Five Benefits of Having a Dog Trainer Come to Your Home

Our dog Jason is fine with other dogs when off leash but as soon as we put that leash on he becomes aggressive. Iíve let his training lapse because I walk our dogs together. But itís time to take Jason out on his own and get back to work. I learned how to manage leash aggression when I hired a trainer to come to our home to work with our last dog, Lucy.

The trainer first observed Lucyís manners inside the house and offered suggestions for improvement. On a walk around our community, he demonstrated how to work with Lucy when she lunged towards people or other dogs. Having the trainer come to my home allowed me to work on specific issues and gave me confidence when walking Lucy in the community.

Here are five reasons to hire an in-home dog trainer

  • According to Bark Busters: ďIf a dog does not listen at home, he will not listen outside in the community.Ē So the companyís trainers always begin training in a clientís home. This provides the trainers the opportunity to work on unacceptable in-home behaviors such as excessive barking, jumping up on people, scratching and whining at the back door. In addition, trainers help in setting up off-limit areas for the dog. And in-home trainers can offer suggestions for environmental changes that might help reduce separation anxiety stress without the need for sedative drugs.

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  • In-home dog training offers more flexibility. In an article on Professional Dog Training in Your Home that published in a 2014 issue of the Whole Dog Journal, certified trainer Susan Sarubin wrote that itís difficult, if not impossible, for some people to commit to a series of weekly training classes that are scheduled for a set day and time every week. Many private trainers offer flexibility in weekly appointment times.
  • Some people learn faster when they can observe the professionals at work. I definitely found it helpful to watch the trainer working with Lucy before I took over the leash. In-home training provides an invaluable one-on-one experience.
  • While private training sessions are definitely more expensive than group classes, they are tailored to a clientís specific needs so you may not need as many. I had three private sessions, and then I practiced the techniques faithfully on my own. According to Sarubin, when it comes to simple training challenges, most trainers are happy to help former clients over the phone or by email at a reduced fee or for free.
  • Group classes are great for socializing dogs and I have always taken my dogs to these classes. However, this can be a challenging and stressful environment if you have an aggressive dog. That was certainly my experience with Lucy. In her article, Sarubin wrote that not all dogs are suitable for group classes. For example, anxious or fearful dogs who are easily aroused or reactive to other dogs or strangers may become even more fearful if exposed to several dogs in the close proximity of a group class. Bark Buster trainers say working one-on-one with owners and dogs at their homes avoids the distractions of other dogs in a class environment. Once training techniques are learned without distractions, these trainers work with clients as needed out in the community.

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Choosing a trainer

Dog trainers are not required to have a license and currently, there are no rules and regulations governing the profession. Basically, anyone can call hims or herself a trainer. Local animal shelters or your veterinarian will often have a list of reputable trainers and word of mouth is another good way to choose.

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), a non-profit group that promotes humane dog training, provides a list of member trainers nationwide. Experts recommend visiting a class and observing a trainer before entrusting him or her with your dog. The APDT offers tips on how to choose a trainer.

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33 comments

Paola S
Paola Sabout a month ago

thanks for sharing

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Elaine W
Elaine W1 months ago

Good advice.

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Maria R
Maria R1 months ago

Thanks

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Winn A
Winn A1 months ago

:-)

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Winn A
Winn A1 months ago

Thanks

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Jonathan H
Jonathan Harper1 months ago

Noted

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara1 months ago

Rather train a dog properly than have it dumped. Also some rescuers don't understand that a dog may never have been socialised.

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara1 months ago

Always something we can learn and every dog is different. They are pack animals and will behave differently among other dogs, especially off-lead, than if there is just one.

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Sherry K
Sherry Kohn1 months ago

Many thanks to you !

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Danuta W
Danuta W1 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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