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Old 04-13-2013, 02:55 AM   #1
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I am interested.If you we're looking for a trainer would you want to see proof of accreditation or would you be happy going with one that was experienced,successful,good feedback from clients,etc.Would it really be that important to you to know the trainer had done their study and knew on paper what they were talking about?Is it really worth the time,effort and study to employ that trainer,thinking they know more than a trainer that's earned his accreditation through experience and basically born to do what their meant to.Which would catch your eye if searching through the yellow pages...hmmm...

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It depends on what training you're looking for. To me experience, success and good feedback would go a long way.

Choosing a trainer out of the yellow pages would come after personal recommendation or a recommendation from your vets, accedited or non accredited.

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I have to agree with PMR. Not all trainers are created equal either. I know first hand. A lot will depend on what kind of training you prefer. I only want positive reinforcement for my dogs. I do not want a trainer that believes in pinch collars, or actually striking a dog. I don't want my dog to shut down from harsh training, but would rather reward the dog for learning. It would not matter to me if the trainer was accredited or not. I had a group trainer that was supposed to be the best in the State. She was accredited and trained the Wilmington police canine unit. She recommended pinch collars for large dogs only because they were large, and I watched her hit a Rottie over the head multiple times with a plastic baseball bat, to "get it's attention." The Rottie went after a small dog at the class, and she said not to worry, it didn't hurt him. Needless to say, it was the last class I attended. Research the trainer first. Look for positive feedback, starting with your vet.

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Dee's right it's not always the accredited ones that are the best so do your research first starting with a vets recommendation! After that meet with the trainer and ask many questions on their methods like do they use positive training techniques or do they use harsh methods (old school)? Ask can you sit in on one of their classes and study the trainers mathods of handling the dogs under their care only then can you make
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I think you'll find Jacks4nik is not looking for a trainer, but rather is a trainer, see here

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I think you'll find Jacks4nik is not looking for a trainer, but rather is a trainer, see here

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Spot on PMR!I have been a trainer for a while but as I am going into business for myself Im curious as to your thoughts and whether its worthy of paying a lot of money just to acquire the piece of paper.Im guessing many of you here are trainers,so who better than to ask the most knowledgable of all dog lovers.To be honest with you it's a waste of time and money when I could be out there earning and doing what I love.On the other hand would I be more successful being officially accredited as people tend to think the paper is proof of knowledge,experience and generally know more than the many other trainers out there.To me a good and successful trainer will shine through.No amount of study or pieces of paper makes them a Caeser or a Victoria.I believe it's a calling and surprisingly tough competition.Theres a lot of trainers out there,many of which should not be training.Im sure a lot of us here have come across some very dodgy and dangerous trainers,with bad methods and outrageous teachings.Anyway thanks for your thoughts.Very interesting.

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I think much depends on what the client's needs are.. if I am looking for assistance with simpler matters for a training obstacle I can't work out, I'd likely seek the help of a trainer. However, for more complex issues or for guidance in working with a specific dog with genetic or behavioral issues I would certainly look for an accredited behavioralist. The academic training and knowlege base education provides is invaluable and not to be equated with a trainer's skillset.
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Ah yes remember the thread, but still think by sitting in few classes they will see how they run etc and pick up valuable tips I see the thread is only nearly 1 month old how long does it take before you can set up in buisness as bonafide trainer?
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I have to agree with JGLI 100% on this one. If my dog was having issues with basic training, pulling on leash, barking, and the like, I would have no problem seeking a trainer regardless if they were accredited or not. If my dog had a behavioral issue, I would seek out a behaviorist.

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