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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, Petco encourages pet parents to take a positive approach. As you nurture your bond with your dog through positive reinforcement, you'll find that the training process becomes easier.
The Petco Positive Dog Training program offers fun, educational classes in a safe setting that teaches pet parents how dogs think, learn and communicate. They also provide advice on how to encourage and reward your dog’s polite manners in real world situations such as walking through a busy crowd, encountering other leashed dogs during walks and meeting new people. This positive, voluntary and reward-based method promotes a relationship of mutual respect and trust between pet and pet parent.
Petco Dog Trainers undergo an intense 16-week training program that is updated yearly with the most cutting-edge training methods, ideas and training principles. Classes utilize proven, science-based training principles based on research conducted by internationally renowned psychologist and behaviorist, B.F. Skinner. This includes teaching reward-based, positive reinforcement for good behavior and how to redirect or ignore unwanted behaviors.
To help dogs retain what behavior has been rewarded, classes keep a dog’s mind engaged and in a constant state of learning while trainers closely observe how pets are responding to pet parents to optimize the positive reinforcement approach. This includes:
Talk to a store associate for dog training class schedules, details and pricing. Training and classes are for dogs only. Current vaccinations required. Dog training classes are available in select locations. Selection of classes may vary by location.
Loose leash walking is a common training challenge of many pet parents; however, it is fairly simple to teach. If your dog pulls, stop walking. When your dog stops pulling, walk forward. This is just like a game of “Red Light, Green Light.” