When I asked agility students what they thought, they all came back with similar traits:
- An expert. (knowledge/experience)
- Provides positive reinforcement to the students (not just the dogs).
- Give clear instruction enabling the person to complete the exercise correctly.
- Provides demonstrations with student dogs or dogs at the same level.
- Does not work their dogs during class.
- Helps each person at their own level
- Fun/Humor - students are coming out to enjoy themselves after all
- Flexibility- being able to make training plans appropriate for different individuals and what those individuals goals might be.
- An agility instructor knows that teaching people to train their dogs is what it is all about
- Provide information about what the next steps are (e.g., where am I going with all this foundation?)
- Interview the trainer over the phone.
- Go out and observe a couple classes.
- Shop around to select a class that works for you.
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