This is a good question and these are a few things to consider:
2. Effectiveness of the solution
3. Ease of use and availability
4. After sales support
You might be surprised be the answers but then again nothing is cut in stone here.
A more expensive solution is not always better.
There might be many of you reading this who would gladly spend whatever it takes when it comes to finding a solution to training your dog. This is great, but then again many of you might not have unlimited funds and therefore a more affordable but still good solution would be what you need.
You want to raise your puppy correctly or save your lovely dog from hurting themselves or bring back peace and quiet to your home but you do not have hundreds and hundreds (or in some cases thousands) of spare dollars to spend at different dog trainers until you find the solution you need for your dog.
The bottom line here is that paying a lot of money does not necessaily get you the good dog trainer who can help you with your problem.
Dog trainer in person
A dog trainer who comes to your home usually cost from 50$ for the first hour (if they cost less you have to ask yourself the question why they are soo cheap) and it can go up to as much as $500 for a few hours of work.
Before taking on a dog trainer you should always check how many sessions the trainer considers to be necessary. This is because the total cost can sometimes be much higher than you initially thought.
Many trainers try to get a foot in the door, then they make an assessment of what you need and start a relationship with you before they explain that you have a serious problem with your dog and you are going to need many more training sessions in order to solve it. A little while later you have already spent over 600 dollars and there is not much improvement of your dog’s issue.
Online Dog Trainer
The cost of an online video website is usually around $40 for one month. On certain sites you pay a one time fee of around 50$ but these sites usually don’t offer support or a forum where you can get help if needed.
Membership of an online dog training website will give you access to a lot of information consisting of videos, audios and also support in form of a forum where you can ask questions which are answered by the dog trainer who runs the site. Doggy Dan’s: Online Dog Trainer is such a site. Here is my review of the online dog trainer.
So to the question of cost, a membership of a dog training site will be far cheaper than a dog trainer in person.
2. Results of the solution – Do your research
Dog trainer in person
Thousands of dog lovers have recently turned in to dog trainers almost overnight. This is propably due to popular tv programs like the Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan. Though it is of course very good that soo many people would like to help you with your dog, being a dog lover and a dog trainer is not the same thing. Loving the dogs is great but you also need to know how to train them. You need to know how the dogs think and how to make them understand what you want.
Many dog trainers lack qualifications and some lack experience. There certainly are many good dog trainers out there but it is not always easy to find them. If you do decide to take on a dog trainer then make sure to get some recommendations from people you trust.
One advantage of having a dog trainer coming to visit you in person is that they are able to see your dog and observe it and thus come up with plan which is personalized for you and your dog. A very experienced dog trainer can also adapt your dog’s train to suit your own lifestyle and your personality.
Online Dog Trainer
With on online dog training site you will often find that the experience offered there is bigger then most local dog trainers. They have often worked with great number of dogs and they know many different tricks and methods which you can easily learn and use when training your dog.
To summarize: whatever option you like to use, do some research first. Get
recommendations, talk to people and ask what they think about a certain dog trainer or a dog training website. Read testimonials. Check if they are recent and if they look genuine. Here is an example of testimonials of Doggy Dan. http://theonlinedogtrainer.com/results/
3. Ease of use and availability – Personality or Technology
Personal Dog Trainer
If there is an enthusiastic and fun dog trainer who is well known and recommended near your home this could be a very good option. However it is not always easy to find one and if you are reading this post then I guess you are looking for another option.
Online Dog Trainer
A big advantage with an online dog trainer is the ease of use and the availability. You can view it anytime, anywhere and from wherever you are. You can for example watch it from your smartphone in the park or bring a laptop or Ipad. The only thing you need is an internet connection. If you are out somewhere with your dog and you need a reminder of something in course you can simply take a quick look and apply the methods, wherever you are.
An online dog training solution means you can do your dog training whenever it suits you and therefore it will be much easier to fit it in with the rest of your life like work, your kids and social life. This means that everyone in the family can participate when they are available and your training does not have to steal time from your valuable weekends. You will also be able to break down the training to shorter sessions. This is more effective as a dog will not be able to concentrate for several hours at a time.
The only knowledge you need to know is how to use the internet but that has become very easy and there are many options available.
To Summarize, unless you have a great dog trainer living next door, an online dog training service offers better ease of use and availability.
4. After Sales Support
Dog trainer in person
With a dog trainer in person you need to carefully check what is included in the price. If several sessions are needed, then how much will it cost? If you pay for session after session you would of course want a proper solution to your problem. You might end up realizing that no matter how many sessions you pay for, the problem will not be solved the way you hoped for. This is one reason why it is soo important to do research about your dog trainer before employing him/her so you know that he/she knows what he/she is doing.
If your dog trainer offer telephone or email support, and it is included in the price it is well worth it.
If there is a forum on the online dog training website then you are able to ask questions and receive answers by the dog trainer who is running the site. So you could for example film your dog, put the clip on youtube and then provide a link to your video in the forum. This way the dog trainer can take a look at your dog and gain an understanding of what is going on. Then he/she can provide you with feedback and instructions on how you can tackle the problem.
In summary the quality of the support you get depends on the dog trainer or the dog training service that you choose. So do your research here and choose carefully.
Whether you should choose an online dog training service or a dog trainer in person depends on your situation. If you have a very good dog trainer in your area, you have the time to organize the training and the funds to pay for it then by all means go for it. It is great to have the support of real person showing you how to train your dog and to give you direct feedback on what you do.
However, if you do not have a good dog trainer living near by or if time or money is a problem for you then an online dog trainer is an excellent solution. This will give you the tools to do your work yourself whenever you have the time and whereever you go. The videos and training are always available anywhere, anytime and you can get help when you need it. Furthermore it is a very affordable solution compared to a dog trainer in person.
I hope this comparison has been helpful. If you have any questions please leave a comment below.