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I get asked this question a lot, "is it a good investment to sign up to an online dog training website or are they better spending the money to hire a professional dog trainer in person"?
Well it is a good question, and I'm going to point out the 4 key areas to consider.
Some folks are prepared to spend whatever it takes to get a solution for their puppy problems.
And that’s fine... I get it, you just want the best for your pup and ensure that they don't get injured by not paying attention to your instructions, or you may just want the peace back in your home.
You may not have hundreds and hundreds of dollars to throw at different dog trainers to get the solution you want and need.
Here's a true fact for you: Paying a lot of money does not guarantee that you will get a good dog trainer who can help you and your dog.
The Cost of a Dog trainer in person - Let me run some figures past you...did you know the cost of getting a dog trainer to come to your home can start at approximately $50 for the first hour?
(If someone quotes you less than this you'd have to wonder about their experience and skills) and it goes up from there, sometimes to as much as $500 for a couple of hours work.
The other thing you need to check is whether several sessions will be needed to get the results, because the total costs can be far higher than the initial visit.
It often goes like this... they get a foot in the door, make an assessment, form a relationship with you and your dog before explaining that your dog has serious issues and will need many sessions to correct it.
You may find that after several sessions you are out of pocket $500 and you've seen little improvement. This is very frustrating and disappointing when this happens.
Now with Online Dog Training the entry point is around $40 and this will give you access to an enormous amount of information to help you.
This will include Videos, Audios and written support.
I know of one generous site that will even allow you to trial the site for just $1.
It's Professional dog trainer Doggy Dan’s video website
Here's the link https://tinyurl.com/y46wkrzu
It's one of the best I've come across, it allows you to take a look at the training before you actually pay the joining fee. How fair is that? it just shows how confident they are in their training methods
WINNER: Online Dog Training...
We've seen an influx of dog lovers turning into dog trainers overnight, they may be a dog lover but this doesn't necessarily make them a good dog trainer.
You wouldn't ask a taxi driver about your shares, just as you wouldn't ask your friend to train your dog, just because they like dogs...
The other point is that some people have managed to get qualifications but have absolutely no experience in dog training.
There are some fine dog trainers out there, but if you are going to look for one, make sure you have reliable recommendations from people who have used them.
When a dog trainer comes to visit your dog in person, they have the advantage of watching the dog in action and observing them... which is helpful when trying to find a personalized solution to the problems. If they are experienced then they will also be able to tailor things easily to your home and personality.
Online Dog Trainer - The benefit of using this method is you know your own dog and the problems it's having already and you'll be able to look for the video that will give you the answer.
You'll find the solutions are excellent, and it's done with love and care, no harsh treatments here. You only have to look at the sheer number of dogs and different breeds they have worked with and the many different problems they've dealt with, you're sure to find a quality solution for your pet.
In summary, no matter which option you choose, do your homework first.
Talk to people who have used the service, get referrals and read the Testimonials from others.
Make sure they are genuine and recent.
If you want to see a great example of real customers raving about an online dog trainer, check out Doggy Dan's site https://tinyurl.com/y46wkrzu
You may be lucky enough to have a good personal dog training living nearby and this could be a great option, if you know how much you're going to have to spend from the beginning.
But I must warn you they are few and far between.
The worse thing is if you spend good money and still don't get the results you were looking for,
you then have to throw more money at the problem.
Something that many people love about an Online Dog Training website is the ease of use.
You can watch the videos any time day or night.
You may be at the dog park and need a reminder or suggestions that you can quickly implicate. Training on line means you can learn the methods any time, you don't have to keep appointments or eat up your valuable weekend time.
It means everyone can take part in reinforcing the training too...
The other advantage of Online Training with videos, they are broken down into smaller half hour sessions, not huge 2 or 3 hour Marathon sessions that are too much for you and the dog.
You'll often find the personal dog trainer will do this to maximize their travel time.
The winner is Online Dog Training...
Ask if telephone or email support is available. Most Online Dog Training website include a forum where you are able to ask questions and receive answers.
Some Online trainers will allow you to upload a video to their forum of your dog behaving badly and ask them for an answer, the video will give them a good idea of what is happening with your dog.
As you can see, nothing can beat a good online solution when it comes to COST and EASE of use. With the amazing Technology available now making great easy to follow videos In all the areas of dog training, Online training is the WINNER.
SUPPORT the quality of your support will depend on the solution you choose to go with and can vary tremendously.
Both options are able to offer exceptional solutions.
Likewise, when it comes to the quality of the training, there are some great dog trainers and some great online solutions. The really important point here is... can you find a top class trainer nearby? and if not, then Online Dog Training is your answer.
