Choosing a Dog Trainer

Making the right choice for you and your dog

Anyone can decide to be a dog trainer and hang out their shingle. There is no licensing or regulatory body. So how do you know who is qualified and what standards they follow?

To assure you and your dog the best results, look for: 

Read the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior’s tips for choosing a trainer

Also look for “red flags” in your assessment of prospective trainers:

  • The trainer talks about wolf behavior more than dog behavior;
  • The trainer has a focus on dominance and submission, or bases their methods on force;
  • The trainer is not meeting the current standards of care in the dog training industry

Listen to your instincts. Only you can decide if this a trainer who shares your standards and will work with you as a partner in achieving your goals for you and your dog.