Tubular Toby wrote:Initially, I want to say no. For a few reasons. Depending on which agency or association was in charge of the test would have a huge impact on my answer. There is no way the test would be unbiased, and with as many styles of training there are, how would you design a test to compensate for this?
In a perfect world, people would be educated and choose a dog trainer based on this principle. Yes, right now anyone can call and market themselves as a dog trainer. But as a potential client, you should educate yourself to know what sort of credentials you want your trainer to have, what experience, what training style. Unfortunately, there is not a one size fits all training method, as we all know. A test would require that all trainers fit neatly inside a designated box, and frankly, I don't like that.
furever_pit wrote:I think it boils down to consumer responsibility. People want everything easy, they want some organization to do the research for them and tell them who to go to see. If you want to train your dog, go look at some trainers. It's really not that hard. Sure you (general you, not anyone in particular) may make some mistakes along the way, I sure know I did, but you will learn from it and be a better trainer and handler because of it.
TheRedQueen wrote:Buyer beware...
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