Untrained and uncontrolled Labrador Retrievers can cause problems because of their boisterousness and lack of fear. Training is necessary in order for them to learn rules, ensure their safety and to control their behavior. Because of their intelligence, energy and obedience, training Labrador Retrievers is one step easier compared to training other tenacious breeds. But it is still important to consider the would-be handler or trainer of your dog. Success of the training relies partly on their hands so choose a good dog trainer for your Labrador Retrievers.
Dog trainers, whether learned through formal education or experience, will always claim that they are worthy to handle a dog. Don't just believe everything they say. It is wise to have a thorough background check up of that dog trainer. First qualification of a good trainer is an excellent reputation. Ask recommendations from your vet, humane societies, boarding kennel, groomer, other reputable trainers or friends and relatives who have used the service of this person and can testify that he is really good. Include in your inquiries his training background, experience and area of expertise. Do not forget to study his training methodology. A good trainer uses humane way in training a dog. He understands that Labrador Retrievers don't need harsh or abusive handling because of this breed's gentle nature. He also understands that with loving praise and attention, he will be able to communicate and successfully train these dogs. In addition, it helps if he is affiliated with reputable associations, organizations and training clubs. It is not mandatory however.
Observe the equipment he uses. Is he using chokes and prong collars? Observing the equipment he is using will help you identify the method of his training. Using chokes and prong collars may indicate that humane method is not his choice somehow.
Price won't guarantee you of a good trainer, as well as elaborate and impressive advertisements. They can be very deceiving. Don't think that all costly dog trainers are good trainers. Some are just after the profit they will gain from you, not after your dog's welfare. It is always important to investigate, to ask questions.
The bottom line here is that, you just can't trust anybody to handle your dog's training. Fraud or deceitful dog trainer as well as ignorant dog owner will not produce a well-trained dog. Of course you do not want this to happen, don't you?
Richard Cussons writes articles about Labrador Retrievers and other dog breeds. Discover tips on training Labradors at labradorsavvy.com
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