It WINS in all four areas, Cost, Quality of Solution , Ease of use and Support.
You won't find a better site for value and quality than Doggy Dan's... here's the link again https://tinyurl.com/y46wkrzu
Apart from offering the best quality and experience he also offers you the chance to ask questions in the forum that are answered by Doggy Dan himself, now that's a huge bonus!
With over 250 videos I would happily recommend his site for the full range of Dog Training and for any Puppy Training problems.
He includes an entire section on how to establish yourself as the Pack Leader, (without using fear or aggression) this is crucial for long term success.
Enjoy the site and take the $1 trial, https://tinyurl.com/y46wkrzu
I know you're going to LOVE it!
Can you relate to this? You're out for a walk with your dog, you're relaxed and enjoying your walk, when you see another dog coming towards you...
...your heart starts to race, because you know how your lovely but very dominant dog is going to react, with aggression, pulling and barking like mad, it's embarrassing and frightening at the same time.
You don't know how the other dog will react, or the owner!
Even though both dogs are on a leash, if the other dog gets too close it will set your dog off, you know you're going to be in for another unpleasant encounter.
Your dog starts barking and snarling, pulling you off your feet.
You try to find an escape route, but it's too late, your dog is in full Dominant dog mode.
You've tried everything from tugging on the lead, yelling at the dog, you even tired a different harness collar and lead, distracting them with treats but nothing worked.
It turns a beautiful relaxing walk into a nightmare! and you don't get a chance to chat to people on your walk because your dog is so anti social.
Where did it all go wrong? You've almost given up hope.
The thing that dog owners and trainers need to understand is that if the dog has been getting the wrong message at home, it's too late when you see another dog coming down the street to turn it around.
Here's the thing... dogs are not as complicated as humans, they don't care about the size of the T.V. or a faster car, or a luxurious holiday, they may be intelligent but they are also simple animals, dogs are all about SURVIVAL Full Stop. This means protecting their property and the pack, especially when they are outside the home.
If you think about this, they are pack animals and they only understand leaders and followers, as leaders they decide what is dangerous and take the initiative to protect the pack.
So your dog thinks it's the pack leader and sees another strange dog approaching, they will show their pack leaders skills by walking right up to the other dog, head up, chest out, tail up, growling and barking in an attempt to get the other dog to back down.
And that's when all hell breaks loose.
But don't blame the dog, what started this was you giving them the message that they were the pack leader in the first place!
That they were in charge in your home...
This is where I found Doggy Dan's training method so helpful.
He really understands how your dog thinks and he's able to help you to show your dog that YOU are the pack leader. And the on line site shows you how simple this is to do.
Dan even offers YOU a 3 Day $1 trial of the site that you can take advantage of. The really nice part is that everything he does is done in such a kind and gentle way. He simply uses 5 Golden Rules.
Wait till you see how Doggy Dan's pack act around other dogs they don't overplay their role because they all know that he is the pack leader and so they can relax.. Now every dog is different, some can be more dominant than others, some will be more submissive.
But as long as YOU are the pack leader, it won't matter what type your dog is, that's the secret. Once this is established, you'll find training will be so much easier.
You'll find you'll only need a gentle word of warning, a slight pull of their lead or a food treat distraction will work really well.
It's not to say that the training techniques you are using at present aren't good, but with no strong foundation, they just won't work for you.
In Summary: Once the other dog shows up, you're dog is not going to take any notice of you because they have bigger things to worry about. Like protecting their pack (which is you)
So, YOU need to become the pack leader to turn it around. Doggy Dan has given me some great training tricks to pass on to you, if you follow these you'll have a calmer dog when the other dog approaches.
Check them out...
But remember, the foundation of YOU as pack leader HAS to be in place first.
Remember to relax immediately afterwards, dogs sense your tension.
The thing I love about this method is that it works with your dogs instincts. For instance, we know that it is natural in the dog world for one dog to be above the other in a pack, you can't change that in a dog's behaviour.
But if you position yourself as the top dog in the pack, they will be less likely to become overly protective, tense, aggressive and dominant and take things too far.
Take a look at look at this great video of two dogs playing at being dominant and submissive.
If you're ready to take control back from your dog and become the gentle and kind pack leader they are looking for then get your 3 day $1 trial and take a look around this amazing site, I think you'll LOOVE Doggy Dan's method of Training.
P.S. Remember that leaving it till the other dog is approaching is too late, get help for your dog now and sort out the problem so you can turn things around, your dog is just waiting for you to give him the right message.