In order to continue providing our clients with the best dog training service possible, we have decided to invest more time and effort into direct trainer/client (1:1) training programs.
Despite claims to the contrary, group training classes are generally not the best way to train the average family dog. Better, faster and more reliable results are achieved when the trainer’s full time and attention is focused on each individual dog and owner.
We will continue to offer a limited number of socialization programs and group classes for dogs who would benefit from these kinds of programs.
In trying to decide what training approach to take with your dog, the following factors favor private tutoring:
1. Very young puppies can start learning before their immunization status allows mixing with other animals in a group setting.
2. Baby puppies and small dogs can learn better when they aren’t fearful of larger dogs in the group.
3. Baby puppies and small dogs are not at risk from aggressive dogs in the group.
4. Young dogs can concentrate much better when they are not distracted by the social drive to be constantly playing with other dogs. This one factor (more than any other) is the main reason why owners should begin training their dog and building that primary relationship before putting their puppy into a position of becoming a “play junkie.”
5. All dogs have the opportunity to learn in a comfortable setting without distractions before being subjected to the distraction of a group of strange dogs and people.
6. It is easier for owners of high energy dogs to learn control when the dog can focus and is not being stimulated by the presence of other dogs.
7. Aggressive dogs can be taught to focus on their owner and the obedience can be done before putting them in a group setting. This reduces the risk to other dogs which they would have otherwise encountered had they started right out in a class setting.
8. For those who are short of time, in-home lessons save travel time to and from the school. It also means many fewer lessons will be required.
9. For those who work shifts, private lessons can be tailored to their schedule.
10. For those who are disabled, elderly, or without transportation, in-home instruction makes obedience lessons possible.
11. Specific behaviour issues can be identified and addressed better in a tutorial one-on-one environment than in a group setting.
12. When there are special needs or questions, a tutorial environment is more conducive to instructor - student interaction.
13. In-home problems, i.e. house soiling, going in the garbage, barking in the yard, charging guests at the door, jumping on people, nipping the children, stealing food, going on furniture, bothering others etc., can be addressed best in the setting where they occur.
14. Flexibility, flexibility, flexibility - For those who need flexibility, lessons can be at different times, on different days, and in different homes each week.
15. All family members can be involved much more easily.
16. We can provide exposure to other dogs, socialization, and the opportunity to test obedience control around other dogs in a much more controlled and manageable manner.
17. For results [i.e. established on and
goals], which often require two to three sets of group classes
to be achieved,
private tutoring costs less money over the long-term.
cost of 3 - 6 private lessons versus 16, 20 or even more weeks
and private instruction begins to make economic sense.