Should I take a class or private lessons?
This decision depends on you and your dog. There are pros and
cons to both.
- Allows for some socialization opportunities for your dog.
- Often less expensive than private lessons.
- Helps you realize there are others in the same situation as you.
(Your dog is not the only one who knocks visitors over when
- Helps your dog practice in distracting environment and
generalize to different situations.
- Scheduled on the same night every week.
- Class is not a place for dogs who are aggressive or reactive
towards people or other dogs (unless the class if specifically
for those types of temperaments).
- There is less one-on-one attention from the instructor.
- A lot more distracting to both people and dogs in the class.
- May be difficult for some to attend all 6 weeks.
- Classes do not necessarily cover specific issues you would like
- Your lessons are tailored to you and your dog’s needs.
- You get one-on-one attention and coaching the entire time.
- Less stressful for you and your dog without the distraction of
other dogs, people and unfamiliar surroundings.
- Better for dogs who are aggressive/reactive towards other
dogs and people.
- Allows for more convenient scheduling of sessions.
- Usually more expensive than classes.
- The weather may interfere with some lessons that need to
take place outdoors, such as loose leash walking.
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