Retriever Training Tip: Finding the Right Pro by Matt Duncan Professional Trainer

While training a retriever to it’s potential is something that most people are capable of many folks choose to use a professional in some fashion. In this article I want to discuss how to choose a good pro and get the most out of your experience. When people think of a pro they think of dropping their retriever off and then picking him up when his training is complete. With a good pro this is merely part of the experience. A good professional will not only be willing to train your retriever he or she will also be willing to train you as well along with helping you progress with the dog long after it has gone home. If you are training your dog on your own a pro can also help you and your dog as you move through training. Many pro trainers offer day training or handler type training to help you progress with your dog. There are many pros out there all over the country so how do you choose the one that is right for the job? Just about anyone can build a website and call themselves a pro these days so here are some things to keep in mind as you look for a reputable professional. Get references from some of the pros former clients not his hunting buddies. Go visit where your dog will be staying, it should be a professional environment with acceptable living accommodations for the dogs. You know a kennel with proper drainage, sanitary surfaces and ventilation. The facilities where your dog will be staying are important in his overall health and welfare which does have a large impact on his training. What you are looking for is sanitary and safe. Any pro thats worth what he charges will tell you that his most important job is dog care. Without good dog care there isn’t good training. While you are there ask to see some dogs that are in training and watch as many dogs work as you can. Check out or inquire about the the training grounds your dog will be trained on. If you are paying a premium for retriever training your dog should have access to an environment that is conducive to learning, not the barn lot. A dog is only as good as what he is exposed to and the grounds it involves to reach your retriever’s potential is a staple in any good trainers program. Check on how your dog will be transported to and fro while training or competing. There is a lot of traveling from property to property when a dog is in training you want to make sure he is safe and sound in the the event of an accident. Inquire about the level of communication the trainer will have with you through training. This is important, stay informed as to how your dog is progressing. A good trainer won’t keep you wondering, he or she will be reaching out to you as your retriever moves through the many different phases of training. Your trainer should make you aware of what he or she prefers as far as communication goes. Make sure the trainer is willing to incorporate you into training before your dog goes home. In order to get the most out of your dog when it gets home you must understand how to handle him and make fair corrections when needed. Have realistic expectations. If you call a trainer and he starts spitting out timelines on training tread carefully. A good trainer knows dogs move through training at different paces and will try to keep your expectations reasonable. A shirt with his name on it or sponsors don’t make a pro reputable the dogs under his care do so be sure to see more than just a couple dogs he or she has in training. Hopefully this short article will help someone as they are seeking a reputable pro. Until next week, Happy Training!

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Matt Duncan
Bourbon Bay Kennels

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