Owning a pet may require hiring a trainer

Owning a pet may require hiring a trainer »Play Video
Puppies can be a handful
Is a new puppy on your wish list this Christmas?

You better be prepared.

Up to 8 million pets are abandoned in U.S. shelters each year, according to the Humane Society. Many times, it’s because owners are just too overwhelmed by bad behavior.

In today’s Angie’s List report, how hiring a dog trainer can be of help.

"Training a dog takes both the commitment from you and your pet,” said Angie’s List Angie Hicks. “We had a lab that was really hyper. She was a young puppy and it eventually required us to send her to training. They would run her on the treadmill and teach her obedience training, but it didn't stop with that. We had to learn all of those things as well and be great re-enforcers once she was home."

"Every trainer has taken Foxy to the next step further to correct her behavior and aggression problems,” said Pet Owner Carol Lowe. “Most recently, Tiffany recommended the remote collar for Foxy which has made a huge difference. Foxy is like a cured dog now. So, it's been really great."

"We take puppies as soon as they are able to take their first vaccinations,” said Trainer Tiffany Lambert. “It's never really too early to start training the puppy and teach them good behaviors."

"Even though she looks more like a golden, her personality is more like a border collie, so then they tailored the training to that personality of a dog, and that's what has really helped so much," said Lowe.

"We definitely believe that there is a difference between a taught trainer and a natural trainer,” said Lambert. “So when we think about adding a trainer to our team we can consider the fact that they may be a natural trainer, somebody that thinks outside of the box, somebody that is up with all the modern training styles and techniques that is going to advance in this industry."

"One word of caution when it comes to hiring a pet trainer: you need to do your homework because there is not a single source of licensing for pet trainers,” said Hicks. There are certainly certifications that pet trainers can receive so check on those. How long have they been training and what is their experience with the type of animal that you have? How is the trainer going to help with the transition of you being the one who is in charge of your pet?"

Puppies can enroll in training as soon as they’ve had their necessary vaccinations.

Angie’s List said you should consult with your veterinarian before hiring a trainer to rule out a physical cause for behavior issues.