Choosing a Training Professional and Training Methods

This section includes information for how to choose a qualified positive reinforcement training professional. You’ll also find warnings regarding the use of electronic shock in dog training, as well as the “dominance/alpha dog” approach.

 

Warning! Learn about the Dangers of Electronic Shock Training Devices

Choosing a dog trainer - Buyer Beware!

Beware Positive Reinforcement
By Lisa Patrona Dip. CBST, CPDT-KA, ACDBC

Read what the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior says about choosing a dog trainer: https://avsab.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/How_to_Choose_a_Trainer_AVSAB.pdf

See https://pawsforpraise.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/finding-the-right-dog-trainer-harder-than-you-think/ for more suggestions and what you need to know when searching for a legitimately qualified dog training professional.


http://dogtrainer.quickanddirtytips.com/find-behavior-expert.aspx
By Jolanta Benal CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, PMCT-2; another article with great advice for how to be sure you're doing the best you can when hiring someone to help you and your dog!

 
Methods Matter. Click here to read about the dangers of attempting "quick fix" solutions.


Dominance and the alpha dog MYTH
Warning; That's right...we said myth! Click here.

Read the America Society of Animal Behavior’s position statement on the use of dominance theory for training:  https://avsab.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Dominance_Position_Statement-download.pdf

 

Also read the information at Beyond Cesar Milan