Choosing a dog behaviourist or dog trainer
Finding a professional
As previously mentioned, the industry is unregulated which means there are many trainers and behaviourists our there using unethical methods.
Look for someone who specialises in force-free, reward based (R+) training. Steer well away from anyway that uses any aversive methods such as prong collars, pet corrector sprays, choke chains or slip leads. Although these give quick results - they not only cause your dog pain, but actually increase their fear which can in turn eventually exacerbate the problem.
The only form of punishment that is acceptable is Negative Punishment - examples of this include a time out, or not getting attention.
Be wary of anyone that mentions dominance, being submissive or using the term 'pack leader' - this is a very old and unproven theory.
Most trainers and behaviourists should be happy to answer any questions you have prior to their consultation and if you are unsure of anything - ask! You know what is best for your dog.
So quick recap;
- Force free/R+ based only
- Check for qualifications
- Ask questions
- No mention of submissive/dominance
Remember - you get out what you put in - there are no quick fixes unfortunately!
In Line Canine UK offers both training and behavioural consultations - and tick all of the above boxes.
Prices can be found on our website or please drop us a line for any more information.
If I do not offer a service you are needing - please message me and I will refer you on to someone appropriate.