Benefits of Private Training over Group Training
When searching for a dog trainer, people have the option of choosinh between Private Training or attending a Group Class. Both have benefits, although we only offer private dog training, as we see the benefits far outweighing the benefits of group classes. Here is a list of some of the benefits:
In a Group Class, a trainer must give you general instructions on how to train your dog in a way that works for the majority of people. Many owners and dogs slip through the cracks because the method just isn’t quite right for them, or they don’t realize they are not quite doing something right. On top of that, you must work at the pace of the group: if your dog is more difficult to train, or you had a busy week, you may not be ready for the next steps that the trainer will tell you to take.
When you come to a Private Training class, the class is tailored specifically to you. What that means is that we make sure you understand and are able to properly perform the training methods for your dog. We can also use different approaches to find where you and your dog will excel the best. We don’t advance until you and your dog are ready to advance, and we don’t keep working on the command that your dog already knows and performs well and to your standards.
#2-Prevention Against Unforeseen Problems
When we first talk to a client to find out where their dog is at in terms of training and which problems the clients are facing, we ask many questions to help us to understand the exact situation. When asking about the current lifestyle and day to day life for the dog, we can frequently predict where problems might arise in the future, and make proactive recommendations in order to prevent there from ever being a problem.
#3-Training Where Your Dog is at his/her Worst
Too often, dogs have come to us that have been trained in a Group or Private Training class where the dog was trained inside of a facility. We are told that the dog does great and listens well when at the training facility, but is a whole different dog in other locations, such as at home or at the dog park. We train where it will most benefit the owner and the dog. This means that we will train with you in places such as your home, at the dog park, inside the pet store, going to the vet, or wherever else your dog is struggling, in order to help you to own a dog that is well-behaved and trained wherever you go. When we train with you, we also give you the tools to prepare you for any unexpected environments and to be confident that you will be able to have full control of your dog.
#4-Flexibility at Your Pace
If your dog is a slow or fast learner, it isn’t a problem. Training can be tailored to your own specific needs and it is just a matter of finding out what works best for each case. Some owners only need one training session to help where they are having troubles. Others need a bit more work. For those dogs who need more work, we set goals but we don’t schedule the next training appointment until the dog makes it to our next goal, or unless the owner needs some more help. This means that if you have a busy week or your dog is a bit of a slow learner, you don’t have to feel guilty or worry about not working at the pace of the rest of the class. There are also some very touchy commands where, even if you think your dog is ready to advance, we can help explain why the next step would be detrimental to you if we don’t feel that your dog knows the command well enough. This prevents screwing up commands like the “come” command before your dog has fully learned it.
The majority of our clients find that they start seeing unexpected results from training after the very first session. Common comments have been: “Did you switch dogs on us?” or “It’s like a whole new dog.” Not only are we able to directly work with your dog, which can greatly speed up the training process, but we can also tailor the entire training experience to you and your dog. This helps you gain lots of new knowledge, as well as only receiving the information relevant to your specific case.
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