Need help finding a dog behavior trainer for your Coton de Tulear (or any other breed)? This can be tricky and may require some research. Even certified dog trainers use a wide variety of training methods to teach you to train your dog.
How are you supposed to know how to choose the best professional dog trainer?
First of all, when should you get help from a professional dog behavior trainer?
What you should look for in a professional dog behavior trainer:
In addition to interviewing potential dog behavior trainers, get recommendations from other dog owners, your vet, your breeder, or local humane society. There's a lot to be said for word of mouth so get recommendations from people who have had successful experiences with their trainer.
You can also check the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) website to find a dog behavior trainer.
Always use your instinct. Some professional dog trainers will have you believe that their way is the only way and that you must never question their knowledge and training instructions. A good trainer will be happy to answer any of your questions and help you understand WHY their methods are important.
Any time a professional dog trainer tells you that the use of force, choke collars, pinch collars or any other potentially unsafe practice is okay, you should walk away. Any legitimate trainer who is truly attuned to dogs will not use these methods as a general rule. This is especially true when working with small dogs like the Coton de Tulear.
Having a dog as part of your family should ALWAYS be a positive experience for you and your dog. If you are experiencing any behavior problems that are preventing you from having a strong and happy relationship there are many avenues of help available.
If hiring a professional dog behavior trainer is too expensive or unavailable in your area, there are many good do-it-yourself training programs that are affordable and easily accessible. Read my dog training reviews here to learn more.
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