IN-HOME TRAINING & PRIVATE LESSONS
In Home Training for many is a great alternative to group classes.
While the energy and distractions of a group class are very enjoyable for many dogs and handlers that same energy can be stressful for some dogs and therefore their handlers. The additional stress can stand in the way of learning and some handlers drop out of class. I have found that teaching “private lessons” is a better fit for many people and their dogs.
In home training is more expensive than a group class but you have the option of several lessons in a discounted package or a pay as you go option. While paying by the lesson may cost a little more, it allows you the freedom to schedule as your budget allows and with your schedule.
In home training is tailored to your individual needs and desires for the “well mannered dog” and that helps to determine the number of lessons required and reduces your cost.
Here are some of the advantages:
Training is tailored to your needs. Your dog may know sit and stay perfectly but his recall is horrible or his walking on a loose leash is a disaster. Your dog may need work on those household manners- jumping on you and your guests every time someone walks in the door. In home training can be designed to educate you how to handle those situations and begin to educate your dog on what you expect. Your homework will be customized for those specific areas that you consider the most important.
Everyone learns differently. Some people are very visual, some are very hands on and some prefer detailed written or oral instructions. In home training can be adapted to the handler’s learning styles to ensure your potential for understanding and in turn, helping your dog to understand.
Stress level of your dog. In home training takes advantage of where your dog is the most comfortable and with the fewest distractions. This allows your dog to learn the foundations and gain confidence in a neutral setting. Then as your dog gains confidence begin to introduce outside distractions.
In home training allows the trainer to see any issues with their own eyes not just advising or offering training techniques based on the handler’s description. The trainer can pick up on small details that are happening with the dog and in the home environment and, therefore, develop a more accurate plan of action before it becomes something more serious.
In home training is more flexible with your schedule. Time is a valuable asset and it can be difficult for some to commit to a 6 week training class and may conflict with family activities or other training classes. In home training can be scheduled at more convenient and varying times.
If you can’t afford a private package then pay for one or two lessons to start, you will always be given written homework that reviews the exercises and cues that have been outlined and then when your budget allows or you feel you are ready for another lesson you can arrange one.
Remember, the goal of in home training is not to fix every concern or train every command in one lesson. The goal is to explain to the handler why a training technique works and how to achieve it. This gives the handler a tool in their tool belt with which to work.
There are many different training opportunities and all have their advantages and disadvantages. In home training has proven to be a very effective and enjoyable arena for training your dog.