Day Training is when the dog trainer does the actual work of training your dog – not you. In traditional dog training, the trainer acts as a coach, coaching you through how to train your dog yourself. Then you practice with your dog every day, sometimes multiple times a day. Then you see the trainer again the next week and she coaches you through something new and you go off to practice it. Sometimes, it looks so easy when she does it, but it’s so very hard to get the timing right when you try. (And timing is THE most important thing in dog training.) Sometimes, you just can’t get the motions right. Sometimes, a busy life gets in the way and you don’t get to practice as you were supposed to and your dog doesn’t learn what he was supposed to that week and you fall behind.
So, why can’t I just train the dog for you? I can! It’s called Day Training. It is NOT “board-and-train” which is where the dog has to go live at the trainer’s home or kennel. No! Your dog stays right where he should be – at your home. I come to your home 3 or 4 times a week and work with him. Training goes faster because it’s very efficient and effective, and you don’t have to do the time-consuming job of training. I take on, for you, all the repetitive and technical work involved in training your dog. After all, think about it this way: Imagine you had a huge leak in your home and you called a plumber. He came in, looked it over, explained what needed to be done in great detail, left all the new pipes and fittings there on your living room floor, and said “Okay! So go to it. I’ll be back next week to check on how you did”; you would think the man insane. You would expect him, the one who has learned his craft, to do the work! Not coach YOU how to.
But wait! Everyone says if I don’t train my own dog, he won’t listen to me! He’ll only listen to the trainer!!
That is 100% NOT true. It’s the most common misconception about Day Training. The key to being sure your dog will listen to you and your family members is this: I come to your home once a week when you are all there, and show you what your dog has learned that week, and teach each one of you (if applicable) how to ask for and reinforce the new behaviors. It’s called a “transfer session” – basically transferring the dog’s training to you. Want proof it works? Think of guide dogs. Guide dogs are NOT trained by the blind owner. They are trained by professional trainers. Then the trainers teach the blind person how to use the dog’s training and keep him trained. That’s the key that makes this work. Your dog will indeed work as well for you as he does for me.
- Convenient – You don’t have to carve out time every day to train and practice with your dog.
- Efficient and effective – Most people don’t have the time or inclination to train their own dogs – that’s why there are dog trainers! When a professional trainer with many years experience trains, it’s faster and highly effective.
- You do not need to learn an entirely new skill set and struggle through learning something that doesn’t always come easy.
If you’d like to talk more about Day Training for your dog, please contact me so I can answer any further questions you have!