In dog schools and on club sites, the leaders of the individual classes cannot always cater to the individual problems of the dogs and the needs of their owners. This gap is filled by the “personal trainers” who deal with dogs and humans in individual lessons. Some dog owners simply want to afford the luxury of individual care, others see these lessons as a useful addition to individual lessons. Most often, however, the experts are called because the dog and owner are no longer right.
A professional dog trainer, often a trained animal psychologist, is not cheap, but it is a wise investment. Because after ten hours of active lessons in a dog school or on a dog park, anyone who still has problems similar to those before the start of the lesson can no longer solve them alone. Before the dog-human team then inevitably breaks up, individual lessons in your own home and in the familiar environment are the only alternative in everyday (problem) situations.
The personal trainer will not order you to exercise – at least not in the first lesson – but insist on visiting you at home. He wants to see how you and your dog behave in the natural environment, whether you make elementary mistakes in handling, the hierarchy is not clarified, etc. Therefore, it makes no sense to pretend when you visit the trainer, for example, lying to him or the Avoid letting your dog on the couch to make a better impression.
If you do not present yourself from your best, but from your normal side, this is the fastest way for the trainer to recognize what is going wrong with you. Of course, he will not leave you alone, but will explain to you what is wrong and give you suggestions for improvement. The next step should then be a walk together, because that too is part of the natural environment. Here, too, the animal trainer will analyze your interaction with the dog, but also take corrective action and give tips.
After the first meeting with a personal trainer, you should at least have received a brief analysis of your situation and numerous tips for handling the dog and exercise instructions. How many hours you need in total depends on the severity of the problem and your willingness to work, because of course you have to practice diligently between the individual lessons. The personal trainer has this in common with the dog school: He can only give you a “timetable” for training your dog, unfortunately he cannot remove it from you.
(Author: Detlef Schönfelder)
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