Back in the fall we signed up for the first online dog training class I've ever taken. The class was taught by Fanny Gott and lasted about four months.
It was the best training class I've ever taken.
Advantages of online classes: You are able to show the instructor your best work. If your dog is having a bad day? Wait another day before taking your video. You have plenty of time to ask your questions and process your thoughts.
Things I loved about this class specifically: The training is just great. I know I've mentioned before that a lot of the clicker training in Europe is just more proficient than most of what's being done in the US. And this class is a great example. The training plans are brilliant. Allowing the dog to be as prepared as possible before doing the competition behaviors. Less incorrect approximations are reinforced. And it's all just beautiful. Not to mention Fanny and Thomas are successful in competition in a way that most clickerly people here are not. And that really stands out to me.
Things I learned in this class: The most obvious and most distressing and most important was that Griffin is too aroused while working. I have got to get him to settle. I don't need to keep building up his enthusiasm, though I should work to maintain what we have and I should expand his abilities to be working well as he will not work in some environments. Our playing has improved 10 times. This is helping all of our training. We've learned some new self control games that I'm sometimes teaching in classes too ("Reversed luring" and a send to bowl game that Griffin --loves--). This class was very, very good for us. It was great to see all the other dogs in the class, giving me more ideas on how to progress or on how it all fits together.
Now what?: The next group just opened for registration. I am attempting to use my self control to not sign up this time around. We're in an online running contact class, but it's just not as fun as obedience! I'm going to be reviewing our notes from class and continue to perfect our training/obedience exercises. And then, I'm not sure. We benefit from the help. I love obedience. I'd like to finally be ready to start trialing in obedience and agility.