Hiring a dog trainer

Published On: Jan 04 2014 10:21:34 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 06 2014 05:40:00 AM EST

Your dog is part of the family, but dogs and humans have different needs and ways of communicating. Taking time to understand and train your dog can make for a more satisfying relationship.

“Training a dog takes both the commitment from you and your pet. We had a lab that was really hyper," said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List. "She was a young puppy and it eventually required us to send her to training. They would run her on the treadmill and teach her obedience training, but it didn’t stop with that. We had to learn all of those things as well and be great reinforcers once she was home.”

Top dog behavior problems trainers can fix: barking, destruction, jumping up, running away despite being called, pulling hard on a leash.

Angie’s List asked highly rated animal trainers about the benefits of working with a professional. They include:

Common types of training;

“One word of caution when it comes to hiring a pet trainer: you need to do your homework because there is not a single source of licensing for pet trainers," warned Hicks. "There’s certainly certifications that pet trainers can receive so check on those. How long have they been training and what is their experience with the type of animal that you have? How are they going to help you transition to being the one in charge with your pet.”

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