How you train your dog is more important than how long you spend training. We know how important it is to have a predictable, well-mannered and loving dog that will be comfortable in any social setting, including children, adults or other dogs. Whether you have a new puppy, want to sharpen your older dog’s manners or expand their skill set, Dogtopia training can be tailored to your pup’s needs and will help enhance the joy of pet parenthood.
This comprehensive program is designed to teach obedience in the presence of distractions. Our professional trainer will have (3) 30-min dedicated one-on-one training sessions with your dog each day. We teach all the commands you’ll need and also focus on leash work to help with excessive pulling. Your dog is taught to hold commands until you free them as we simulate real-life distractions that really challenge them. There are two training programs we offer, a two-week course and a three-week course. The programs are the same curriculum, but the three-week program has more advanced work. The three-week course is great if your dog is more challenging or if you just want the most out of the training program to ensure your dog is the best your dog could possibly be. We do have a Board & Train option if you prefer to leave your dog here during the duration of the program. Day-class customers will drop their dogs off in the morning and pick them up in the evening just as they would normally for daycare.
Teaching you how to communicate with your dog is just as important to us as teaching your dog commands so included in this program is scheduling a one-hour session each week with our trainer to learn what was taught to your dog as well as how to reinforce our training at home. There are several great tips and tricks we will give you to help with raising your pup and we can help address any specific questions you have. Your dog will have an assigned trainer and they will work with them exclusively. Each trainer only is assigned four dogs so they get to know your dog very well, and when not with the trainer they will be socializing in the daycare area.
Socializing is a unique benefit that Dogtopia offers and is hugely important to your dog’s development. Our award-winning daycare is truly one of a kind! In the playrooms, dogs will gain confidence as they spend hours each day learning how to interact with dogs of various breeds and temperaments. Our certified Canine Coaches are observing and they will reinforce the training commands like their verbal recall and their sit and stay. We encourage good play habits and help break bad habits like jumping on people, mouthy-ness, face barking, and much more. Group classes are the most exciting part of this program for many and the final step in your obedience journey. Classes consist of other dogs who have graduated and their owners. The biggest difference in group class is that you have the leash now, not the trainer. Our trainers set very clear boundaries with the dogs and here we want to help you set those same boundaries. We really push your dog with distraction tests using the other dogs and owners while helping you correct them at key times. Once they are able to hold their commands in Group class they then can do so while you are in public, at stores, or on walks where will encounter several distractions.
Classes take place on Saturdays at Noon and four classes are included. You can join us back in Group Class any week for a small fee if you get busy and find it’s time to get brush up on their skills. Please contact us to schedule your training by calling 636-283-2444. Please see videos made by our trainer to explain the classes and the benefits of each command. Training Videos: Click here!
Private 1-on-1 Lesson
Some parents have a lot of questions and before being ready to commit to our full program. This consultation includes a Meet & Greet for your dog, and a 1-hour session with a trainer to work on any issues you have and we will teach you about our training methodology. After your session, the $60 charge for this individual session will go towards our training program if you are ready to commit.
During your appointment, you get a full tour of our store and we set you up to view our webcams through our APP, yes all rooms here have webcams to tune into! During your initial consultation, you and the trainer will together set goals for your dog and discuss the timeline for training. The trainer will answer all of your questions to ensure that you have a full understanding of how training works, as well as your important role in creating success for your pup. You will leave the initial session with several actionable ideas for how to get started and a good understanding of the methodology we use to train dogs.
Refresher Training Course
Our 1-week refresher training course is for dogs who have graduated training here. We will primarily focus in on the behavior that you tell us needs the most attention. This is great if you are a bit rusty and want us to get your dog back on the right path.
The 1-week training course includes a private 1-hour lesson with the trainer at the end of the week. It also includes 4 of our Group Classes so that you can get back into the swing of training with your dog in a group environment. You can start with a private 1-on-1 lesson and if you then proceed with the refresher course, the $60 charge will be credited towards this!
AKC CANINE GOOD CITIZEN (CGC)
WANT TO TAKE YOUR DOG’S TRAINING TO THE NEXT LEVEL?
The AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program at Dogtopia is for you! The CGC class at Dogtopia is the next step after taking our drop-in group class. It is a 6 week back-to-back group class where we work to graduate you and your dog to work without the use of training collars. Our CGC class will be taught by AKC Certified CGC Evaluators who will guide you and your dog to success. At the end of the 6-week CGC class, you and your dog will be tested for the ten CGC skills. The class starts at 6 pm on Tuesdays and will cost $120 to get enrolled.