Private training is when the training takes place in your home. It differs from Day Training in that the trainer does not do the training; she coaches you how to do it effectively. In private training, you need to practice at least once a day (better if it’s multiple times a day for short periods) in order for your dog to learn what you’re teaching. I liken it to learning to play the piano. If you only play for the hour that the teacher is there, you will never learn to play the piano. You have to practice every day. Same thing with dog training!
Advantages of Private Training:
- My attention will be focused on you and your dog only – there are no other dogs/handlers there.
- We can customize what you want to teach your dog – it’s not a set curriculum in most cases.
- I come to your home, so no need for you to make time to travel to me.
Disadvantages of Private Training:
- The biggest disadvantage is that your dog doesn’t learn to work around the distraction of people he doesn’t know and other dogs. Sometimes dogs are beautifully behaved at home, but when you get them out and about, they “forget” everything. This is why I always suggest that people follow private training with a group class.
- The cost is higher for private lessons than for a group (where, essentially, the group shares the cost).
And of course, contact me with any questions!