At DogBoy’s we offer a wide variety of training types, including, but not limited to:
With so many options to choose from, it can be a little daunting to determine which type of dog training is the best fit for you and your dog. Here’s our guide to help you decide whether group training is the right choice for you and your dog.
Group Training Is Great For General Training, NOT For Addressing Specific Problems
Group training is designed for people who want to do fun things with their dogs. This could be anything from basic obedience to tricks or exercises. Group training works best when everyone is on the same page.
If you have a dog with problem behaviors it’s better to address them with private lessons beforehand. Your dog will not get the attention or direction that they need in a group class. They could also cause distractions or complications for the other dogs as well.
Good examples of the types of problems that could interfere with group training are:
- Growling, lunging, or snapping at people and dogs
- Shyness or Fear of people, dogs, or new places
- Anxiety or stress associated with large groups
These are the kinds of issues that would detract from group dog training classes, but are perfect for private or in-home training to tackle.
You Should Take Your Dog’s Age Into Consideration When Choosing Group Training
This goes both ways. Puppies and older dogs both have problems in group classes that you have to specially prepare for before attending.
Puppies need to have their vaccinations done before puppy classes. While group classes might sound like a great place to start socializing your puppy, they can be unsafe for a pup who’s not been vaccinated. Classes can put them at risk for:
All of these illnesses can require medication and/or hospitalization if severe enough so it’s better to err on the side of caution.
Additionally, your dog should be somewhat socialized before you bring them to class. Your dog needs to understand how to get along with others for group training to be beneficial. Otherwise, your dog may detract from the training with their behavior.
Pup Academy is a great alternative that’s tailored to keep your puppy safe and still get the benefits of group training. Puppies need training and socialization very early on for healthy development but you can avoid the risks of exposing them to older dogs through our Pup Academy program.
While the old saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is just plain wrong, it can be harder to teach new material to an older dog. It’s good to get started young so your pooch can keep pace with the rest of the class.
You Should Be Able To Commit The Time Necessary For Group Classes
Many people considering group dog training don’t think about what those classes require in terms of time. Group training typically requires committing anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to training. You should look at other options if you are unable to make the majority of the classes.
This doesn’t mean that group training isn’t right for you and your dog, it just means that group training isn’t right — right now. Scheduling make-ups for absences can be difficult, and it’s easy to fall behind or miss out if you’re not regularly attending. But it’s worth it once your schedule allows for it.
If You Do Choose Group Training, Get The Family Involved!
It’s helpful and fun to get other people in your family involved with group classes. If they attend then you’re all on the same page about your dog’s training. You won’t have to share secondhand advice from the trainer with your spouse, they’ll be there!
It’s a lot easier if the whole family is involved. Otherwise, you have to go through the difficult task of trying to reteach all the lessons to your family once you’re back at home. Also, you don’t have to worry about this increasing your cost, as most classes will only charge per dog.
However, younger children should probably not attend. Young kids that can’t take care of themselves will distract you from your dog and make your time less useful, as well as detracting from other people’s investment.
At DogBoy’s we want everyone to experience the unique bond that comes from dog training. That’s why we provide specialized group training classes for shy dogs and reactive dogs as well our other classes.
If you think your dog can benefit from group training in any of these settings then don’t hesitate to contact us today. Our trainers are ready to help you and your dog work, play, and learn together!
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