So what are the problems of a dog trainer? Problem dog? No. Bad dog? No. Aggression? No. Big stubborn mess of a dog? No. Well maybe sometimes. Owner? YES.
The toughest part of our job is dealing with people and teaching them how to handle their dog and follow through with what their dog has learned in class. Dog Owners: Your dog won't "just listen," you have to give them a reason to. For some owner-dog relationships this is easier, for others it's more difficult. When entering a dog training class: have realistic expectations, and if you don't know what to expect, ask questions. Be prepared to put effort into the training of your dog, listen to the instructions of the dog trainer. It is my job as a dog trainer to do the best that I possibly can to communicate to you the dog training process, and make it easier by laying down the foundation in your dog through teaching of commands. Consistency in following through so that your dog knows that he's safe and that you are the leader is completely dependent on you. That's why at Smart K9 we provide group classes that are meant to aid our customers in the continuation of the training process. If you don't follow the process completely, don't expect a fully trained dog months after you haven't worked with him. My advice: ask questions, follow instruction, if the trainer can do it- you can do it!