May 9, 2010, 9:15 AM
Post #12 of 12
Sorry for the very late reply. I didn't see your question until just now!
I believe there are no schools for dog trainers here in Malaysia. You do not need to go to school to learn how to train dogs & you certainly do NOT need to be "certified" to be one. Being "certified" just means you PAID someone to teach you a method or you printed out your own certificate from your computer. It has nothing to do with the ability to train dogs.
Dog training is exactly the same as singing, dancing, art & even mathematics. I feel that a "natural affinity" with dogs, getting in tune with them, understanding where they are coming from, being on the same page as them, is the same as having a flair of writing, a natural ability to sing or dance or paint well or even doing complicated advanced mathematics. It is an inborn ability that you cannot learn in school & no amount of paper "certification" proves that you are good in your chosen field.
An example is, going for singing lessons. I have seen students who go for classes but when they pass with a certificate, they don't sing with feeling although they can probably sing in tune & in time. But mind you, art cannot actually be taught. If you are born tone death or you don't have a natural rhythm in your body, you won't be able to sing or dance no matter how many course you go for & that's the sad truth. And so, I feel it is the same with dog training. You either have it or you don't.
There are many "non-certified" great trainers. In fact there are more non-certified trainers that I would spend a bit of money to learn their techniques. Why? Because they have proven themselves by actually training their dogs for many types of work. I would not be interested in a trainer that has only trained two dogs or who is only into "All Positive" training and/or has not proven their training through competition.
Oh & about "Behaviorists", don't even get me started! A REAL trainer is a Behaviorist & doesn't require the extension on their title. People that know a method (or several methods) but can't train a dog, call themselves "Behaviorists".
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(This post was edited by GoldenAddict on May 9, 2010, 9:36 AM)