Gone are the days when you had to haul yourself and your dog to a cold, slightly stinky room with fluorescent lighting and an overwhelming chorus of other barking dogs and talking humans only to have the trainer's attention split between you and six other dog-human teams. Welcome to personal, online, virtual training right from the comfort of your couch.
Here are my top 5 reasons to choose virtual dog training.
1. Take location out of the equation!
Traditional dog training services are limited by geography. When I adopted my first dog, I could only access training classes near me, and the quality wasn’t what it could have been. Depending on where you are, you might not be within proximity of certified trainers who are qualified in the most effective training methods or who specialize in your dog’s behavior challenge. Location is no longer a barrier with virtual training! You can access effective and ethical training anywhere with an internet connection.
2. More effective
If you’re like many of my clients, then the thought of taking your dog somewhere new in public or having a stranger come into your house is enough to make you break out into a cold sweat. And if it’s that terrifying for you, imagine how your dog feels! In-home training and group training classes can be far too overwhelming for dogs who struggle with aggression, fear, anxiety, or over-excitement. We know that dogs and humans learn best when they feel comfortable. Online training allows you and your dog to begin your training journey from the comfort of your home environment and sets you up for success to learn new skills without having to worry about what’s going on around you.
3. More realistic
Chances are, you won’t have a dog trainer in your home around the clock for the rest of your dog’s life. As we talked about in reason number two, you and your dogs’ behavior is likely to be different when others are around. Virtual online training allows your dog trainer to get a realistic window into your day to day life with your dog. We’re able to observe your dog’s behavior under regular conditions, which provides us with more accurate information to craft our training plans.
4. Easier to integrate
Let’s be honest - dog training is much more about training the human end of the leash. Even if you send your dog to a boarding school or boot camp, the real change comes from your ability to maintain what your dog has learned. It’s not only empowering to develop your own training skills, it’s also transformational to your relationship with the dog in your life. With virtual training, you’re honing your abilities from day one and getting hands-on practice that you can continue with seamlessly once the video call ends.
5. More support
In-home dog training and group classes at training facilities usually take place once per week. It can be very difficult to find the time and motivation to continue training the other six days! Train virtually with Jack and Jill and you’ll get daily updates and check-ins with your trainer. Online training opens up the ability for us to support you whenever you need it - not just for one hour per week.
Get in touch to start your virtual dog training journey today!