HUNDESCHULE | Offline vs. Online Hundeschule - Pro & Kontra

DOG SCHOOL | Offline vs. online dog school - pros & cons


The dog school takes place for your dog of all ages both online and on site, offline. The online dog school and the offline dog school have their advantages and disadvantages, which we will list for you. 

Generally speaking, any form of dog school with your dog makes sense. It doesn't matter whether you decide on a puppy school, want to accompany your young dog through puberty or want to consolidate and refine the basics with your adult dog. 

Dogs that do not know any limits or learn the most important basics of dog training experience insecurities and feel responsible for all everyday tasks themselves. Without a dog school, it can quickly happen that your dog barks at everything, develops conspecific aggression or generally walks poorly on the leash, does not react to the recall or uses up resources.


The online dog school, as the name suggests, takes place online. At the online dog school you will receive access to your personal course that you have decided on. In terms of content, you will receive a predetermined dog training plan from the online dog school, the content of which is broken down into days or weeks. 

You can access a lesson from the online dog school at any time, complete it in one go or split it up over several days. Dog training is aimed at your needs and does not create stress or pressure to perform, either for you or your dog. 

You can mark completed lessons as “done” in the online dog school. This allows you to visualize the success of you and your dog. This increases your motivation and shows you what you have achieved with your dog. 

In the event of difficulties or individual problems in dog training, a group or forum at the online dog school offers help from dog trainers. The joint exchange with other course participants provides assistance in dog training in everyday life or supports you in motivation.

There are groups and forums for each topic where you can exchange ideas with us and other dog people who are also doing the course. 

In your member area you have the opportunity to network with other dog people and plan walks together.


The online dog school has advantages over the offline dog school. Some advantages of the online dog school may be decisive for you to only complete online dog training with your dog.

Transparency of an online dog school

In an online dog school, you know from the start which course content will accompany you and your dog. The course contents are disclosed in advance at the online dog school. You decide whether this course content in the online dog school is relevant for you and your dog. 

Dog trainers who offer an online dog school show online presence. Free content on social networks or YouTube gives you an insight into the work and the training methods. The transparency enables you to assess the online dog school for you in advance whether it suits you as a dog-human team.


Everyone lives a different lifestyle and not every job follows the “9 to 5” model. Flexible working time models offer the opportunity to work from all over the world or there are different shift models. In addition to the professional world, the focus is on leisure time. In contrast to an offline dog school, the online dog school adapts to your lifestyle. Do you want to train your dog early on a Monday, or late at night on the weekend? No problem! All you need for the online dog school is a device such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet and your dog. 

In addition to the flexibility in time, the learning speed of your dog offers you maximum freedom in the online dog school. You can expand the course content and training in the way you and your dog need it. There is no high pressure to perform for you and your dog by comparing yourself to other dog-human teams, as you do in an offline dog school. Everyone learns individually quickly and our dogs do the same.

Location independent

In principle, dog training should go hand in hand with your values. You won't find offline dog schools everywhere that design dog training according to your own wishes and at the same time teach in your area. 

The location independence of your online dog school enables you to bring your values and training methods of dog training to your home. We now know that dogs learn in a very localized way. This means that normal dog training at the dog training area is successful on site, but it is of little help to you in everyday life. If you implement the course content of the online dog school in your environment, your dog not only learns in different situations, but at the same time in its own environment. This is a relief for territorially insecure dogs.

For every dog

Breed discrimination does not only take place in legislation, but also in normal dog schools. Not every breed is welcome at the dog school. It can happen that dog owners of certain breeds are left in the lurch. In addition to breeds that are on so-called breed lists (listed dogs), dog owners of small dog breeds also have trouble finding a suitable offline dog school. The online dog school does not discriminate against any dog breed and offers dog training options for small, medium-sized or large dogs.

Knowledge available at any time

Do you know that? You have an exciting conversation and you learn something interesting. At the same moment you can no longer summarize the content or forget it. This often happens to dog owners in the offline dog school. 

Dog trainers explain a lot of theory while your own dog distracts you or the theory part in the offline dog school covers too much. In the online dog school you get access to content, you can watch the dog training repeatedly and read the theory. It doesn't matter if you look up the content of the online dog school several times within a week or if you want to access it after several years. Connections of dog training are easier for you to understand and the reason for your actions is explained logically for you.

Video material, training plans and workbooks

The online dog school offers the right form of learning for every type of learner. You will receive videos with training units and exercises, additional texts to read about the theory and training plans with the structure of an exercise. Checklists for your workbook complement your training. The variety of materials that you get in the online dog school is the perfect companion in dog training.

Grosse Community

An online dog school accompanies many more dog-human teams than an offline dog school. The size of the community allows you to connect with many other dog people. Exchange experiences with the same breeds, or your general experiences with your dog. Because there is no pressure to perform, the exchange with other course participants helps you and your dog to respond individually to your needs. 

You can organize social walks, i.e. controlled walks together, meet and much more.


The price of an online dog school course seems steep at first glance, scaled down it is low. At the Vitomalia online dog school, the “Basic Obedience” course costs €249.00. The course is divided into 8 weeks with weekly focal points and new content every day. The online dog school course "Basic obedience" corresponds to 56 hours at an offline dog school. With 56 hours of online dog school, this corresponds to a price of €4.45 per hour. Goodies such as vouchers and free bonuses have not yet been taken into account.


An offline dog school is a stationary dog school that either takes place on a dog training ground or conducts lessons in the area. 

The lessons usually take place weekly on a fixed day and at a fixed hour.


The individuality can neither be fully assigned to the online nor the normal dog school. Depending on the course structure and provider, the online dog school is super individual with advice on questions or concerns. An offline dog school works either in group courses or in individual lessons. Individual lessons allow plenty of room for individuality because questions are answered directly by the dog trainer.

Contact Person

The greatest advantage of a normal dog school is the direct contact person. The dog trainer addresses behavior during the course hour and advises people and their dog. In group lessons, individual care in the normal dog school is hardly possible. The behavior can be analyzed with the help of individual lessons and 1:1 training between the trainer and the dog-human team. The dog trainer acts as a direct contact and, because he or she knows the dog, can respond to questions directly.

behavioral problems

Many dogs show individual behavioral problems. These can be treated well in a normal dog school. Problem behavior in dogs has different causes. The dog trainer from an offline dog school can delimit the causes and define the goals of the dog training.

learning in the group

Some dogs are very happy with fellow dogs, other dogs don't care about fellow dogs, and other dogs don't like fellow dogs. An offline dog school with group courses offers learning and training in a structured setting in the presence of other dogs. 

The presence of other dogs is an external stimulus for your dog. If you practice with your dog while other dogs are around, you automatically generalize your training. A generalization is a transfer of the training situation into everyday life. For dogs with positive emotions or negative emotions in relation to their own kind, learning in the presence of other dogs is helpful.


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