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Schools vary in methodology, experience, facilities and services.  There are currently no guidelines or standards for dog trainers.  Advertised accreditation and certifications vary in requirements!  The responsibility is yours!  Check out your trainer thoroughly. (For a detailed article on Selecting the Right Program and Trainer for You, click here.)


So how do you find the right trainer for you? 

  • Ask your veterinarian.

  • Ask friends with well-behaved dogs.

  • Ask the trainer questions about experience, drop-out rates, theory and where they received their training. 

  • Observe the training methods.  Ask to watch a class.  If you feel you will not be comfortable with the trainerís methods, then keep looking.  

  • If you enroll in a class and itís not working, talk to the trainer and let him know your concerns.  If you are still not satisfied, STOP.  It can be harmful to continue with a method when itís not working.  But donít give up.  Keep shopping until you find the trainer that fits your needs.  

  • Please feel free to print out this check list and take it with you as you compare schools.







Length of course    
Access to Instructor outside of class time     
Class Sizes     
Years experience    
Instructor has experience with a variety of methods    
Veterinary Recommended    
Detailed Instruction Manual comes with each course.    
If claiming accreditation or certification, what was involved?

See my article on Trainers and Programs


Please come watch and complete the rest of this checklist yourself!

Your comfort level with methods used.    
Instructor individualizes method to suit dog's temperament.    
Students receive individual attention and help as needed.    
Instructor enjoys working with the dogs and people.    
Content: What lessons are taught?     



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