Why you shouldn't ask Dr. Google or Dr. Facebook
Anyone who's been to School, college or University will remember this well. "Don't you dare use Wikipedia for your homework!"
Because Wikipedia is written by anyone and everyone with an opinion. An opinion is not fact and can also be dangerous.
Wikipedia is not fact checked or regulated just like the Dog Training industry.
Anyone can claim to have years of experience without ever even having owned a Dog of their own or training their mates Dogs.
Its hard to prove how long someone really has been in Business unless you pain stakingly spend time going through all their photos on their page and checking the date stamps.
Many people set up as either Dog Trainers or Behaviourists with no experience or qualifications or incomplete or incorrect qualifications.
This leaves many people frustrated and upset when they have spent hard earned money and got no results or their Dogs behaviour has worsened.
People may well be well meaning and people on Facebook or Google may also be well meaning however you pay for what you get.
Does your Dog deserve that or do they deserve better?
Lots of people get cross GPs refer to a book to check on prescriptions before prescribing however a GP cannot possibly retain every single drug and their side effects and combinations in one brain. Hence fact checking.
This is very similar for Qualified Dog Trainers and Behaviourists which is why it is vital they not only continue CPD but are also happy to show this to Clients as well as their original qualifications they claim to have.
The Industry is changing and many Dog Trainers and Behaviourists seek affiliation and accreditation from organisations to be held accountable and genuine through a panel of their peers and more qualified persons.
The main one being now the Dog Training and Behaviour charter. If your Dog Trainer or Behaviourist is with the Charter you know that they have been rigourosly checked and interviewed to be able to be on the charter.
This is vital for your knowledge and comfort for your Dog to guarantee force free up to date knowledge and an individual who accepts that they too are always learning.
Facebook and Google can't give a diagnosis, nor can well meaning people. But qualified and accredited individuals can.
It maybe costly but there is the guarantee of the service your recieveing and a safety in the knowledge of who your working with.