Do I need a trainer and if so how can I get a good one

Yes. A good trainer can help you train your dog the right way. He is necessary not only to help your dog become a well trained dog but also to help you become a good owner. Choose one who uses humane training techniques that encourage appropriate behavior through such positive reinforcement as food, attention, play, or praise. Training techniques should never involve yelling, choking, shaking the scruff, tugging on the leash, alpha rolling (forcing the dog onto his back), or other actions that frighten or inflict pain.

All family members should be encouraged to participate, if possible. Make sure that all lessons are clearly demonstrated and explained. Training should be clearly structured steps, and written materials provided. Each owner should have time to practice with his dog during class. The trainer should give individual attention to each dog. Avoid chaotic classes and classes with too many dogs enrolled. You should be comfortable with the methods your trainer uses.

How To Train Your Puppy

How To Train Your Puppy

Getting a new puppy is a fun and interesting time. You probably went to a breeder or pet store or maybe just saw an ad on the Internet or the newspaper, for puppies, and decided just to check it out. Before you knew it those little eyes and fluffy puppy fur had your heart melting and you were headed home with him or her in your arms. If you are like most new pet owners you had visions of playing fetch with your dog, of watching him frolic at the lake, and of cuddling up on cold nights.

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