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Things to Keep in Mind When Finding a Professional Dog Trainer

What to consider before deciding on a professional dog trainer for your gun dog and hunting needs.

Things to Keep in Mind When Finding a Professional Dog Trainer
It is just as important to find a trainer who can help you learn as it is to find one who can help your dog learn. (Photo courtesy of Venee Gardner)

Dog trainers can be an interesting breed. Over the years, I have come to know many, many gun dog trainers, and among those I’ve met, many have really impressed me. Others have gone about their training in ways I don’t fully agree with but have produced some great dogs and in turn some very happy customers, nonetheless. Sadly, some have also proven to be outright untrustworthy, and as a result, have developed bad reputations that spread quickly in the small landscape that is gun dogs. Rare, however, is the dog trainer who isn’t pretty darn confident in their methodology.

The individual who sets out to find a trainer should consider the process thoughtfully and...

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