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Petco Positive Dog Training

Build a lifetime bond with your dog through fun and positive classes.

Proper training is essential for a long, happy and safe relationship with your dog, setting the foundation to ensure your dog stays physically fit, mentally alert, socially engaged and emotionally happy. To make dog training an enjoyable and fulfilling activity, our approach is positive, rewards-based, fun and effective.

Find the best fit for you and your dog.

For puppies 2-4 months old

This 6-week introductory group class focuses on socialization and is designed to teach your puppy basics including "sit," loose leash walking and to come when called. This dog training class also covers problem-solving ideas for potty training, chewing, teething, digging and more.

For puppies between 4-6 months old

This 6-week group class expands on lessons learned in Level 1, phases out the use of treats so you can have a well-mannered puppy all the time and introduces fun activities to help keep your puppy's mind active!

This comprehensive two-class package covers the basics of your puppy's educational needs. Includes puppy level 1, puppy level 2 and AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test.

This comprehensive package gives your puppy the very best in training. This three-class package includes puppy level 1, puppy level 2, one of our adult dog classes, a private lesson and AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test.

For dogs over 6 months old

This 6-week introductory group class is designed to help you better communicate and train your older puppy or mature dog. Dogs will learn skills such as "leave it," "wait" and walking on a loose leash. This class also addresses challenges such as jumping, barking and digging.

For dogs that have graduated from Adult Dog Level 1

This 6-week group class expands on lessons learned in Level 1, introduces distractions so your dog will learn to listen in any situation and teaches you fun games to play with dogs of any age.

For dogs that have graduated from Adult Dog Level 2

The American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (AKC CGC) certification is recognized as a high standard of dog behavior and is an excellent way to prepare for therapy dog training. This training class prepares you and your dog to take the AKC CGC test as well as improve on behaviors already learned.

This comprehensive two class starter package for your dog includes adult level 1 and adult level 2 or AKC Canine Good Citizen class and AKC Canine Good Citizen test.

This comprehensive three class package for your dog includes adult level 1 and adult level 2, AKC Canine Good Citizen class, a private lesson and AKC Canine Good Citizen test.

The Petco Positive Dog Training program promotes a relationship of mutual respect and trust between the pet and pet parent by using positive, rewards-based training methods to teach how our dogs think, learn, communicate and how to encourage appropriate behavior for real-world applications.

Our 1-hour workshops teach hands-on solutions to common behavior issues and are designed for busy pet parents, so you can make progress on your schedule. Workshops are suitable for all dogs with no prerequisite classes required.
Current vaccinations required.

Leash Manners workshop

Dogs that walk easily on a leash are more likely to get the exercise and socialization needed for a well-rounded life. Learn loose-leash walking and leash manners, so you can practice and enjoy walks together.

Sit and Down workshop

Learn two skills that help correct non-preferred behaviors. We’ll give you the tools you need to practice and perfect "sit" and "down" using positive reinforcement.

Stay workshop

Help your dog stay secure in off-leash situations at home or in public using the "stay" cue. This can be a challenging cue to teach, depending on the dog’s age and the number of distractions in the environment. We’ll give you the tools you need to practice and perfect "stay," with and without distractions.

Greeting People Politely workshop

Dogs that know how to greet people politely make a great first impression at home and in public. Learn how to correct jumping up behaviors, so you can practice and perfect this skill together.

Potty Training workshop

We’ll give you the tools you need to make this essential routine easy for you and your pet. Learn to organize, plan and establish a new potty training routine.

Behavioral Substitution workshop

Dogs that chew, bark and dig can create a lot of stress in the home, but with understanding and patience, these common behaviors can be corrected. We’ll give you the tools you need to practice and perfect behavioral substitution.

Crate Training workshop

Let us help you create a positive crate training experience for you and your dog. Crates serve as a den-like space where dogs can go to sleep and relax. They’re also helpful in keeping dogs comfortable while you’re away. Learn to crate train your puppy or dog using positive reinforcement and useful rules for safety.

Wait and Leave It workshop

Help your dog understand two essential cues, "leave it" and "wait," which are different cues than "no" or "stay." We’ll give you the tools you need to practice and perfect these skills together.


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Group Classes

We offer group classes for dogs of all ages where you and your dog can learn valuable lessons while socializing with other dogs and people in a fun group setting.

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AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification

Prepare for the AKC Canine Good Citizen certification, a widely-recognized high standard of polite behavior and excellent preparation for therapy dog training. We also offer the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test.

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Seminars & Workshops

We provide workshops and free 30-minute seminars that are positive, fun and informative.

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Private Lessons

Looking for customized training solutions and one-on-one instruction? Private lessons can be tailored to you and your dog's needs.

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Meet a Trainer

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Learn the Basics

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Potty Training Tips

Loose Leash Walking Tips

Because pet safety is our first priority, we require all pets being socialized in our dog training classes be current on their vaccinations. All required vaccinations must be administered at least 24 hours prior to your pets appointment. Vaccination requirements vary by state & city, please contact your local petco for details.