Group Classes vs. Private Puppy Training

April 10, 2023

One-on-one dog training

Bringing home a puppy is an exciting time. Puppy kisses, sweet snuggles, and their oh-so-cute face make falling in love with them easy. After a couple of weeks of accidents, chewed furniture, and lack of sleep, though, you may find that you are wondering why you haven’t already started training. Don’t fret because it’s never too late! But what type of training is right for you? 

Here are three different options to consider:

Group Class

Puppy classes are most often offered at a facility that emphasizes socialization with other puppies and an introduction to a few basic commands. 


  • Socialization with other puppies
  • Practice in a distracting setting
  • Cost-effective


  • Because the class is only held in the facility, your puppy doesn’t necessarily generalize their learning to other areas like your home, neighborhood, parks, restaurants, etc. 
  • Unable to focus on the manners or obedience commands you and your puppy want the most.

Private In-Home Training

Private Puppy Training - German Shepherd puppy

This training is done in your home, one-on-one with you and your puppy. 


  • Progress is made quickly in this environment as the trainer focuses on your puppy alone.
  • Learning is more effective in your home because this is where you need the puppy to listen
  • The program is customized to your wants and the puppy’s needs.
  • Socialization can be customized to your puppy. Keep in mind that socializing is not just about introducing them to other dogs. For more information read “Puppy Socialization: What, Why, When, and How“. 


  • More expensive than a group class

Board and Train

The most inclusive type of training is a board and train program where your puppy lives with a trainer or at a facility and receives daily training, often for 3-4 weeks. We recommend a program where the puppy lives in the trainer’s home. Not only is the puppy happier in this environment, but it will also simulate your day-to-day activities, which will help when the puppy comes home.


  • Obedience and manners have the best results in this program because of the extended time spent with the trainer.
  • Socialization across people, places, animals, etc. is heavily focused.
  • Housebreaking and crate training is more solidified in this program because the trainer will be working on it 24/7.


  • Most expensive program

All in all, keep in mind that in each program it is imperative to take what you learn and practice with your puppy. Consistency is key! You have many different options when it comes to training. If you have any questions about what is right for you, feel free to contact us.