Session 103: Interview with Dog Trainer Michael Wombacher
Mike has trained dogs for over 25 years, including dogs of celebrities, and is an author and lecturer. He is the author of Good Dog, Happy Baby: Preparing Your Dog for the Arrival of Your Child, There’s A Puppy In The House: Surviving the First Five Months, and has another coming soon.
We discuss how Mike got started in the dog training business and what methods of training inspired him to explore more in the business. We talk about some key factors for people who are trying to find a good trainer. What to ask, what to look for, etc.
We talk about how social media has changed the judgement for how trainers approach critical training scenarios such as how they respond to babies, and considering options for rehoming. We talk about recent belief in “purely positive” methods.
Mike cites a few interesting examples and talks about misinformation regarding studies; whether it’s a summary that over simplifies or flawed studies that then become spread as fact.