Choosing a Trainer
The pet industry is largely unregulated, and anyone can call themselves a trainer. How do you know who to trust to help you train your pet? That’s one of the most important decisions you will ever have to make for your pet.
Here are some questions to ask when looking for a trainer:
- What method of training do you use? If you ask no other question, ask this one. The methods used just decades ago are not the methods that current research supports. There are many myths surrounding dog training, including the dominance theory, which are based in bad science and have been proven false. We use humane, reward-based methods that require no force or pain to train your dog and have been proven to be more reliable. View more information.
- What kind of equipment do you use? Some trainers may call themselves positive reinforcement trainers and use reward-based methods but still also use aversive methods such as prong, choke or shock collars. They might tell you some dogs are stubborn or learn differently and NEED these methods, but research has proven that aversive methods are more likely to increase the likelihood of aggression. Our methods are safe and work with ALL dogs. View more information.
- What is the trainer’s educational background and experience? Vicki Eberle has achieved the status of Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed. This certification requires the completion of 300 hours of experience, adhering to a Code of Ethics, passing an exam demonstrating a broad level of knowledge and skills as well as continuing education in order to maintain this status. She is also a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, whose goal is to set standards within the industry using the least intrusive, minimally aversive methods within the industry.
Ask questions, and trust your gut. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t the best situation for your dog. Do more research.