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Online Dog Training: A Convenient Way to Train Your Furry Friend

Updated: Jul 17, 2023

Two dachshunds wait to be invited inside
Bernie & Crumpet, Dachshunds, wait to be invited inside

If you're a busy dog-parent, you know that spare time can be hard to come by, and figuring out how to train your dog can be low on your priority list. Between work, family, and social obligations, it can be challenging to find the time, energy, and motivation to train your fur friend.

You made time for puppy school, surely that’s enough?

Rarely is that enough.

And you’re finding out now that your doggo is a teenager and experimenting with things like dragging you down the street, jumping all over the guests, and driving the neighbours mad with their barking when no one is home. Or you think that your dogs are getting on in age and they can't learn - of course they can - so don't let their age stop you if they are driving you a bit nuts (even though you love them to bits).

Time to change something. But how on earth will you find the time?

That's where online dog training comes in.

In this blog we'll cover the key points of why we need to train our dogs, what might happen if we don't, what to expect from an online program, what to do if your dog has unexpected issues, as well as my top tips for making the most of your program.

dog in training
Nala, Mastiff x, in training

Why We Need to Train Our Dogs

Training your dog isn't just about teaching your dog basic commands like sit, drop, and recall. It's about ensuring their safety and the safety of those around them, as well as making sure that both you and your dog can enjoy a healthy, satisfying lifestyle. If your dog is well-behaved, they're less likely to dash out the door and get hit by a car, annoy everyone by jumping on guests who come over, or gnaw on your favourite shoes.

Additionally, training your dog can strengthen your bond with them and you’ll not only be able to include them in anything or take them anywhere - you’ll want to.

Imagine you're out for a walk with your dog, and they see a cat, bird, or some other tempting distraction. Without training, your dog may take off after it, dragging you along with them or jerking the lead out of your hands. But if you've trained your dog to walk on a loose lead and listen under distraction, they'll be more likely to listen to you, and you both get to enjoy the walk.

What Might Happen if We Don't Train Our Dogs

If you don't train him or her, you might end up with a furry friend who is destructive, aggressive, or difficult to control. This can lead to problems at home, as well as out in public. Your dog may be destroying your furniture or driving your neighbours batty with their barking. Or they may become a danger to other people, kids, dogs or livestock.

How embarrassing if you invite friends over for dinner and your untrained dog jumps all over them, knocking over drinks and stealing food. Worse, what if someone gets hurt because of your dogs antics.

Cavoodle puppy in training
Elvis the Cavoodle puppy in training

What to Expect If You Choose an Online Program

Online dog training is a convenient way to train your dog on your own schedule.

With online programs, you can access training materials and video tutorials from the comfort of your own home. Most programs offer a variety of learning resources such as video, reference materials you can print, an online classroom or zoom/live sessions. A good online program should also provide support and feedback from a professional trainer.

How convenient this would be if you have a hectic work schedule or family routine, but you want to train your dog. With online dog training, you can fit training sessions into your schedule whenever you have a free moment. You can even watch a lesson on your lunchbreak so that that you can get right into it the moment that you get home from work.

Check out my online program “Creating my Canine Teen-Angel” here for convenience, affordability, AND plenty of support. It's like having a trainer at your fingertips.

What to Do if Your Dog Has Unexpected Issues

Sometimes, even the most even-tempered dogs can have unexpected issues, such as becoming distracted, showing resistance, or having a little old tantrum. If you’re dealing with these sorts of issues, it's essential to seek the help of a professional trainer. Hopefully the program that you’ve chosen has an “OMG I need help with this now” component such as being able to ask questions in an online group or getting into a zoom with your trainer.

My programs certainly do.

three dogs sitting
Freddy, Zander & Ziggy hold a sit

Tips for Making the Most of Your Program

To get the most out of your online dog training program, it's essential to stay consistent and motivated. Try not to put it off till next week or fall behind, as most will have a set period for support such as 8 modules over 12 weeks.

Setting aside specific times each week for training sessions on exercises that your dog finds challenging is a great starting point but it’s important to make sure you're reinforcing random behaviours as they occur, not just when it’s convenient.

Additionally, don't be afraid to reach out to your program's support team if you have any questions or concerns.

Whilst you might initially need to set aside a specific time each day to work on training with your dog, before long you’ll be able to incorporate training into your day-to-day life. Training and reinforcement become as natural as breathing.

Online dog training is a convenient and effective way to train your furry friend. Plus, it’s super affordable for even the most budget-conscious dog parent and might be a great option for you if you are a shift-worker, busy with the family, or located too far from local class options.

By training your dog, you can ensure their safety and the safety of others, strengthen your bond with them, and prevent destructive behaviours. With online dog training programs, you can access training materials and support from professional trainers on your own schedule. Remember to stay consistent and motivated, and don't be afraid to seek help from a professional trainer if you encounter unexpected issues. With a little bit of effort, you can enjoy a well-trained dog and a stronger bond with your furry friend.

Drop me a line to find out more or book a Quick Chat and let's see if an online program may suit you and your doggo.

a German shepherd holds a sit on a rock
Sterling holds his sit upon a rock


"We have just finished the 10 week adolescent course with our three year old German Shepherd. We absolutely loved it. Initially when speaking to Keryn we were hesitant to take part in an online course but due to lockdowns we decided to go with it. If like in our house all adults work full-time and you have young kids or other commitments being able to jump on and watch the videos at anytime you like is perfect.

Honestly it is meant to take 10 weeks but it has taken out family longer and we were not kicked out of the course or Facebook group when the 10 weeks were up.

I did not have to find a dedicated time to work with Keryn and it really worked for our family.

Keryn has an amazing amount of knowledge and is able to explain clearly what you need to do as well as adds videos in so you can see first hand.

Our dog was able to pick up all the basic commands and skills almost immediately and is honestly a changed dog. In some areas we still have a long way to go but thanks to this training we now have the knowledge to do so and our dog will learn through repition.

I look forward to enrolling in the add on classes in a few weeks to take his training even further."

-Kristen & Sterling (GSD) 28.11.21


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