“Do you know a cheap,fast and good dog trainer?” We hear this a lot. It is a common question and there is a simple answer to it: No. Please, let’s think about this for a second: What is a good,fast and cheap dog trainer? Someone who makes your dog sit,lie down,stay, heel and come as fast as possible? First you might think, YES, absolutely! The thing is, that everything comes with a price and in this case it’s likely your dogs mental health.
Regardless of what your friends cousins neighbor said or whomever else, you don’t have to put your pet dog for two months into a “training school” to be electrocuted, choked and rough-handled into obedience. Despite the big chance that you will get back a disturbed, fearful and apathetic dog, it also is not that cheap for getting such depressing results.
What if we told you that you don’t need any trainer to teach your dog obedience. If you don’t have the budget to hire a decent & positive ( why positive?) trainer who trains mainly YOU how to train your dog, don’t worry: there are some amazing youtube channels to guide you! It’s not a big deal, thousands of people worldwide successfully train their dogs themselves. You will not only learn how to train your dog but also build a strong bond between the two of you. And this knowledge you acquire will stay with you and be useful for all dogs you will ever have. No school can do that for you.
The “bad” news is, that you have to be patient and invest time in training your dog. But it will be worth it. You will be proud of your accomplishments.
1. Zak George ( #1 Most Subscribed Dog Trainer on YouTube )
In Zak’s Channel dog parents will find videos on a variety of topics ranging from puppy basics to advanced tricks. His charismatic,fun persona and his emphasis on positive training with the goal to establish a great human-dog communication makes it enjoyable to watch his videos, however the advertisements are a little disruptive at times. Become part of the Dog Training Revolution:)
Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Why is this guy staring into the camera like he’s trying to hypnotize you? We don’t have an answer. But what we do know, is that Tab Shamsi’s channel provides valuable lessons for obedience and leash training as well as some fun tricks. Also it might be an eye opener for all these Lebanese macho guys who believe that their oh so strong and pure German Shepherd can only be trained in a harsh and forceful manner.
Trainer Alex Antoniazzi’s videos are few in number but cover some interesting topics such as “warning signs” for dog aggression, how to stop a dog from running out of the door, jumping as well as separation anxiety. It’s very enjoyable to watch his videos as he speaks in a fun and comprehensible manner.
Maybe you know this very talented lady from the dog training show “It’s Me or the Dog” on Animal Planet ( which is definitely recommended for entertainment purposes! ) but she also has a lot of useful Q&A videos for you on her youtube channel “Ask Victoria” that you shouldn’t miss out on.
Swedish dog trainer Emily Larlham is the woman behind Kikopup, one of the most comprehensive and thorough youtube dog training channels out there. The Kikopup channel ideal for beginners to positive reinforcement training as it has plenty of detailed videos on the building basic obedience behaviours but also has a lot of amazing trick tutorials to offer.
Grisha is best known for her Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT). If you are one of the many people who live with a reactive dog, checking out her channel is a must as she specializes in socialization, aggression/fear rehabilitation
Pamela Marxsen’s channel has so many videos to offer, that every dog parent can find something useful. You will find heaps of step-by-step examples of the most and the least common dog training skills as well as agility and physical rehabilitation exercises (after injuries).
This said, if your dog has serious behavioral issues like aggression, it is recommended for you to see a experienced trainer/ behaviorist. But again, there is no quick fix, rehab takes time. If you can’t afford a good trainer in Lebanon, don’t just hire someone. It can always get worse.