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Why Should You Hire a Dog Trainer To Coach You?

Why should you hire a dog trainer to coach you? Dog trainers can do quite a few things.  They’re usually able to teach a dog to stay, walk on a leash, come when called, and even how to play properly.  Maybe that even includes retrieving, agility, or scent detection.  Dog trainers will always have a basic understanding of how to train their own dogs as well as their client’s dogs.  

Hire a Dog Trainer to Coach You

I also think dog trainers should be able to train and coach you.  It’s really important for the overall success of my clients and their dogs. The goal is for me to handle the dogs as little as I possibly can.  What do I mean by that?  Well, it’s beneficial for folks to be able to see skilled dog trainers working with their dog.  There’s a benefit in that because we can learn a lot through observation. 

However, I think it’s more important for the dog trainer to be able to watch the dog and the client performing together. He or she can then give feedback that could have been missed before.  Anybody can watch someone do something. We have all of these platforms such as YouTube where you can watch someone perform a task. But watching and doing are two different things.  If you have a dog trainer who cares about you that you hired to help, they should be allowing you to handle your dog as much as possible.  There’s a lot of benefit to that.  

New Dog Owners

I bring this up because I just wrapped up a basic obedience course with a really great little dog named Harley.  I was watching as I was teaching my client a technique. We were going to minimize the usage of the leash as well as the voice command and make a reward there.  The thing that stuck out to me is that they’re at the end of a 6-week course, and fairly new dog owners.  I didn’t personally learn those techniques until about 8 years into my 16-year dog training journey.  This is a big reason why you should hire a dog trainer. 

Paying for a quality dog trainer will be extremely beneficial for you and your dog. So I would suggest you hire a dog trainer to coach you.

Text me at (832)734-5189 if you have questions about this or any other dog training topic. You can also visit me at my YouTube Channel.

I hope this was helpful!

Happy Training!

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