The internet is a great way to communicate and to share information, however there is a vast variety of information available to us, which may or may not be suitable for you and your dog. Before asking for help, tips or suggestions, please take into consideration the following: Training Methods: Everybody has their own unique way of training dogs; some methods are widely accepted while others are somewhat controversial. It is important to consider that each reply you receive will reflect on the authorâ€™s training methods. Proper Evaluation: Being aware of the factors which cause a behavioral problem can be challenging. Dogs interpret situations and circumstances differently than we do. It is important to look at each situation as if you were your dog. Different Dogs: Your dog is individually different from all other dogs; his breed, size, sex and temperament are influencing factors into what makes him unique. It is important to note that your dog might respond differently to a training technique than another. Experience: Following the directions of a training technique is sometimes harder than it seems. Things donâ€™t always go according to the plan, and your dog may react very differently than directed. Having experience with dog training enables you to make appropriate changes while still getting the desired result. We currently live in the information age, and there are numerous opinions and training techniques out there. It is up to you to decide what is appropriate for you and your dog. If you are not comfortable training your dog with a certain technique, simply ask for another one. While I believe that training our dog ourselves is often the best way to go â€“ there are times where seeking professional help can help tremendously. A dog behaviorist will evaluate your problem correctly and assign you with a training plan suitable for you and your dog. Spending the money is often well worth it, especially if you are new to owning a dog. I appreciate that you are taking the time to read this â€“ I will look forward to your questions and concerns.