Training Academy

NEW - Now Offering ONLINE PROGRAMS during these trying times!
Live classes resuming in October!

Our Philosophy on Training

We believe that positive reinforcement based training is the most humane way to work with animals. While based on positive reinforcement training, we work with a full complement of training methods, concentrating on the least aversive method that succeeds given the situation. Positive reinforcement training is not about being permissive, nor about being a pushover for your dog. Positive reinforcement training is about establishing a relationship with your dog based on trust. Unlike aversive methods, positive reinforcement training is not about fear. We seek to reinforce the dogs' desirable behaviors (with attention, treats, praise and play) and, inversely, challenge ourselves to not reinforce the dog's undesirable behavior. While we prefer the use of a simple buckle collar, we recognize the need for specialized training aids in specific circumstances. We do not, however, use, nor advocate the use of electronic collars nor any type of harsh corrections.

We are keen on professional certification and credentials. After all, in the world of dogs, your pedigree is your ticket!

Class Details & Information On-line Class Programs

Class Types Offered

Group, Drop-In, Private, and
  • AKC Star Puppy Program
  • Puppy Skills and Socialization
  • Adolescent Reactive-Dog Behavior
  • Basic Manners & Building Block Skills
  • APDT C.L.A.S.S. Development Programs
  • AKC CGC, CGC-A, CGC-U & Pre-Therapy Classes
  • Games & Fun with Your Dog
  • AKC Agility 101 through 301
  • Doodling & Performing with Your Dog
  • AKC Obedience, Rally, Tricks & Conformation
  • Schutzhund / I.P.O. through U.S.A. Team/Club
  • NEW 100% Online Training Programs