2. In-depth knowledge of breeds, and their particular characteristics, development, motivation, original purpose and genetics.
3. A vast knowledge and personal ‘hands-on’ experience in the many disciplines of dog sports.
4. Behaviour and training knowledge – to enable basic problem-solving.
5. A practical working knowledge of many different positive reinforcement training methods is essential to ensure that a method is found to suit each individual puppy and owner.
6. Knowledge of puppy and dog health, care, hygiene and management.
7. A reasonable knowledge of ‘other’ species of animals for inter- species interactions and the various problems that could occur with such interactions.
8. Good communication and ‘people’ skills.
9. An open mind and a sense of humour.
For more information on finding a good puppy school, go to the Animal Behaviour Consultants of Southern Africa website for details of a reputable school in your area: www.animal-behaviour.org.za.