Why one-size-fits-all doesn’t apply to choosing a dog trainer

Dogs, like humans, have complicated emotions, and there is no “one size fits all” solution when it comes to dog training. Every dog is unique and choosing your dog’s training program is an important decision. The program you choose should be matched to your dog, and family, based on factors such as breed, age, past training experience, budget, and most importantly, your goals.

While the term “dog trainer” has grown to represent a broad variety of knowledge and expertise, not all programs are suited for all issues, and not all trainers are knowledgeable in all aspects of training and behavior. You should look for a team that has years of experience helping dogs. A knowledgeable team of trainers will now know that training a dog well takes time, effort, constant engagement, and a genuine understanding of each pup’s needs. When a dog is placed in a balanced environment of socialization with other dogs, stimulation from fun activities, and education with a team of dog training pros, their path to training success is substantially easier and more effective.

Whether your goals include the basics like sit and stay, or more advanced skills like coming when called or heel. A proper training program will take the time to get to know you and your pet and help you get started with a customized training plan based on those needs. Furthermore, after they’ve laid a foundation with your dog during the training, they will help you continue their training success down the road with ongoing coaching and reinforcement resources whenever you need them.

The best way to determine whether or not a training program is right for you and your dog is to attend a training orientation with all your questions ready. Questions such as, what methods of reinforcement do you use? And, how will you help me reach my training goals?, will provide a lot of insight. Lastly, remember that it doesn’t matter how fantastic your dog trainer is, if you are not following through and doing your homework, you likely will not see the desired results. You will only get out what you put in; meaning that the methods and habits formed during the program must have consistent up-keep at home and when you and your pet are on the go.

Your dog can become the well-trained best friend you’ve always wanted, and Meadowlake Pet Resort & Training Center can help them get there! Effective dog training takes time, energy, diligence, and knowledge. When you partner with Meadowlake, we help you and your dog through every aspect of the training process with a tailored plan that meets your and your pup’s needs. Contact Meadowlake Pet Resort & Training Center to get started with a free orientation, and we’ll start your dog’s training experience off right!

The award-winning trainers at Meadowlake Pet Resort & Training Center specialize in providing customized programs designed for your needs and goals. Featured as one of the Houston Chronicle’s top dog trainers and an industry leader in dog training featured regularly in PetTalk Magazine, Meadowlake believes training is the most important bonding opportunity for you and your dog, and we aim to bring you closer together through communication and mutual understanding.