Dog Training

Your Dog’s Training: Home vs. Paid

When you welcome a new dog into your home, one of the first things on the list of things to do is get started on their training. This is especially true if you have a brand new puppy since you want them to learn important commands as young as possible.

The younger a dog is, the more receptive they are to training, and the easier you or the trainer can get the things you teach them to stick. Older dogs can be just as trainable, but the odds are higher that puppies are more responsive to the new information you’re giving them.

Two Options

Essentially, when you get a dog home, you have two options for training. You can do in-home training by yourself or choose to do some form of paid training.

Paid training normally takes place away from your home at a training center location; however, the pandemic has led to many instructors showing up for in-home sessions. Both have their own sets of pros and cons, depending on how your budget looks and how much free time you have.

In the section below, we’ve outlined the advantages and disadvantages of each form of training.

At-Home Training

This type of training consists of indoor and outdoor work with your dog at home more personally. You’ll need a few dog training accessories (a clicker, training collar, leash, etc.) and some extra time.


  • You’ll save a significant amount of money compared to the prices you’ll pay for professional dog training.
  • Extra bonding time with your dog leads to a more personal relationship.
  • Potential to gain knowledge regarding training that could be useful in the future


  • Can be frustrating if you don’t have experience
  • Potentially a slower process
  • Less interaction with other dogs

Professional Dog Training

Professional dog training consists of a registered trainer working with your dog to implement basic commands and social skills.


  • Your dog may have a better chance of being socialized if training is with other dogs.
  • More efficient training methods because of the presence of a professional
  • More conducive environment for training


  • Can be quite expensive
  • Hours may not be as flexible
  • Not as personal for you and your dog

You’ll need to decide which key areas are most important to you. Professional training may be a bit of a stretch if your budget is an issue. However, hiring a pro maybe your best course of action if you have additional time and have an older dog.

Make your decision with your schedule and budget in mind, but don’t forget to factor in your dog’s personality and temperament as well. This stage of life is vital, as it will shape their personality and habits for the rest of their lives.

Visit us for all of your training needs. From elder dogs to brand new puppies, we are here to help you through all of the ups and downs of their training. Call us at Dog Training Now Charleston to get a consultation today.

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