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How to Choose a Dog Trainer

It is strongly recommended that all puppies, regardless of breed or temperament attend at least a basic training class. This will not only help with socialization, which will result in a better adjusted dog, but it will also help you, as an owner learn the best ways to train your puppy at home and avoid many common pitfalls. Your dog will be a member of the family for many years to come. Teaching he or she to have good manners at an early age will only enhance this relationship for the life of your pet.

The following questions should be asked when choosing a trainer:

  • Is a positive reinforcement method used?
  • Will the whole family be involved in the training process?
  • Are the trainers licensed? (look for APDT certification)
  • What vaccines are required?
  • Can you observe a class prior to enrollment?

*Below is a list of some trainers that have been recommended by our clients. Shawsheen Animal Hospital does not recommend nor endorse any particular one. You are encouraged to do research, call around, and visit facilities prior to making a decision.

Nevins Farm-MSPCA

Methuen, MA

(978) 687-0056

Waggin’ Tail Dog Training Center

67 Broadway St.

Westford, MA


Gemini Dog Training

53-B Ayer Rd

Littleton, MA


Crazy Canines

Tewksbury, MA


Fingers and Paws Dog Training
Westford, MA