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Dog & Puppy Training in Cary & Raleigh

From puppies to “old dogs,” our classes can help. Classes start at 8 weeks of age, noting that a dog’s socialization window starts at birth and continues through 6 months. The sooner your puppy gets started on the right track, the more successful your training will be. Our classes are offered on a rolling-enrollment system, so you can start at any time.

Family Pet classes are divided into three levels. Each level introduces new skills while continuing to work on previous skills with increasing difficulty and distraction. Although each level has specific skill requirements that must be met prior to moving on the next level, you and your dog will progress through the levels at your own pace. Spend as much or as little time in each level as you need to meet the goals.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

ORIENTATION (all new students)

Orientation is provided via email. We will discuss principles of training, how dogs learn, how to build a positive relationship with your dog. We will also cover class rules and equipment, and how to get the most out of our training classes.

PUPPY (8 weeks-6 months)

Focusing on socialization to dogs, people and objects, this class works on con dence building and communication between pet parent and dog. We also introduce basic commands and help prevent behavioral problems.

FAMILY PET CLASSES (>6 months)12719641_10153439509776964_8371962902454801655_o

Our Family Pet classes develop skills necessary for good companion dogs and build a foundation for dogs advancing into competition levels of sports and obedience. Although each level has specific skill requirements that must be met prior to moving on to the next level, you and your dog will progress through the levels at your own pace. Spend as much or as little time in each level as you need to meet the goals.

FAMILY PET 1—Foundation

Dogs and handlers learn the basics of paying attention, sit, down, stay, recalls and walking on a loose leash.

FAMILY PET 2—Distraction Proofing

This level continues to build the dog’s foundation, introducing new behaviors including: station training, “touch and leave it” and working with distractions.

FAMILY PET 3—Advanced Pet Skills

Dogs will continue to increase their proficiency in basic skills, learning to work under a variety of real life distractions. Off leash behavior, heeling, retrieving, tricks and introduction to dog sports.

DOGGIE DAY SCHOOL

In Doggie Day School, your dog works one-on-one with our professional dog trainers to encourage desirable behaviors such as leash walking, greeting visitors, manners, and tricks while also interacting with other dogs and people.

Dogs in Doggie Day School are exposed to a variety of situations and noises to help them be less reactive. Day School can help stop undesirable behaviors such as inappropriate barking, over-reactive behavior, and jumping up on people. As a pet becomes more advanced our trainers will begin to work with them on special tricks. After each day school session the trainer will write a report on what your dog learned that day and also give you some homework!

 

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