5. Do you see someone with a well behaved dog and say to yourself, I wish my dog was that well behaved?
  6. Are you considering giving up your dog because of the problem behaviors?
  7. Is you dog’s behavior so annoying that no one can stand it anymore?
  8. Are you embarrassed by you dog’s behavior?
  9. Is your dog causing resentment and stress in you life?

The Professional Dog Trainer

On of the main questions many dog owners ask about professional dog training is, “How much does professional training cost and is the cost really worth it?”  What type of training should I pursue?  Private lessons, group lessons, board and train, etc.  Just like any other professional service, the cost of professional dog training really depends on the location and what you are looking for.

To give you somewhat of an idea, here are some average costs in the Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County areas:

  • Group Training: 4 to 6 weeks / $100-$160
  • Private Lessons: 1 hour / $50-$150 per hour
  • Boarding Kennel: 2 to 4 weeks / $1,000-$2,500 for several hours of one-on-one daily attention.

What do I get for my money?

So, what is it exactly you’ll get for the money?  there are different types of training structures available.  Group classes are very common and popular due to the cost.  These are much more affordable then private, board and train etc.  However, these do not provide for one on one individualized attention, and require a lot of input and responsibility of the owner to do the training.  Private lessons are more individualized with  one on one attention, but these lessons also require the owners to follow through with a lot of homework and responsibility for doing a lot of the training.  With private lessons, the owners are more or less coached by the trainer to teach their dogs.  I call this train the trainer, where the owner and the dog learn together.  Board and train environments are becoming more and more popular due to the busy lifestyles of people.  In this structure the dog actually is boarded with the trainer.  The trainer now has the responsibility of establishing and obedience foundation or correction of any specific goals.  The dog is then returned to the owner trained with a good foundation.  The owner’s responsibility at this point is to be trained on how to maintain and enforce what the dog has learned.

Benefits of Professional Dog Training

Some additional benefits of professional dog training include:

  • Professional dog trainers can easily point out any behavioral issues the dog is exhibiting that the owner may not have noticed.
  • Professional dog trainers can provide you with important advice that’s beneficial for you and your dog.
  • Professional dog trainers can help the owner shorten the training time.
  • Professionally trained dogs are less likely to exhibit behavioral problems.
  • Professional dog training can provide and individualized and diversified approach to your dog’s specific needs.
  • Advise on the best training environment for the dog’s needs, goals and personality traits.

Working with a qualified, skilled trainer can make a huge difference in a very short time.  It is worth the investment to hire a trainer to work with your dog and solve issues from the very small to the very serious.

A professional dog trainer is the key to success in establishing training on Both Ends Of The Leash. For help, contact us.

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