Dogtopia of Birmingham offers premier in-house private training and puppy classes. Our trainers use motivational methods and targeting rewards that incorporate affection, praise, treats, toys and games. These effective, humane strategies are specifically tailored to each dog and owner to address and modify behavioral issues.
Our qualified trainers will get quick, positive results that solve problems and create a dog that WANTS to offer their owner good behavior over and over again.
Dog Training at Dogtopia of Birmingham
We offer three types of training:
Play + Train (Daycare Playgroup + Training Lessons):
- Outside + inside playgroup romping and relief + breakfast and lunch service
- 30 minutes personalized private training lessons
- Email lesson summary & recommendations
Play + Train + Stay (Daycare Playgroup + Training Lessons + Overnight stay)
- Outside playgroup romping and relief
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner service
- 1 hour personalized private training lessons
- All daycare playgroup and socialization
- Email lesson summary and recommendations
- Tuck in and cuddle time
- Savings: discount from buying training and daycare in package deals
Puppy Training Classes
- 6-week AKC STAR Puppy Class
- Classes begin September 2016
- Thursdays 7pm – 8pm
Our Dog Trainers
Liz Widmer has been training since 2003. She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and is an AKC – Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, a Therapy Dog International Evaluator and PetTech certified in Pet First Aid & CPR.
In the corporate world, Liz managed Corporate Training & Development and learned a great deal about how people learn and are motivated.
She previously worked as the Training Director and President of the Rio Grande Dog Obedience Club before moving to Michigan, were she then worked as an instructor at a local obedience school.
Liz served on the City of El Paso, Texas Animal Welfare Advisory Committee. She has earned many AKC Obedience & Rally Titles and has two working Therapy Dogs.
Liz is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and is an AKC – Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, a Therapy Dog International Evaluator and PetTech certified in Pet First Aid & CPR.
Steve Calcagno is an AKC – Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and PetTech certified Pet First Aid & CPR. He has been training his own dogs for many years and actively began training other people’s dogs over 5 years ago.
His career as a technical and process writer taught him to become an astute observer of people’s ingrained habits and behaviors. He soon discovered that his observation skills became a valuable asset in training.
Steve has one working Therapy Dog, and is currently working toward becoming a Therapy Dog International Evaluator.