DOG TRAINING IN SAN DIEGO
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STEP ONE – KNOW WHAT YOUR LOOKING FOR
If you’re looking for dog training in San Diego, there are some questions you should ask yourself. The first and most important question to ask is this …do you want a professional dog trainer to train your dog or would you rather train him yourself. If you choose to train him yourself, do you want to use online videos or DVDs for dog training guidance or are you comfortable in training him without help. Whichever way you decide, you should always ask yourself, what’s best for you and what’s best for your dog.
If you’re looking for dog training in San Diego, either on the internet or in the Yellow Pages, you’ll find many dog trainers to choose from – some will be good, some mediocre and some not so good.
STEP TWO – KNOW WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK
Here’s a list of questions you should consider asking dog trainers in San Diego when interviewing them:
These are not in any specific order.
- What is the training approach or method they use to train the dog?
- Do they use positive methods, compulsion or some other technique to get the dog to obey?
- How much experience and success have they had working with your particular breed?
- What degree of involvement is required on your part in the training process?
- How up-to-date and knowledgeable are they on current dog training techniques?
What to determine after asking these questions:
Once you know what technique they use, ask why and how it works. Will their system and style of training be effective in helping you build a relationship with your dog? If not, why not, as that should be your long-term goal, as you’re probably going to have the dog for many, many years.
STEP THREE – CHECK THEM OUT
The truth is simple – when it comes to running a successful business in any category you’re going to leave footprints everywhere, both good and bad. So make sure to do some research on dog training in San Diego before you choose a dog trainer or purchase online training programs.
We suggest they have two or more of these:
- Facebook Page with Fans
- Google Plus Page
- Local Online listings with reviews
- Linkedin Profile
- Active Blog on their site (really helpful)
- Informative website about themselves and their training methods
NOW A FEW QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF
Dog training in San Diego is basically the same as dog training anywhere. You’ll find many dog trainers that prefer to wait until the dog does something bad so they can get a good correction in to teach the dog. That’s one approach … and it does work. However, when you use force you are shutting down any possibility of building a trusting and fun relationship with your dog. Others use motivation and positive reinforcement and look for the good and positive things your dog does, and then reward it. When you use positive methods training your dog you get better, faster and lasting results.
Here’s what you need to ask yourself. Do you want to focus on the positive or the negative when training your dog? When we look at the positive side of things, it not only helps the dog, but helps us as well. Here’s something to remember … once we recognize that we, not them, are the source of the miscommunication and behavior problems we have with our dogs, we’re on the way to solving the problem.
We must learn to take responsibility for our dog’s actions, instead of blaming the dog all the time. Why? Because it doesn’t matter whether we used a professional dog trainer from San Diego or trained the dog ourselves. In the end, we’re the ones who have the ability to train and teach the dog new and better behaviors. It’s funny though, because in many dog families, people are the ones being trained by their dogs, instead of the other way around.
Finally, we make the decision as to what kind of behavior – good or bad – that we accept from our dogs when we let them act a certain way. So let’s stop blaming the dog and using force on him, when we’re the ones responsible. Training your dog takes patience, time and is continuous. Remember, it’s not a race, it’s a process. It requires a certain amount of time and effort on your part, so be certain to make that commitment and get into action. The results for you, your family and your dog will be amazing.
Dog Adoptions in the San Diego Area
Shelter dogs can be some of the best dogs you will ever have when you give them just a little training. Be sure to adopt a dog from your local shelter instead of buying one.