Choosing the Right A Guide to Choosing A Professional Dog Trainer
Attend seminars and workshops: Throughout the year there are loads of one-day, weekend, and weeklong seminars offered. A Guide To Choosing A Professional Dog Trainer – Reforbes offers excellent info on this. The moments spent at these kinds of events are some of my best memories since the beginning of my career. I remember a John Rogerson seminar in California in particular, where the first day of the four-day workshop was spent with him dividing us into groups and giving us problems to solve and tasks to accomplish. I think we would have learned a lot if we had the same challenges that we had to do on our own. But we learned a lot more about group dynamics (great for individuals interested in teaching group classes) and how our behaviour affects others than I had expected. And to think that everything is somewhere on tape. Volunteer: Volunteering is an excellent way to be around dogs of a variety of sizes, ages, and temperaments at a local shelter or rescue group. But, a word of caution: do not apply to volunteers with the sole intention of contributing to your experience. For the main purpose of helping these groups care for the animals, this is an endeavour that requires a serious commitment of time and energy. Some or many of the things that you may is required to do may be removed from hands on with the animals (such as cleaning, envelope stuffing, assisting at adoption events, and answering phones). Nevertheless, doing it all around is a good thing. Join the APDT: Become a member and attend the annual conference of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers as there is no better place to meet and learn from so many of the foremost animal behaviour experts at one time. Many years ago, I attended the very first of these conferences and still rely on what I have learned there and at subsequent conferences as a basis for my teaching approach.