In this article we’re asking “does online dog training really work?” and looking at how easy it is to train your dog at home without meeting the trainer face to face. If you want the very best for your puppy or dog and are not sure how it all works, this will answer your questions.
Online puppy training
Puppy training is crucial if you want your new pet to grow into a gentle, loving and trustworthy family member. Puppy training teaches your pup how to live alongside humans and includes things like
All of these things are about creating good habits that will last a lifetime and are best taught when puppy is very young.
Puppy’s learn by association. Just as a parent would remind a toddler 20,000 times to say please and thankyou, puppies need kind, consistent handling to help them learn their manners. It’s crucial that this training happens at home as well as in class, which is why online puppy training classes are just as effective as face to face groups.
Before lockdown, a puppy parents would bring their youngster along to classes where a dog trainer talks through and demonstrate the best way to teach your pup basic lifeskills. BUT most of the work is done by the puppy parent at home.
With online puppy training from Best Behaviour Dog Training, the principal is exactly the same.
Zoe has professionally produced video demonstrations of how (and why) you can show your puppy what’s expected of him or her. Puppy Parents can then watch the video at a time and place that best suits them. Afterwards, use phone and Facebook groups to chat with Zoe online about their progress and about specific challenges that they are finding with their little one. Having a closed Facebook group means that there are also plenty of opportunity to share your
successes with other pet parents. Plus, when puppy training feels frustrating, (which it does from time to time) you can look back at your celebratory messages to remind yourself that things will get better.
The joy of online dog training is that video demonstrations can be watched more than once – with face to face training, it’s pretty difficult to turn back time and repeat the class, and you have far more access to a trainer by training online.
That’s why out of lockdown most people do online as well as physical classes. Dog parents love the results they see and want every bit of training available.
We urge puppy owners not to delay their pups training. After lockdown 1.0 we were proud and delighted by the progress of our online trained pups vs those that delayed their training. Not only were the online trained pups impeccably behaved, but they also showed no behavioural problems, unlike those pups who’s training was delayed. Sadly, we saw all too many pups that had their training delayed because owners weren’t aware of online training being a ‘thing’. Their pups reached 5-9 months and were pulling on the lead, not recalling and generally had behaviours that needed to be resolved. We feel so passionately that no puppy should be left without training even during a pandemic.
Online training for adolescent dogs
Arguably, for most pet parents, a dog’s most challenging life stage is adolescence. Just like some human teenagers, adolescent dogs seem to have a personality transplant. The once confident pup who shows oodles of promise, seems to lose the ability to listen and forgets their training. It’s little wonder that adolescent dogs are more likely to be rehomed than any other age group. Pet parents who don’t have the support of an experienced dog trainer can feel frustrated, bewildered, depressed and afraid that they won’t be able to cope with their pet in the long term.
There is hope on the horizon, with good training and management, your pup will come through this lifestage and become, once again, a great companion.
Online dog training with Best Behaviour Dog Training offers a wealth of support for pet parents who are coping with adolescent dogs. You don’t need to attend a face to face class with your bundle of energy – but you do need to keep up the training. Video tutorials backed up with Facebook Live sessions, phone calls with your dog trainer and lots of individual support will motivate you to find activities that you can enjoy with your dog without either of you feeling stressed.
Being part of the Facebook group is very much like meeting for dog training classes – you can share experiences with other pet owners and know that you are definitely not alone and that your pooch will “grow out of it”
Check out our Surviving Adolescence course with Dogversity https://www.bestbehaviourdogtraining.co.uk/dogversity/surviving-adolescence/
Online training for dogs with busy brainsDog training, as you know, is not just about obedience training. It’s about your dog’s mental health and welfare. A bored dog is more likely to start exhibiting unwanted behaviours such as barking, jumping up, toileting indoors, chasing the neighbour’s cat. And of course, lockdown means that we all of us have fewer opportunities for exciting activities like pub walks and sociable strolls