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Effective Private Instruction Seminar

Working with a dog owner one-on-one in a private lesson allows you to focus on their individual needs and the needs of their dog. But how can you ensure they are getting the maximum benefit from these sessions? In this seminar, we discuss how to organize your sessions to improve outcomes, increase compliance and prevent compassion fatigue.

Seminar Details

Private lessons can offer wonderful opportunities for a multitude of clients. Perhaps they cannot make your group class. Or their dog would not be comfortable in that environnment. Maybe they need to cement some skills before they can attend the group class. Or, the owner simply wants to work one-on-one with you. Regardless of why you are offering a private lesson to this client, this format comes with special considerations that you have to keep in mind:

  • What are the expectations of the client?
  • What are the training goals for the dog?
  • What type of training schedule will you be using; how often will you see them, how often are they expected to practice?

These considerations alone can present a series of challenges to a trainer. What happens if a client describes their expectations as one thing, and then those morph over time? Will you still be able to meet them? Do you adjust the training plan, or can you realign their expectations? 

What if the client has one set of training goals, but you know the dog will need to obtain and master a series of other behaviors before you can even begin tackling those goals?

The client rightfully wants results, but how do you balance that with how often you can conceiveably work with the dog versus how often they can practice with their dog?

Working with a client one-on-one, especially on behavioral issues, requires that you be on the entire time, and give 110% of yourself. That is only for one client. What if you have 3, 5, 10 or 15 of these emotionally draining cases? How are you going to take care of yourself?

In this seminar, we will outline some common issues that can arise from offering private lessons, how to devise a plan that can work in variety of situations, and how you can prevent yourself from suffering from compassion fatigue.

Who Is This Seminar For:

  • New instructors looking to hone their craft
  • Experienced instructors who are already offering private lessons and are looking for ways to improve them
  • Dog owners who are considering becoming a professional dog trainer and instructor

What This Seminar Will NOT Be Doing:

  • Teaching you the material to become an instructor or professional trainer

Length of the Seminar:

  • 5-hours; includes lecture, video examples and discussion topics


  • Submitted for approval.
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Dianna L. Santos

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