Choosing a trainer and training methods can be one of the most important decisions you can make in your dog or puppy's life. The techniques that are used to training can strongly affect how you interact with your dog for the rest of their life. Training and socialization can have such a positive affect in helping your dog or puppy become a well rounded and confident canine companion. Depending on the methods and experiences it can have lasting negative affects too. Here are some guidelines to help make an informed decision. Always speak up for your dog and do not hesitate to ask questions when interviewing trainers.