The dog educator is a very important reference figure for anyone who has a dog. However, not everyone is clear to whom and when it is really needed, just as it is not clear what should and should not be done. That is why I have decided to address this topic today.
I talked about it with Sara de Cristofaro, educator and trainer of diabetes alert dogs. We both agree that everyone thinks that turning to an educator is only necessary if you have problems with your dog. Well, that’s not the case. And now we will understand why.

  • When should you contact the dog trainer
  • What a dog educator does
  • The dog trainer is only for the first dogs
  • How do you relate to the dog educator
  • How serious, professionally trained dog educator works
  • The choice of the dog educator

When should you contact the dog educator
It is actually useful to contact the educator before taking a four-legged friend . A dog trainer can in fact help in choosing the most suitable dog, both in terms of breed and specific individual. If the choice was made independently, however, it is useful to call him when the puppy arrives home so as to start life together correctly.
Finally, it is in any case useful to discuss with the educator at any time in the dog’s life: the educator, in fact, helps to understand the animal, assists in its integration into the family, and gives useful advice for its practical management.
Obviously, contacting the expert is appropriate, not to say obligatory, when you have problems with the dog and if you are lucky it is also possible that the difficulty turns into an occasion. What a dog educator does
A dog educator helps to establish the relationship with the animal well and, in doing so, also allows to prevent the development of problems that can make coexistence difficult, sometimes even impossible. Furthermore, it helps in reading the dog during development, during entry into the house, during interactions with other dogs, in interactions with the surrounding environment and / or in new environments.
He teaches exercises and games to increase skills and communication and explains the use of toolsnecessary for the life of the dog such as the leash, the collar or the harness, the coat, the muzzle, the lead and so on.
Furthermore, the dog educator gives advice for the daily management of the dog and helps in dealing with possible new situations. He also notes any problematic behaviors or behaviors that could become problematic and guides them in their management. Then, of course, he recommends the work needed to improve difficult situations. In some problematic cases he also gets help from his own dogs, whose presence allows you to create new dynamics and helps the dog you want to support to develop new skills. The dog trainer is only for the first dogs
Another widespread idea is that the educator is exclusive to those who are at the first dog experience. In reality this is not the case. In fact, it is necessary to think that starting from the phase of life in which you take it up to the type of dog you take, everything means that with each dog it is a starting over .
Our changes, the dog’s character, its nature, its past and everything related to life in general makes the experience completely unique. Many problems emerge precisely because, despite having had dogs in the past, we do not consider the uniqueness of each experience. How to relate to the dog educator
Another fundamental aspect of the educator’s role is that he guides and accompanies but does not replace the masters. There are no “turnkey” solutions for which the educator, or presumed such, withdraws the dog from its owners and returns it after x days, or weeks, educated or trained.
The problems that arise with dogs are generally attributable to an inadequate life that the dog is made to live in, an inappropriate context in which it fits, inadequate owners and / or inadequate communication between humans and dog.
Therefore it is evident that to manage and improve the situation it is necessary to work with the owners and even when the problems are exclusively attributable to the dog, the owner still has the responsibility and the task of learning to manage it and being a solid support for the animal. in difficulty.
The role of the owners is so important that it can even be said that the educator works first with humans and then also with the dog. The first meeting generally serves the professional to understand who the dog is, who is its owner or his family, to know the house in which they live, the environments they frequent and the needs they have.
The times of the work together vary: each situation has its own. It can be said that time is what it takes for owners to get to know their dog, to communicate correctly with him / her, to read possible difficulties or problems, to apply what is needed to improve difficult situations. How serious, professionally trained dog educator works
A serious and prepared dog trainer has first of all respect for the dog . At the heart of his work is building a relationship of trust with the animal . The educator explains to the owners that each individual dog and each breed has its peculiarities and that it is the owners’ expectations that must adapt to who the dog is and not vice versa.
The good educator knows and recognizes that there are different skills and in case of need he also turns to other specialized figures . The educator does not educate the dog for the owners and does not solve problems for them; he cannot and does not perform miracles.
What the serious and prepared educator does not do
It does not propose or use punitive methods or aggressive strategies to manage the dog and does not introduce the dog in situations of serious difficulty for him / her as an “educational” strategy.
A serious dog educator does not punish the dog as if the punishment were an educational tool; he never hits the dog and doesn’t teach owners how to hit the dog. Again, he doesn’t talk about supremacy, dominance, pack leader or alpha in the relationship with the dog. Finally, he does not accept or satisfy requests from owners that create discomfort for the dog or are unfair for that particular dog or for dogs in general. The choice of the dog educator
It is clear from what is written above that the choice of the educator is very delicate because if you end up in the wrong hands there is the enormous risk of ruining the dog and forever impairing the deep bond that would naturally develop with him / her.
In case you are not convinced of the person you are with, it is better to change it: it is very important that the educator is in tune with both the family and the dog, it is better to start the search again and, knowing the conditions seen before , we proceed to seek advice from others until we find the right person.

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