Updated: Jan 20, 2021
The question may arise throughout the course of one's dog-owner life: "Why hire a dog trainer?"
Trainers have studied much that may be pertinent to your dog's well-being and behaviors. They will have, or at least ought to have, some knowledge of dog psychology & physiology, as well as several techniques for such activities as leash walking, leash pressure, and house training, etcetera. I myself, as a dog trainer, am always learning new things, and find the journey of acquiring new knowledge and skills exciting.
Choose a trainer that you like, whose personality fits well with yours. The job of a trainer is actually quite simple. Trainers are there to train your dog. However, every relationship has its beginning, middle and end. Your trainer should empower you and make you feel confident about how you will manage your dog after they leave the session.
I view training as a fun event both the trainer and owner should enjoy together. This being said, you also need a trainer, who will be straight with you and give you honest feedback. My own personal experience is that owners actually like feedback, and enjoy seeing progress. Whether small steps or large bounds, weekly conditioning will result in meaningful and positive differences in behavior.
It’s also very important to know that progress is not always a straight line. There will be bumps in the road, setbacks, and frustrations. All things trainers know, expect, and are willing to work with you, so long as you are willing to work with them.