Why In-Home Dog Training Is The Best by Burlington Dog Trainer
Throughout my professional dog training career here in Toronto, I have had vast experiences in all the different approaches and methods in canine behavioral modification. There are so many different types of programs that dog owners can enroll their pup in…sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming! At Maple Leaf Dog Training, I have a variety myself—from group obedience classes with the Practical Pet Protocol to even the newly-introduced expecting parents program, Cribs and Canines!
Still, even with all the different programs I have and may create in the future with Maple Leaf, I know that I will always offer in-home dog training for my clients. To me, in-home training is the guarantee for success.
To break down some of the more commonly available dog training programs out there, here’s a list to show all of their benefits, but ultimately explaining why in-home dog training is one of the most beneficial training approaches:
–Group classes: I offer group classes under the Practical Pet Protocol, which teaches basic obedience and shows owners how to teach their dogs and maintain their new learned behaviors both in the classroom and outside of it. Group classes are a great way for dogs to learn how to socialize, be desensitized to other people and dogs, and I know for owners, it brings some comfort to see other owners trying to teach their dogs appropriate behaviors. I think group classes are great and as a trainer of them, I enjoy and have a lot of fun with them! However, I don’t find it fun when I have to reject some dogs from entering into the group classes. Many trainers who run group classes find themselves telling owners that group classes would not be a good fit for their dog, and it’s usually true. If a dog is extremely leash reactive or suffers from severe anxiety or aggression, that is when I usually suggest to these owners to sign up for in-home training. A group setting for these dogs will not only set these dogs up for failure, but puts them and the other students at risk for failure or possible injury.
–Board & Train: A board and train program typically consists of a trainer taking in a dog (at the trainer’s boarding/training facility, at the trainer’s home, etc) for several weeks. The dog is trained throughout this time and once complete, they are returned to their owners fully trained. One of the biggest pros of this type of program is that the owner does not have to do much work during this training period. The biggest con is that it is usually very expensive. Now while it seems great that the owner isn’t really involved with the training, I find that to be extremely detrimental to the dog and their success. I tell both my group and in-home clients that I can easily take their dog home with me, train them for two weeks, and they can have the best dog ever. But even so, it doesn’t mean ANYTHING if the owner cannot handle their own dog and maintain the consistency of the training. Most of board and train programs will give follow-up instructions once the owner gets their dog back, but I know from my experiences, I have had a lot of clients that spent tons of money on a board and train program, and had to seek me out because in the end, the dog did not learn that the owner was the leader and still had to follow the better behaviors.
–In-home: What I offer and what I feel is best. I can say at least for my in-home training, it will eliminate the risks of any of the aforementioned problems of group classes and board and train. A dog that has mild or severe issues will get my full attention in a private in-home session. The dog begins in the home, in their most familiar environment, increasing the chances of the dog being able to focus better, especially since we have the opportunity to set things up where the dog can succeed more. The owner is NEVER taken out of the equation with my in-home training. They learn as much as the dog, and they not only learn how to administer commands or navigate a dog on the leash, but also to establish and maintain leadership in and out of the home. The way I set my training up is based on commitment, where an owner pays only once and if they remain a committed owner to their dog’s behavioral growth, then I stick with them until they reach their training goals! Essentially, if the owner is committed, they are guaranteed positive results!
In-home training builds relationships between trainer and owner, trainer and dog, and owner and dog. And it is all based on commitment, trust, and communication. I don’t beat around the bush and say that training a dog is an overnight experience. Training is a process, but as a committed reward-based dog trainer, I make sure my clients get the behavioral progress they want for their dog, and it all based on setting their dog up for success and eliminating opportunities for failure!
To learn more about ANY of my dog training programs, contact me at 800-649-7297!