Although dog trainers are guided by LIMA, Least Invasive and Minimal Adversive methods, it does not mean all of us interpret these the same way. As stated in the video it is important to educate yourself and ask the right questions to find the right trainer for you. Sadly, this woman and her dogs were subjected to outdate and cruel methods.
Here are my tips:
- For behavioral issues seek out a certified trainer, that does continue education, which is science based. Certifications through IAABC, The Academy for Dog Trainers or CCPDT are a good place to start your search. CSAT for those working with Separation Anxiety is another reputable credential.
- Ask them their background in the specific behaviors and how many cases they have worked.
- Asked what tools they use, when and why. For example I use muzzles for aggression cases.
- Google them, and look them up in Ecourts. Have they have been charged with animal cruelty? Which is hard to prove in most states, so a charge is often all you need to know, to look elsewhere.
- Look at their social media. Do the dogs in their care of access to beds, if in a kennel, do they have water? Are their 5 freedoms being honored?
- Freedom from hunger and thirst
- Freedom from discomfort
- Freedom from pain, injury or disease
- Freedom to express normal behavior
- Freedom from fear and distress
- Ask for references
- If you are looking to sport training, find those that have titled more than one dog at a level or levels higher than you. Also, ask their methods to make sure it aligns with how you want to train your dog before booking with them.
Please note these questions are just a starting point. Learn more here: chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://vet.osu.edu/vmc/sites/default/files/files/companion/behavior/finding-a-qualified-trainer-or-behavior-consultant-1.pdf