Group classes give dogs a chance to socialize with each other and learn to pay attention to you when there are distractions. Here are tips to help you choose a training class:
>>Code of Ehics Ask if they observe the Code of Ethics of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers --link to the Code of Ethics And Code of Ethics NZ
Do they belong to the NZ Pet Dog Association?
>> Observe a class. Good instructors should encourage observation. You can also ask the instructor for references. Is everyone having fun? In a well-run class, both dogs and people will be enjoying themselves. Talk to participants after the class and ask them if their expectations for their dog's training were met.
>> What are students supposed to do? An effective instructor should demonstrate and explain behaviors dog owners will be teaching their pets.
>> Did we do it right? A skilled trainer will encourage students to reward their dogs with food treats and praise. Punishment shouldn't be used.
>> Can we practice at home? The instructor should provide clear written instructions on how to teach the behaviours outside of class.
>> Can I get extra help? Students should have ample time ito practice skills being taught and trainers should provide individual assistance.
>> How does the instructor behave? The instructor should be calm, polite, encourage dialogue and be courteous to both canine and human clients.
>> What about special problems? If you need help with soiling, barking, aggression or other problems, ask if the class will cover these issues.
>> Can we all attend? It's beneficial for the whole family to attend (there may be reasonable age restrictions). Since your dog should learn to listen to all family members, your dog will benefit from consistency.
HERE ARE MORE considerations when selecting a trainer:
>> Make sure you feel comfortable with training tools and methods used.
>> Type of training. Training should not involve yelling, choking, shaking the scruff, alpha rolling (forcing the dog onto its back) or other actions that could cause your dog distress or pain.
>> Collars. Choke collars and prong collars use pain and intimidation to control a dog. They can hurt your dog and harm your relationship with him.
>> Are vaccinations required for dogs and puppies in the class? Make sure you and your veterinarian are comfortable with the requirements.
>> Guarantees? Because of variables in dog breeding, temperament, owner commitment and experience, a trainer cannot and should not offer guarantees. However, an instructor should be willing to ensure client satisfaction with his or her professional services.
>> Effective training must include you, so avoid anyone who wants to take your dog away and train him for you.
>> A conscientious trainer will stay informed about innovations in dog training and behavior modification. Is he or she is a member of any educational organizations, such as the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers), or endorsed by the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI)? Ask if he or she receives continuing education.
>> Ask about class size and number of assistants. With 10 or more students with one instructor, you can't expect much individual attention.
>> Don't be bullied into doing something you feel is not in your dog's best interest. You have the right to stop a trainer who, in your opinion, is causing your dog harm or distress.
by By Hawaiian Humane Society