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The Advantages of In-Home Training in Pennsylvania

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#1. A group class is NOT the best or safest way to socialize your

Puppy "kindergarten" type group classes are UNNECESSARY unless you live in Outer Mongolia or are a recluse. People think they need these classes to "socialize" their puppies, but in most cases your daily life already offers many opportunities for socialization. Even more important is the fact that the optimum time for socializing your puppy is BY THE AGE OF 12 WEEKS! At this young age, it is UNSAFE for your puppy to be around a lot of other dogs, due to exposure to possible canine diseases, for which he is not yet adequately immunized.

The best, safest and most efficient choice for you as a new "puppy parent" is to get an in-home trainer to help and advise you with your new puppy's socialization, along with its basic training. Gloria Pinsker Dog Training also teaches you how to continue the socialization process, plus help you with any emerging or established socialization problems your dog might already exhibit.

#2. Where do you and your dog live -- in a pet store, or at home?

Dogs do not automatically generalize what they learn. For example, if your dog learns to listen to you in a pet store or training facility, this will not magically translate into her listening to you when you both get home. If your dog is walking nicely next to you in puppy class, this does not mean that she will do the same when walking with you in your neighborhood and encountering cats, barking dogs, joggers, squirrels, traffic, bicycles, etc. You see where this is going!

#3. A professional in-home trainer can gather all the important information that is an integral part of the training process.

When at your home with you and your family, the trainer have the opportunity to observe the dynamics and interaction between the dog and each family member. We can see the environment in which the dog lives and spot potential problems, or situations that need improvement, to make life easier for the dog and everyone in the household. A rapport is developed with your family. Valuable insights and guidance is offered in order to bring about harmony between your family and your dog. All of this is just not possible in a group class setting.

#4. Puppy class is not enough!

Many people think that going through a puppy class will set their dog up for good behavior for the rest of the dog's life. Unfortunately, that's just not the way it works! Like human children, dogs go through various stages of development before reaching full maturity. Many people call an in-home trainer when their dog reaches adolescence (sometime b/t 6-12 months), because they suddenly find that their "teenage dog" is no longer responding to what it learned in puppy class a couple of months ago! That's when dog parents realize they need more personalized help, but if they would have worked with an in-home trainer from the beginning, they would have avoided this problem, as they would have had the tools and knowledge to deal with it. Instead, they end up paying TWICE for their dog's training!

#5. In-home training gives you valuable help with behavior problems, which is not possible in a group class.

A group instructor does not see your home situation and cannot advise you on the best way to resolve the issue and prevent future problems. Remember, prevention is far easier than dealing with a full-blown behavior problem once it becomes a habit with the dog.

#6. Classes can be overwhelming to a dog.

Although it is important for a dog to learn to listen around distractions, the ideal way to train a dog is to introduce distractions gradually at a level the dog can handle. Classes in a large facility such as a pet store can be so overstimulating to a dog, especially a puppy, that the dog's ability to learn will be adversely affected. In its own home, the dog will be much more relaxed, and we can control the environment to ensure the best possible learning experience. There, Gloria Pinsker Dog Training will show you how to gradually increase your dog's tolerance to distractions in a reasonable way.

#7. You must be actively involved in your dog's training!

Obviously, a dog who is boarded at a training facility will learn to listen to the trainer -- but where does that leave you? Don't be fooled by trainers who tell you that they can train your dog without your involvement, whether at your home or their facility, because "you just don't have the time." A good rapport with your dog is essential to the training process. Your dog needs to learn to respond to YOU, not just the trainer! There is no easy way -- you need to be involved in your dog's training if you want it to be successful. A responsible dog owner will find the time to properly raise and train their dog.

A quick session when you pick up the dog doesn't even scratch the surface of what you need to know to be a responsible dog parent If you send your dog away to be trained, your dog will be under a great deal of stress being away from his home and family, and he could contract an infection or other health hazard or injury from a kennel environment. You also cannot observe what the trainer is doing with your dog.

#8. Who ya gonna call?

Okay, so it's a few months after your puppy class at Megahumongous Pet Store, but your dog is suddenly acting like a maniac! He has developed a whole slew of behavior problems, and when you give him a command he looks at you as though you just landed from Mars. What to do? Call the instructor from Megahumongous Pet Store? Chances are, she will not even remember who you are, and even if she does, she does not know your home situation and so would not know how to best advise you to solve the problems.

Gloria Pinsker Dog Training clients know that they can call any time when they have a question or problem with their dog, not only during the course of training but FOR THE LIFETIME OF THEIR DOG. Since we know them, their dog, and their situation, as well as keep a file on each client, will be able to give them the help and advice they need, even a free brush-up lesson if required!

#9. There is no need to find a babysitter or to exclude your children from the training sessions.

In-home training can involve the whole family, and get the job done effectively, without your ever having to leave home! Having your children participate in the training process is a great learning experience for them, and it helps foster a sense of responsibility for another living creature.

#10. In-home training offers you customized training courses.

We can design the best possible training plan for your dog and your situation. You, your family, and Gloria Pinsker Dog Training will decide together what sort of things your dog needs to learn and what you would like him to learn. And after the basics, you can go on to advanced training -- such as off-lead work or fun tricks if you want to.

#11. In-home training offers flexible time slots.

Can't make the Wednesday night classes at Megahumongous Pet Store because of a scheduling conflict? Too bad! But with in-home training, you have much more flexibility as to the day and time of your training sessions. Although we are not available to train 24/7, Gloria Pinsker Dog Training will accommodate clients' schedules, within reason. (By the way, knowing the trainer is coming to the house tends to keep people more motivated about the training!) :-)

#12. Group classes only appear to be cheaper.

A first impression may be that group classes are less expensive than in-home training. But, this can be deceptive, as many group classes are divided into "levels." You may find that by the time you go through all the various levels to get your dog fully trained, you will have spent far more time and money than if you would have worked with an in-home trainer right from the start.
Very little actual training is done in most of the group "puppy classes," and they are usually a waste of time and money. So why pay twice for your puppy's training? You can get it all done by starting right out with the "Life Lessons 101 Course for Puppies", which is all most dogs will ever need to be wonderful lifetime companions!

In the long run, in-home training is the much better value, because your dog (and you) will be effectively trained in the most beneficial way, and you will have lifetime support at no extra charge. As the old saying goes, "You get what you pay for!" You will get far more value for your dollar with a professional, experienced in-home trainer!

These are just a few of the many advantages of professional in-home dog training. There are many more, but you get the idea! Give yourself and your dog the gift of a happy training experience with Gloria Pinsker's In-Home Dog Training!

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