Whether you acquired your dog as a young pup, from a shelter or a rescue group, every dog deserves the opportunity to become the best he can be. Through training, your dog learns how to behave appropriately in the home and in different environments or situations. You learn the tools that enable you to effectively communicate with your dog and build trust and understanding. It is never “too soon” or “too late” to begin training. In fact, if you began training your 8 or 10 week old puppy as soon as he was in your home, you would be amazed at how much he can learn! It is a sad statistic that far too many dogs are surrendered to shelters because of “bad” behavior, when often it is simply lack of training. It is our responsibility as dog owners to make the commitment to our pet for life, as we would with any other family member.
Here’s some fun facts about Certified Trainer Rayna Barker, CPDT-KA:
- — Has been training dogs for over 20 years.
- — Has trained her own dogs for obedience and agility competition.
- — Conducts a training program at a local L.A. City shelter.
- — Was the recipient of the “2008 Volunteer of the Year Award” from the City of Los Angeles.
- — Is a Mentor Trainer for the Animal Behavior College.
- — Volunteers her time and expertise to various rescue organizations.
- — Appears monthly on a local cable TV show advising on training and behavior issues.
- — Is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).
“As a professional dog trainer, it is my goal to educate people on the humane and positive ways to train their dog. Training is about communication. It is about developing a relationship of trust and understanding. English is not your dog’s first language, so you need to learn how to communicate in an effective way that your dog will understand and learn. Training should be enjoyable and rewarding for both dog and owner. There is no dog too young, too old or too “dumb” that can’t be trained. They are all individuals, just like we are!”