The Great Dog Trainer Shootout… Who’s the best, and how you can save hundreds

Real dog trainer compared to online dog training

Want to know how to save literally hundreds of dollars training your dog?

The other day a lady emailed me from Kentucky in the States, her dog had been a jumper, a barker, was becoming a little aggressive when people came to the front door. In fact her dog had all sorts of issues by the sounds of things and she was starting to give up hope. As with so many people that I work with she explained how she had done everything that she thought she was supposed to, taking her puppy to puppy school, dog training and basic obedience and had now paid for 3 different professional trainers to come and work with her and her dog with no success. Sound familiar?

So why was she emailing me? Well the email was a “Thank you for saving her dog” email, as she put it. The whole situation put a huge smile on my face as she explained how she had accidentally stumbled across my video website, joined up and followed the video course for a whole week with stunning results.

As she explained, she was not really somebody who went for an online solution but this experience had really opened her eyes to the opportunity of what is available.

Her emailed prompted this post!

I decided it would be interesting to compare online training (such as my website) with a conventional dog trainer who works with you in person. Here are the 4 key areas that I have decided to measure and compare the two.

  1. Cost – the total cost that you will end up paying
  2. Solution – the quality of the solution provided and how effective it was
  3. Usability – how convenient, easy and time consuming the training was
  4. Back up – ongoing support quality, usefulness and cost

So just to reiterate, in this comparison I am comparing a typical dog trainer (of course they all vary) with my website


1. Cost:

Paying big bucks does not get you results.

The cost of training and raising a puppy using a dog trainer in person can quickly climb. Lets look at a typical scenario. You pay $100 for puppy classes to socialize them, and then $150 for some basic obedience class. It’s at this point that many people are then encouraged to attend advanced dog training class for (one reason or another) at a cost of say, $150. All goes well until your dog hits 1 year old and then you need some help for behavioral issues costing $250 for a professional trainer. Even if your problem is solved then you have still spent $650. The result is you’ve spent a lot of money and STILL need to find a solution to your dog problems! Aggghhh!

So is there a better way? Well imagine this. For a single USD$1 you are shown through videos how to establish yourself as the pack leader, raise a puppy and stop all unwanted dog behaviors. Sound too good to be true? Well for $1 you can actually gain access to all of this inside my site for a total of 3 days before deciding if you would like to stay on as a member. If you like then you pay a monthly membership and if not you simply cancel. The price of a monthly membership is USD$37.

As a dog trainer, I charge around USD$300 for a 3 hour consultation. During that time I cover off almost the same information that is available through my website. However inside the website there is actually a lot more information including over 20 hours of video clips.

In summary:
When it comes to cost can save you a ton of money.


2. Solution:

I think that when it comes to the quality of the solution this is where it is easy to make a bad call.

Here’s why.

Firstly, let me state the obvious. There are lots of people who love dogs, who would love to help dogs, who are renting out their services as “dog trainers”… but… they are not getting very good results. How do I know that? Well because I am told it all the time when I go to help out!
Many of these people are nice, well meaning dog trainers, however the solutions that they are using are not effective enough in delivering the results that people are expecting.

Put very simply, you can spend hundreds of dollars and it doesn’t mean that you are going to get a result. Much of this is simply due to the method and training techniques that are being used.

So what are the advantages of a dog trainer to come and work with you in person? Well there can be some real benefits. For example, when I visit a home I can tailor the solution to that specific dog, the delivery is tailored to that person and the solution is tailored to the exact situation. However the reason I am able to do this is that I have worked with literally thousands of dogs! And that is one of the issues… Not many dog trainers can offer that level of experience.

However if you compare this to what is offered with you will see that throughout the 250 videos I cover off so many different situations, dog personalities, homes and issues that it’s not hard to get a pretty well tailored solution to your situation. Not only that but something that I’ve been doing more of from inside the Forum on the site, is actually watching video clips of the dogs that people have posted to get a better feel for their particular situation.

One of the huge benefits of my video website is that it uses the amazing power of technology. What do I mean by this is this? Well, I see myself as a great trainer, however there is no way I can deliver everything that is inside my site during a consultation. It is simply impossible! The videos I have caught and use explain some amazing dog behavior and really demonstrate exactly what to do.

For example, the puppy section includes all the videos of me training my puppy Moses from 8 weeks through to 8 months. The pack leader section includes my 5 Golden Rules that are the key to my method and the dog behavioral section shows you how to stop all unwanted dog behaviors. In other words you get a lot of bang for your buck! And if you have a dog with lots of issues, you can cover them all off!

In summary:
A great dog trainer is worth their weight in gold however there are also incredible solutions available inside


3. Usability:

There are huge benefits to using an online solution.

One of the big issues with a dog trainer in person is that they are only there with you for a few hours and then they are gone! This causes several issues which an online solution can solve.

Firstly trying to get the whole family together for an in home consultation can be a real issue. With a video website you are able to let people study the videos and training in their own time, which puts a smile on their face.

Secondly if you need to recap anything at any time, say if you are at the park or just want to go over something late at night when you are struggling, with a dog trainer who comes to your house once they are gone, that’s it. However with a video website you are able to revisit the site and watch the appropriate videos again and again.

Another huge benefit of an online site is that you can actually use it when you are in the park and having all the problems that may not have occurred when the trainer was with you!

In summary:
When technology is put to good use it’s hard to beat!


4 Back up:

Make sure you are not left alone.

Back up service is important and can vary immensely from trainer to trainer. Some trainers offer a fantastic back up solution either by phone, email or in person however there are just as many people who feel let down by trainers who “disappear” once the training sessions are complete.

Having some sort of quality support is a key component to your dog training as very often just a couple of simple suggestions can really assist you on your journey to success.

Again something that you need to watch out for is paying over the top for extra visits. With my in home consultations I provide people with free telephone and email support after a visit as I know that my solution works and so am not going to be bombarded with requests for help.

I also have my video website which people are blown away by as an extra support option!

Inside I offer people (who’ve decided to stay on after the trial) access to the forum where they can ask me unlimited questions and seek help. This is also where I watch video clips of people’s dogs to give better feedback, all included in the monthly price of $37.

In summary:
Great back up support is essential. Just make sure that you are not going to be breaking the bank to get hold of it.


Thousands of happy dog owners

If you ask anyone who’s trained using my method, they’ll all tell you about the quality of the material inside the members area, and the results they’re getting. On this page you’ll see some of the wonderful feedback from just a few of the thousands of people who’ve transformed their dogs using The Online Dog Trainer: Doggy Dan’s Results.

So there you go… If you find a great dog trainer in your area then congratulations, that could be the solution for you. However if you don’t then do not worry. The chances are you can save a ton of money using one of my programs, such as The Dog Calming Code.

Who knows, after a visit you too may be sending me your “Thank you for saving my dog email”!

All the best and enjoy the site.

Have a great day and love your Dog,

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Doggy Dan

Doggy Dan is the founder of The Online Dog Trainer, a wildly successful online training program for dog owners. His goal is to continue to share his unique approach to dog training with like-minded people who wish to make a difference in the world of dogs. His training methods focus on creating and building the connection between dogs and dog owners, and are shared and used around the world.

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