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"Isn't private lesson better because I am getting trained, too?"

What is the difference between board and train versus private lessons when it comes to behaviour rehabilitation?

It is very similar to the difference between learning Japanese by living in Japan on a working holiday visa for a year, versus learning Japanese in Canada by hiring a private tutor once a week.

You can also think of it like living in a house that requires some serious work.

You can learn how to do simple DIY jobs yourself when your house needs simple repairs. And it will work. But most people cannot redo their entire electrical system, change the furnace, and upgrade the HVAC system. They can learn and try, but the result is probably not going to be at the same standard as a professional job.

Also, when things are falling apart, fixing only one thing is likely not going to solve the problem. Some jobs would need to be done in a particular order, and it may involve fixing some other things that may not look obvious to a lay person.

With DIY jobs, without the proper knowledge and experience, the situation can actually become worse and further damages can be done, not to mention the owner and their family can potentially get injured along the process.

Board and train allows the professional trainer to get to the root of the problems and rebuild everything upon a properly laid foundation at the highest standard for the owners.

Once the house has been rebuilt — and everything has been done properly — the owners can then maintain the house doing things that they are fully capable of doing (e.g. change the air filter every 90 days). They can also decorate the house to make it look better without having to worry about things like water damage anymore.

Similarly, after a proper board and train, the trainer will teach the owners how to keep up with the training so they can continue to work with their dog, teach their dog new tricks, go on exciting adventures, enjoy lots of fun experiences, and make lots of wonderful memories without having to constantly deal with old stressful issues anymore.

It is like landscaping. Instead of having to dig up all the old roots of the trees, remove all the weeds and dead bushes, install an automatic irrigation system, build a deck, … ; the yard has already been immaculately landscaped by a professional. You can now spend your free time enjoying your beautiful garden.

Also, imagine how much longer it is going to take when you try to DIY your entire house as compared to hiring someone to do it for you professionally?

A dog who exhibits behavioral issues is a dog who is suffering emotionally and psychologically. When the dog is obviously suffering, why prolong the agony and make the dog suffer longer unnecessarily?

Hope this makes sense.

Thank you.

Taking a timid dog to a crowded mall during Chinese New Year for some training.


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