It's a Dog's Life - Dog Training
Puppy training: Group classes or one to one?
When it comes to training your puppy, choosing between group classes or one to one dog training is a decision all owners have to make on behalf of their new family member. To make that decision it’s important to know that your puppy’s first 16 weeks are their critical learning period, this is when they learn more quickly and easily than they ever will again.
While group classes can be fun and help with socialisation and basic commands, they are not geared up to help with issues such as:
- toilet training
- crate training
- jumping up
- over excitable behaviour
- destructive chewing
- separation anxiety
Unwanted behaviour usually takes place in your home and is best dealt with there!
Importantly most puppy schools won't take puppies until two weeks after their 2nd vaccination, by which time your puppy has lost most of his priceless critical learning time. Furthermore, group classes are generally held in hired halls which can be short on space and often limit the number of family members able to take part in the training. Whereas It’s A Dog’s Life training takes place in your home, garden and/or park, enabling all the family to take part. This is vital as consistency is key with dog training.
Additionally group classes typically have only one trainer, and maybe an assistant, to teach many dogs of different ages and abilities and some puppies can get anxious and overwhelmed in this type of environment. One to one dog training in the comfort of your own home provides a safe and secure environment, with undivided attention, for you and your dog to learn and quickly put into practise the techniques with immediate results.
Moreover with so many of us leading busy lives I can arrange an appointment at a time that works for you and your family, including weekends and evenings. Taking only a couple of hours or so, typically I can show you how to effectively train your puppy in one session, as well as providing follow up support over the phone and email.
I firmly believe it will be far easier and quicker to train your puppy with 1-2-1 bespoke coaching tailored to meet the needs of you, your family and puppy in their own environment.
Please feel free to contact me for more information or give me a call if you’d just like to have a chat.