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Old 04.04.2017, 17:33
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Dog trainer in Bern area?

Dear all

I am looking for a trainer in the Bern area for our dog. We have started positive reinforcement training using a clicker before we arrived here and saw great results.

I am looking for someone here to continue to work with and would appreciate any recommendations.

Our dog is 3 years old, adopted and has great anxiety around other dogs.

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Re: Dog trainer in Bern area?

I'm afraid I don't know anyone in Bern, but to get you started until someone who does comes along...

Are you looking for someone in Bern city or elsewhere in the canton?

A well known clicker trainer is the lady who runs the www.clicker.ch website:
https://www.hundeherz.ch/schaufenste...ng-der-schweiz

She is in 4573 Lohn-Ammannsegg, which is canton Solothurn not too far across the border from Bern.

If that is too far for you, perhap you could contact her to see if she knows of a dedicated clicker trainer in your area who would be a good fit for you and your dog.

Another place to start is Certodog, an umbrella organization for dog training education and further qualifications. They keep a list of member dog schools, you can sort by canton:
http://www.certodog.ch/infos/hundeschulen/

Note that all Certodog trainers should be positive reinforcement trainers, but not all will use clicker methods. You will want to see for yourself how any trainer you are interested in works, what philosophy the trainer subscribes to, watch their methods for yourself.

Now that we no longer have federal dog training requirements (which produced at least a list of recognized trainers who were all supposed to subscribe to positive reinforcement) it's pretty much 'caveat emptor'. So do your due diligence!

Always watch a lesson before you enroll, watch how the trainer works with other dogs and their owners. Then ask for a trial lesson with your own dog. Make sure you feel comfortable with the trainer, make sure you share the same values.

Hopefully some of the Bern contingent will be along soon.

All the best to you and your dog.
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Re: Dog trainer in Bern area?

Many thanks Meloncollie - great advice.

Will let you know what I come up with.

Very best wishes
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