DOG TRAINING IN SAN FRANCISCO
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STEP ONE – KNOW WHAT YOUR LOOKING FOR
Once you’ve made the decision to own a dog and begin looking for dog training in San Francisco you’ll want to ask yourself this question. Do I want an experienced, professional dog trainer to train my dog or do I want you to train him myself. The next question is do I want to use online video programs or DVDs to help me with the training or do I want to go it alone. Before deciding, ask yourself, “What’s best for your dog and what’s best for you”. If your decision is to use a dog trainer in San Francisco you’ll want to do some homework before you begin interviewing them. It’s important to be prepared because you want to make the right choice and end up getting the dog trainer that’s best for you and your dog. The dog trainer and the method he uses to train your dog can have a serious impact your long-term relationship with your dog.
When someone is looking for dog training in San Francisco, they usually ask a friend who owns a dog for a referral or recommendation. Others will search the internet or look in the Yellow Pages. In any event, they will find there are plenty of qualified, experienced dog trainers in the San Francisco area. They’ll also find that some are quite good, some mediocre and some not very impressive. Before making a decision on which one is the right one for you and your dog, it’s a good idea to prepare and ask them a number of questions during the interview. Also, it’s a good idea to get their references and check them out.
STEP TWO – KNOW WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK
Here’s a list of questions you should consider asking dog trainers in San Francisco when interviewing them:
These are not in any specific order.
- How long have they been training dogs for a living and have they worked with your particular breed?
- What special training technique or method do they use to train the dog?
- Do they use compulsion or some other approach to get the dog to obey?
- How much, if any, are you involved in the training process?
- Is the trainer knowledgeable and up-to-date on current dog training methods?
- Do they have local references you can contact who have the same breed as you have.
What to determine after asking these questions:
After they tell you what their training approach is, ask them to give you a brief overview on why and how it works. Then determine if their training approach lends itself to you and the dog working well together after the training is completed as you will be spending thousands of hours with the dog in the coming years.
STEP THREE – CHECK THEM OUT
The truth is simple – when it comes to running a successful business in any category your’re going to leave footprints everywhere, both good and bad. So make sure to do some research on dog training in San Francisco before you choose a dog trainer or purchase online training programs. Dog training in San Francisco is a big market so you should have plenty to choose from in this category.
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 Francisco is the same as dog training anywhere. Some dog trainers will 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. Others use motivation and positive reinforcement and look for the good and positive things your dog does, and then reward it.
In the final analysis, you’re the one who will have to make a decision as to what type approach works best for you and your dog. Do you want to focus on the positive or the negative when training your dog? If you choose to use positive methods, you’ll find it not only helps the dog but it also helps you, as it sends a strong, positive message to other members of your family. The thing we have to acknowledge is this – we are the source of the miscommunication and behavior problems we have with our dogs, not them. Once we accept this as the truth, our attitude towards our dog will change dramatically for the better.
Most dog owners don’t want to hear this but we must take responsibility for our dog’s actions, instead of blaming the dog. And the fact that you used a dog trainer from San Francisco or trained the dog yourself doesn’t matter. What does matter is realizing that we’re the ones who can teach the dog new and better behaviors. In many dog families, that’s simply not the case, as the dog usually is the one training the family.
On final thing … let’s admit that we, as dog owners, choose what kind of behavior – good or bad – that we accept from our dogs when we accept how they act. Let’s stop blaming or hurting the dog every time he makes a mistake, when we’re the ones responsible. It takes time, patience and commitment to train a dog and the process is ongoing. The good news is that it’s worth it. You’re going to have the dog for many years so why not have them be enjoyable ones for both of you. Train your dog with positive methods and you’ll not only get amazing results but enjoy a fun-filled future together.
Dog Adoptions in the San Francisco 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.