With all the information about dog training available in books and online, you may be wondering if professional dog training is really worthwhile. What’s the difference between training your dog yourself and hiring someone else to train them? 

Whether you have a new puppy or an adult dog with behavioral issues, there are several reasons why you should seek a professional trainer. At East Valley Animal Hospital, we know how important it is to take good care of your dog both physically and mentally. Here’s why we think that professional dog training is worth the time and money.

Your Dog Has Unique Needs

Knowing exactly what kind of training will work for your dog can be challenging, and that’s where a professional dog trainer can help. For example, blind or deaf dogs will need a different style of training than the average dog. There are trainers who specialize in all types of training for all types of dogs. 

Certain trainers also specialize in specific dog behavior issues. Rather than trying to determine the best way to train your dog, a trainer can analyze your dog’s particular needs and create a structured training plan for your dog.

Training Your Dog Is Stressful

Sometimes training your dog can be a stressful experience for both of you. The emotional tension and stress can interfere with proper training and even make the problem worse. If your dog has a behavior issue stressful for you to deal with, it’s wise to get help from someone else. 

Your dog may find it easier to learn from someone they are less emotionally tied to. For the results of training to last long term however, you may have to consider your relationship with your dog and how to make it more stable and less stressful. A professional trainer can guide both you and your dog on a path to a healthier relationship. 

Your Dog Has a Specific Behavioral Issue

It’s not uncommon for adult dogs to have a behavior issue or two that’s difficult to remedy. Common problems like pulling on the leash or reacting aggressively to other dogs are difficult habits to break. Re-training your dog can be challenging, especially if you don’t know exactly how to go about it. 

This is where professional dog training can be incredibly helpful. With a specific issue to tackle, the trainer can focus their time and training on resolving that primary issue. There are often a number of factors as to why your dog has this issue, and a trainer can help you identify what those may be, and prevent the problem from returning in the future. 

You Got A New Puppy

One of the best ways to ensure you have a happy and well behaved dog is to start forming good behavior when they are a puppy. As tempting as it can be just to want to cuddle and spoil your new little family member, training and socialization are incredibly important at this stage.

Many of the issues adult dogs have stem from improper training or lack of training as puppies. Working with a professional trainer when your dog is young will ensure that you get a well behaved, well adjusted adult dog. 

A Holistic Approach to Caring for Your Pet

Training and socializing are important if you want to have a happy dog, and so is proper health care. If you are looking for a vet in the Gilbert, Arizona area, East Valley Animal Hospital would love to connect with you. From puppies to senior dogs, we care about your pet’s well being at all their stages of life. Call 480-568-2462 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today.

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