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
    they arrive).
  • 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
    to address.
  • 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.
Should I take a class or private
How old does my dog have to
be to begin training?
What do I have to do to make
my dog listen?
My dog is very good at home,
but when I take him places he
doesn’t listen to me at all.
Do I have to use food to
reward my dog?
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