I recently found myself shopping for dog training classes for my adopted puppy. When I mention this to friends, they get a puzzled look on their face and ask, “But aren’t YOU a dog trainer?” Well, yes I am. Of course, I know how to teach a dog to Sit, Down, Stay, Come and Walk politely on leash. But it’s the interaction with other dogs and training in a environment with lots of distractions that I was after.
I’ll admit I didn’t spend a great deal of time on researching different options. I recently moved to Northwest Florida and unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot of positive reinforcement training going on here. So, I went with a well-known national chain who does offer that type of training. The class day and time were convenient for me, so I signed Bosworth and I up.
My expectations were low. I knew what kind of training this company’s trainers went through, which is just a six-week program, and not nearly enough to delve into the depths of dog behavior.
But my trainer was friendly, and she definitely knew enough of the basics to teach a puppy class. Of course, I didn’t share my background as a trainer with her and there have only been a couple of times where I’ve had to bite my tongue because she’s given out some misinformation. Unfortunately, there’s just one other dog in the class, which doesn’t provide a whole lot of socialization opportunities. However, we spend the majority of class practicing out in the retail store, so Bosworth has had the chance to meet lots of other dogs who’s owners are shopping. Since he’s on leash, I’m able to manage the greetings so that they are short and sweet, he behaves appropriately and then we go back to training exercises. He’s doing really well!
I already knew that, of course, since I’ve been working with the company for three years now. But experiencing a competitor’s class as a client has given me a different perspective. It showed me just how much our trainers go above and beyond for their students… from simple things like a friendly greeting when someone arrives for class to a personal conversation about what YOU are experiencing with your dog to our follow-up emails with helpful handouts. Our trainers are also available to their clients via email or phone throughout the entire six-week course. That’s an invaluable resource at your hands! If you haven’t experienced one of our classes, I invite you to check one out. Now I know from experience that it’s heads and tails above the competition.