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How Virtual Dog Training is Transforming the Training Landscape

A New "Paw"spective on Dog Training

online dog training, virtual dog training

Hey there, dog lovers! Get ready to be amazed because we’re about to uncover the wonderful world of virtual dog training. With just a few clicks and a whole lot of dedication, you can transform your pup into an obedient and well-mannered companion. Say goodbye to travel time, and hello to convenience and effectiveness. Let’s dive into the exciting realm of virtual dog training and discover how it’s revolutionizing the way we train our four-legged friends!

With the rise of virtual everything due to the pandemic, virtual dog training has become the new normal for many of us. Some things did go back to in person, such as school and some work. However, many people found that the option of doing things virtually was actually nice to have. So, many such as dog trainers decided to just do virtual or keep this as an option. But the big question is, is virtual dog training effective? Let’s delve deeper and find out.

Unleashing Your Dog's Potential from the Comfort of Home

First, virtual dog training like everything else has its limitations. Dogs rely heavily on physical cues and body language to communicate. In-person training allows a trainer to observe a dog’s behavior in real-time and provide feedback that can be tailored to the individual dog’s needs. Virtual training, on the other hand, requires the trainer to rely heavily on video calls and recordings. It may be a challenge to provide the same level of customized feedback at the same timing. However, if the video is set up well and there is healthy communication between the client and trainer, this can be addressed. In any relationship, communication is key and that includes the relationship between dog parent and dog trainer. Whether it is in person or virtual, communicating with your trainer will be key to getting the best results from your training program. 

However, that doesn’t mean that training your dog isn’t effective! Virtual dog training can be just as effective as in-person training if done correctly. The key is to find a trainer that understands the limitations of virtual training and has adapted their approach to suit the medium.

One of the biggest advantages of virtual dog training is that it allows dog owners to work with a trainer from anywhere in the world. This means that you have a much larger selection to choose from to find the best trainer for your specific needs. This is also beneficial if you live in a rural area that doesn’t have immediate access to any dog trainers in the area. So no matter where you are, you can work with them from the comfort of your own home. It also allows for more flexibility in scheduling.

Virtual training also allows trainers to provide more resources and support than in-person training. Many virtual trainers provide follow-up materials and resources to help dog owners continue to work on their dog’s training even after the session has ended.

So to summarize the benefits of virtual dog training:

  • A larger selection of dog trainers to choose from that aligns with your dog training ideals. This includes, how you want to train, your budget, and when you are available to train.
  • The ability to train from the comfort of your home. Even if you have to travel and are in a different location, you don’t have to cancel the training session because you are somewhere else. You can stay on track with your training program. 
  • Most trainers when training virtually will record the training session. This helps if you need to review the session if you missed something or forgot how to do one of the behaviors.
  • If your dog is fearful of people, sometimes this may be a better option than in person. Every dog is different, so virtual dog training may be more effective for your dog than in-person dog training.

So, is training your dog virtually effective? The answer is yes! It may not be the perfect solution for every dog or every owner, but with the right trainer, virtual training can provide excellent results. As always, do your research and find a trainer that you feel comfortable working with. If you would like to set up a virtual initial consultation and assessment with me, schedule it here.

Good luck and happy training!

Wags,

Allison

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