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Teachers/Trainers – Qualities to Look For

There are two types of teachers we tend to remember.

First off, there are those teachers who were so harsh and strict that you still have bad memories from being in their class. On the other hand, some teachers become memorable for how they relate to their students and conveyed lessons clearly.

Ideally, you always want to learn from the people in the second group. You should want that same kind of teacher if you’re looking for a dog trainer.

In last week’s article, we looked at the qualifications that matter when looking for a dog trainer. In this article, we’ll discuss qualities that should be possessed by people who make a living through dog training.

A Positive Attitude

Being positive matters not just when you’re looking for a good motivational speaker. It’s also something you want to see in a dog trainer.

This is particularly true if you teach your dog through positive reinforcement as well.

It would be sad if your dog learned through constantly being yelled at, so finding a trainer who practices positive reinforcement is essential.


Sometimes, you just feel like doing your job on your own and not getting anyone else involved. That may be acceptable in some lines of work, but not in dog training.

The training sessions will not last forever. At some point, you will have to take over as the person giving commands.

That transition will be much easier for you dog if the trainer involves you and other people in the family in the teaching process, per the American Kennel Club.

Honest about the Progress of Training

Dog trainers are not magicians. They can’t just remove a bad habit possessed by your dog with a wave of a wand.

For that reason, Preventive Vet urges you to seek out trainers who don’t dole out meaningless guarantees.

It’s important for the trainer to be honest about the progress of your dog so that you can set your expectations. That way, you can continue to work with your dog on addressing problematic behaviors instead of just believing that they have disappeared.

How well your dog responds to the training sessions will depend in large part on what kind of trainer is doing the teaching. A trainer with the qualities listed above should have a better chance of getting through to your dog and imparting the most lessons effectively.

Along with your dog trainer, we at TAILored Pet Services can also help your pet learn faster. Simply let us know which commands to reinforce and we will use those during our interactions with your dog. You can learn more about the other ways in which we can help by contacting us at 425-923-7791 or browsing our website.