Choosing A Dog Trainer
Be Assured It Will Take Effort On Your Part
The pet training industry is rife with people willing to scare and hurt your dog into what they will call obedience. Vets, behaviourists & qualified trainers have stories of dogs they’ve had to rehabilitate after punishing training methods have traumatized or injured them. Dogs are still shocked, rolled, pinched, jabbed, choked, hung, kicked and poked in the name of training. Cesar is famous for it and world-renowned animal behaviourists are loudly denouncing such aversive 'training' as unnecessary, out-dated and cruel. The time is now for humane treatment for all animals. Article Here
Good Trainers: How To Identify One And Why This Is Important To Your Practice Of Veterinary Medicine
Produced by the Advanced Behavior Course at the North American Veterinary Conference, Post Graduate InstituteJournal of Veterinary Behavior (2006) 1, 47-52
Humane * Skilled * Respectful * Bully-Free
'Association for Force-Free Pet Professionals'
MORE POSITIVELY POSITIVE TRAINERS
Here are more humane trainers who have committed to using respectful, bully-free methods of training. No shock, prong or choke devices are used by these trainers. The trainers posted here give their word that they are committed to positive science based training. When you take on the responsibility of caring lovingly for an animal, part of that responsibility is to make sure the people you choose to care for your pet have the same respect for them as you do.
If your training style fits the description above, please contact us to be added to the list.
cell 604 723 7097
Confident Canines Companion Training
"Specializing in Puppy Classes"
59 Orchard Lane
Brussels, Ontario, Canada
Dogma Training & Pet Services Inc.
Megan Armstrong, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA
515 - 70 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2V 0P5
Jollytails Doggy Daycare
Tristan Flynn, CPDT-KA
3484 Intercolonial St, Halifax NS
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Oh My Dog!
Behaviour Training CPDT
Pawsitively Canine Dog Training Services
Lisa Davies, KPA-CTP
12076 Webster Street,
Maple Ridge, BC, Canada, V4R 1A6
'We make training fun for you AND your dog!!'
Calgary, AB, Canada
Anne Springer, B.A., PCT-A, CTDI
PAWS FOR PRAISE
Positive Training for a Great Dog!
119 Liberty St., 2nd Floor
Danvers, MA 01923
Betty's TLC Dog & Puppy Training C.D.B.C., C.D.B.C.
"Aquidneck Island's Most Respected Dog Trainer for Over 40 Years!"
Rhode Island, USA
Dale's Dog Training Academy LLC
Tel: 757 389 5359
Tel: 972 345 7955
"Teach Your Dog Good Behavior For Life"
Reward That Puppy Inc.
585 314 7663
5517 East River Rd.
NY, USA 14586
Toledo Dog Training
Specializing in puppy development & canine anxiety
Tel 419 699 7785
"Serving the world via online & live feed"
Top Dog Canine Counseling
Katherine Novak - APDT
Tel 410 207-6163
Baltimore, Maryland 21228
“Better Training Through Education"
Unleash the Pawsitive
Laura Clawson, ABCDT, VSPDT, ANWI
Tel 770 871 8656
When hiring a trainer keep in mind:
Certification for dog training can come from excellent schools and schools with lower standards. Unless a certifying organization, independent of the training school that issues the certificate assesses a student and determines they have meet a certain standard, the certificate alone is no guarantee of knowledge.
The pet training industry is not regulated. What makes a great trainer is not easily definable but two elements are crucial, respect for the sentience of animals and gentle training methods. In some cases, a Certified Animal Behaviorist with a doctorate degree may be required for complex problems.
You will want to ask a trainer about their background, education, experience, affiliations, methods of training and personal philosophy. A trainer with nothing to hide will be happy to answer your questions. Although it is our own opinion, not shared by everyone, we recommend you do not leave your pet to be trained without you.
Please note: There are trainers who advertise they use positive methods, describe themselves as balanced trainers, but conveniently leave out they will also use shock, prong and choke collars in addition to other harsh treatment. There are also trainers who do not use shock, prong or choke collars but still engage in harsh methods.