Our Dog Trainers Are Experienced and Certified by Leading Dog Training Organizations
This is the first of two blog posts that outline the standards and methods used at Tropical Dog Training
There are many things to consider when you’re looking for a dog trainer, or you could be wasting your time and money and, even worse, doing more harm than good to your relationship with your dog. So you must evaluate not only the trainer and his or her experience with and affinity for dogs. You must also consider the training methods being used and whether or not the training program is focused on results rather than a set period of time or number of lessons.
In this post, we’ll discuss our trainers’ experience and education. We’ll cover our dog training methods — formulated using peer reviewed research and found to be the most effective yet gentle way to make almost any dog into a model canine companion — in our next post.
At Tropical Dog Training, we believe that “Great Dogs Deserve a Special Trainer.” It’s why our trainers have certifications from the leading organizations in the dog training industry. Since there is no federal or state license required for dog trainers and no federal or state governing body that sets standards for dog trainers, it’s up to owners to do their research. For that reason, we recommend finding out what training organizations your prospective dog trainer is a member of and what their standards of conduct and ethics require. Dog owners also need to ask for information about a trainer’s educational background, level of experience and references from former and current clients.
Most important, though, is a trainer’s genuine respect for animals and concern for their welfare.
Our lead trainer, Steve, (link to bio) is a Certified Dog Trainer by the Animal Behavior College (ABCDT) and is in the final stage of completing a master’s degree in animal behavior. As well, he is a professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and the Association of Companion Animal Behavior Counselors. Steve also completed an externship at the prestigious Best Friends Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.
Steve is a considered a leader in the dog training industry, having formulated dog training programs based on his “Positive E-Forcement” (link to training blog once it’s written and posted) training that get results in ways that build on the way dogs learn naturally.
More than that, Steve loves dogs and genuinely cares about their welfare. And it shows. Two- and four-legged clients enjoy working with him, and many dog owners have written testimonials and reviews based on their experiences with Tropical Dog Training. We’re happy to share these with you and well as provide references upon request.
At Tropical Dog Training, we welcome questions about our staff, our methods and our facilities. Contact us today to discuss how we can help you have a companion dog that you can be proud of.