Choosing A Dog Trainer/Club
It is an unfortunate fact that in the UK anybody can call themselves a dog trainer! There is no legal central accreditation programme for dog trainers, so it really is a case of buyer beware! There are a number of organisations or bodies out there that that claim to be the governing body of dog trainers and there are a number of organisations who run courses, but in the UK there is currently no legal standard. We have compiled some notes below to help you choose a dog trainer.
When choosing a Dog Trainer make sure they are members of the Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme For Instructors (KCAI) this is the only externally verified City & Guilds Dog Training Instructors qualification. All of Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust instructors are on members of the scheme.
There are three main types of dog trainers, in the UK:
Kennel Club Registered & Listed, Societies & Clubs
(We Recommned This Type Of Training Provider)
These are clubs and societies which are registered with The Kennel Club. The Kennel Club is the UK governing body for dog shows and competitions The Kennel Club also register national societies and clubs. These clubs are bound by Kennel Club Rules, although this is club registration only, and not the clubs trainers. Most trainers at these societies and clubs, do it voluntarily because they are experienced, have a passion and want to help others learn their hobby. Because the club is bound by regulation, you can ensure that the club maintains itself to the required level, and by default their trainers should also be at that level. These are the best places to start. Another benefit of training at a Listed or Registered Club/Society is that trainers very often come up through the ranks, under experienced trainers, and are approved by the clubs own committee. The Central Bedfordshire Canine Trust is itselft a Kennel Club Listed Status Organisation.
Private Dog Trainers
Private dog trainers are those who hold group or one-to-one training and do it for personal gain (profit). Many of them are very good, but allot more aren't. They are normally motivated by money alone. Many will rattle off qualifications and accreditations, but do not be baffled with science. Question instead their experience and knowledge. Many private trainers have had minor success or might have worked in kennels or a vets, and think that looks easy. Another problem with this type of "one man band" operation is that they normally do not have a support network in place. So for instance the Trust has a team of trainers and support staff and volunteers, so emergency stand ins can be organised as well as people being there to assist you and the class trainer during classes.
Residential Dog Schools
These are becoming more popular, however if we had a pound for every person who has told us they sent their dog away, and it didn't work, we would be millionaires! Residential schools are normally in association with a kennel or similar. You send your dog away, they wave a magic wand for a few weeks and send it back to you fully trained. Sound too simple? it is!
The trouble is that its not just the dog that needs training, but its you to! You need to learn and bond together. Any experienced dog trainer can take any dog and after a few days or even hours, get it to obey HIS commands. But all to often when it comes back the dog thinks great! I am home again! and revert to his/her old ways, after all he didn't obey you before you before he went, so why should he now?
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You can find details of other Kennel Club Registered/Listed Dog Training Providers in Bedfordshire and whether or not they are members of the City & Guilds verified Kennel Club Accredited Instructors Scheme, by clicking here.
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