Look for Feedback
While many dog trainers are excellent at communicating with their canine students, some fall short when it comes to interacting with the student who signs the check at the end of the lesson. A good trainer should be able to cheerfully engage both ends of the leash, offering advice and feedback as you progress.
Training your dog can occasionally get frustrating, so finding a trainer that supports you when the going gets tough will make the process less challenging. After you chat with a potential trainer ask yourself, how did that person make me feel? Respected? Or talked down to? Did the trainer want to learn about your dog’s history, and what you hope to achieve? Or were they more interested in getting your credit card information? Listen to your gut; if you don’t feel a connection with the person, move on. Your dog trainer should be an ally as you and your dog learn to share a common language.