February 6, 2019

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February 6, 2019


After you decide to bring a puppy into your home, your next big decision is to figure out how and where to train him or her. Lucky for you, there are many training options. Group training classes work well for many people; however one-on-one training can also be advantageous. At SmartyPaws we offer both 1-1 (in home available) and group positive training classes. So how do you know which approach is right for you? Let’s explore the options.


Based on my experience, one great approach for puppy training is to combine both. It can be very effective for the dog and the owner to start with basic training in a stress-free one on one environment (in-home or at a facility). This allows you to build a strong bond with your dog and to get a head start on learning the basic commands. You would be amazed at how much you can accomplish with one or two 1-1 sessions. After this, you can move into a group class which exposes you and your dog to additional distractions and opportunities for socialization.


Group classes create a higher amount of stress for both the owner and the dog. In-home training offers a familiar and lower stress environment. Dogs and puppies can often learn and retain information better in a low or stress-free environment. In addition, your entire family can be a part of the training process when we work in your home.


There’s a lot for you and your puppy to work on that can be accomplished utilizing a one-on-one approach (potty training, crate training, basic manners and commands). These basic skills help build you and your puppy’s confidence, strengthen your relationship and set the foundation for a lifetime of fun and learning.

In-home puppy training can also provide a head start as you can begin training at an earlier age; your puppy can start training before he has completed all of her vaccinations (which is a requirement to attend a group class).


Group classes are excellent resources to work around distractions, to further master behaviors, to engage in controlled/supervised socialization, and to have fun and meet some other puppy owners. Group classes may also offer a price advantage (depending on the provider and class format).


No matter what type of training you choose, be sure that the class you attend meets your expectations. Many classes still require the use of aversive training techniques/tools (pinch or choke collars), so be sure you understand the differences and sign up for a class that is right for you.  


If you are looking for a positive training approach or to learn more about how positive training works,  contact Jerri at SmartyPaws. Jerri has utilized many different styles of training throughout her career and can speak to the pros and cons of the different approaches.


SmartyPaws offers positive training (in-home or at our office), group classes, agility, tricks, Canine Good Citizen (CGC), therapy, nose work, crate training, basic manners, behavior modification, puppy training and board and train.


Call, text or email to learn more and to set up your first appointment.


Jerri Keller

Owner and Lead Trainer at SmartyPaws

email: jerri@smartypaws.biz

mobile: 618-303-6868

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