Why Choose Online Puppy Classes and their benefits?
With the current Covid 19 pandemic, lockdowns and everything being put on hold, the last thing we want is for our puppies to be missing out on early training. During 2020, businesses have had to adapt, and many have had to move their training online. Dog trainers have had to postpone group training and although limited one to ones are still available, online training is a fantastic way to give puppies and their owners a way to continue learning.
Why choose online puppy courses and their benefits?
Older dogs may be better suited to postponing their training, but those early weeks and months are so important for puppies. Postponing their training could be the difference between a happy and contented adult dog and a dog who may struggle in later life.
You may have a few questions about online training and wonder if it is for you? To help you decide, I have answered a few of the most common questions below.
I don’t think online training is for me as I want my pup to socialise.
Although, group puppy classes can be good for socialising if done carefully, not all classes have this available, even during normal times. Socialising your pup, with other pups is important, but it is only a small side of your socialisation process. Choosing appropriately matched pups is vital to help them learn the skills they require.
You certainly want your pup to learn to be happy around other dogs. This is important; however, this can be done in your day-to-day walks. As you learn your puppy’s play style and which dog’s they are happy to mix with. The online course will talk you through how to manage these interactions and what to look for when your puppy is around other dogs. Therefore, the online course can still assist you with this side of the training and ensure you know what to look for when your pup is making new friends.
I don’t have very much space in my house to do the training
Most of the exercises that we do online need very little space. For exercises that require more space, such as recall and loose lead walking, you will be given training videos to assist you. These can be watched at your leisure and you can then practise in your own time, in a more suitable space. It is then a good idea to film yourself and your pup while practising. You can upload these to the safety of the private Facebook group where I can give you feedback on your training.
Can I ask questions in the session?
The sessions are run live, so you can ask questions as they arise. If you have any questions that require a more tailored answer, then these can be asked via email or at the end of the session.
What content is included in the online course?
During the course we will look at various exercises to help you and your puppy progress in those early weeks and months. We will look at ways to help pup with focus & impulse control, how to teach the basics such as sit and down. We will cover recall and lead walking exercises, but as above some of these will be given to you as training videos for you to practice in your own time. We will also cover socialising methods, not jumping up, door manners, teaching a puppy to settle along with additional exercises.
What extras are included with the course?
Not only do you get the six-weekly live, online training sessions where are you and your pup will work through the exercises. You will also receive access to the full six weeks of the Pawsitive Pups online training videos for the duration of the course. This will be accessed via a Dropbox link.
In addition, you have support via email for the course duration, you can join the private Facebook support group where you can ask questions and upload training videos as you go. I can then offer you feedback as you progress. This group will also be a place to make friends with other puppy owners who will be in the same situation as yourself. Finally, you will receive a certificate and rosette in the post on completion.
Are there any benefits from training at home?
Whenever we begin any form of training with a pup, it should be in a place of least distraction. This usually means at home in a quiet room or in your garden. Although outdoor group classes are fantastic, puppies can often become overwhelmed with the new environment and many struggle to concentrate. By starting at home, you can gain your pups full focus and therefore the exercises can begin straight away. When you are ready, you can take your practice out to work around increased distractions and build at your puppy’s pace. Therefore, online classes actually give you an advantage because you are beginning your training in a place where you and your puppy are happy and comfortable.
Are there any other advantages to online training?
- As much as working outdoors with the puppies is great. Training in the Winter weather can sometimes be miserable, so online training saves you and your puppy getting cold, muddy and wet!
- If you are shielding, are unwell or cannot drive, then you can still access the course
- The whole family can attend. There have been limits to the number of people attending face to face courses, so this is a huge bonus at present.
- Face-to-face courses are always fantastic, but online sessions are equally as good and, in some ways, more beneficial for the younger puppies.
How do the sessions work?
The sessions will consist of both practical and theoretical exercises. You will be shown an exercise and then given a short time to practice with pup. You can ask questions and I can advise you on any struggles, as I will be able to watch via the video link. There will also be parts where I talk through the theoretical side and you pup can chill.
Who can attend?
The whole family can attend and watch the sessions. This helps everyone to be consistent and teach pup with the same methods.
The move to online training has complimented dog training and has ensured that the pups who have been born during lockdown are not disadvantaged. Training cannot be put on hold and pups need to be given all the help they can in this difficult time.
I am blessed to have my own puppy here at home at present, so am having to ensure she too has the help and support she needs. I love the idea of taking her to outdoor classes but will not be postponing her training while I wait. This will carry on regardless, then once outdoor sessions can return, she will be much more prepared for them.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the online courses or would like any information on alternative one-to-one E sessions, then please message me via Facebook or email me at Jules@TalkToTheHound.net
Do not put your puppy training off while you wait for the end of restrictions. Your pup needs you now, so get started and help them be the best dog they can.