|Barked: Mon Nov 26, '12 12:59am PST |
|Ah, because they can meet goals. That's what they have proven. What do you want from your pet? Do you want him to happily answer your commands? Behave in a public setting? Ok then, they certainly can do that. Not only can they do that, but they can do that succeeding over others, in a non subjective way, trying to do the same thing.
I mean, in the horse world, this would be unheard of. I train pet horses? I am laughing as I type that. "I like my horsies and they are really happy and I can help you, too!" That is unfathomable to me, and would be unfathomable to almost any horse person. You go to someone whose skill and aptitude is the difference between making their mortgage or not. Who go up against others and excel, with a judge's scorecard to say so.
If all you want is someone who has a happy pet, then why not find a someone at Petco who has that (you see this as they walk their dog around the store) and will do it for free? Why not go to that rather interesting elderly woman who has had her Pyrs and Samoyeds as therapy dogs....they obviously must be pretty cool, and she is certainly looking for ways to occupy her time, and say "hey, will you help me train my dog." And you wouldn't pay a cent.
That's why it is not a good criteria, IMO. As you are looking for something that many an average pet owner could offer, if their dog was happy, or whatever thing you were looking for. What are you PAYING for? Why not ask yourself that question. For if it is "their dog is happy," plenty of pet owners qualify. Whereas if you go to a competitive trainer, then you are paying for their expertise of turning out one good dog after another, as affirmed outside of some subjective venue. They have, certified, a skill superior to others gunning for the same thing. That's someone who knows their sh*t. To see a trainer with a happy and well behaved dog....maybe they do, or maybe they are well matched to their dog. How do you know, and how is that superior to what the happy dog at Petco's owner could offer? Just because their dog is happy doesn't represent the depth of their skill.
That they are well matched to their pet is the only thing you know. Beyond that....anything is guesswork. Would they be well matched to YOURS? How do you know? You don't. That's why the competitive thing has value, particularly when you get into a Balabanov or the Iditarod-field trial-Schutzhund-conformation trainer. You aren't talking about one happy and perhaps well matched pet. You are talking about people who deliver in multiple venues with very differing dogs.
Now conversely, judging how a pet trainers CLIENTS feel....then that is something to pay for. Because you know people go there, have a good time, and have success. That's a far more important bar to judge. Because that is what you are paying for....to have a good time and have success. And granted, some pet trainers are very good at helping to ensure such an experience. So that's your bang for your buck, and something the therapy dog woman could not offer you in any sort of palpable way. You don't know if she'd be any good teaching you, whether or not her dogs act nice. Whereas a beloved area pet trainer, then this you know. So this you pay for and sense some value in what you are laying down the bucks for.
If you want to go throwing money at someone as a reward for having a happy dog, then ok Because that's what you'd be doing. They don't have YOUR dog, and the fact that THEIR dog is happy is, at least potentially, pretty irrelevant. Whereas, if they have a proven track record to deal with any venue better than anyone else, or if they have a proven track record of clients who find success and enjoyment training with them....ok, then that is what you are paying for.
Edited by author Mon Nov 26, '12 1:17am PST
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