Dog Obedience Training Tips
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Dog Obedience Training Tips


Dog obedience training tip # 1

Many dog owners choose to join a club or hire some form of professional dog trainer to help and guide them during dog obedience training. Choosing the right club or professional dog trainer can be quite difficult, and there are unfortunately many unsuitable “dog experts” out there that offer ineffective, improper or even harmful dog obedience training. Keep in mind that the personality of your specific dog must be taken into account during dog obedience training. Good dog trainers will always adapt the dog obedience training to each individual dog. There are however some dog trainers that use exactly the same approach toward all types of dogs, regardless of size, breed and temperament. This means that a dog trainer that worked wonders with your neighbor’s dog might be highly unsuitable for your dog.

Dog obedience training tip # 2

We recommend you to do some reading before you choose a club or professional dog trainer for your dog obedience training. By understanding the terminology linked to dog obedience training, it will be easier for you to find the most suitable club or professional dog trainer in your area. Here are some names that can come in handy when you are looking for a canine club or professional dog trainer. By contacting the various organizations or visiting their web pages, you can find out more about their opinions regarding dog obedience training and what it takes to be considered a certified or listed dog trainer with each organization. The organizations found below are just a few of the many organizations that list, refer, endorse, educate or certify dog obedience trainers. We have listed seven major organizations with activity in English speaking countries. By doing an online search or take a look in the yellow pages, you can find other canine organizations that might be more suitable for your particular country, region or dog breed.

Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
http://www.apdt.com

Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers (CAPPDT)
http://www.cappdt.ca

Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers (CCPDT)
http://www.ccpdt.org

International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP)
http://www.dogpro.org

National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI)
http://www.nadoi.org

National K-9 Dog Trainers Association (NK9DTA)
http://www.nk9dta.com

Australian Association of Professional Dog Trainers (AAPDT)
http://www.aapdt.org

Dog obedience training tip # 3

Before you contact a club or professional dog trainer, it can be a good idea to prepare a few questions that will make it easier for you to determine whether the organization share your values and opinions regarding dog obedience training. Examples of such questions can for instance be the following.

- Are you certified by any organization?
- Which types of dog obedience training equipment do you recommend?
- Will the training include the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Test is or lead to any similar certification?
- What is your experience with aggressive dog breeds such as Rottweilers, Pit Bull Terriers and Doberman Pinschers?

Dog obedience training tips # 4

Before you decide to participate in dog obedience training arranged by a club or professional dog trainer, you should ideally observe a class and pay special attention to the methods used. By observing a class, you will for instance get a chance to see if the trainer is good at explaining new things for dog owners as well as teaching the dogs new things. Will the dog trainer give each participant individual attention? Are the instructions clear and easy to understand? How does the trainer correct undesirable behaviors in dogs? Does he or she punish dogs before they have fully understood what they are supposed to do?

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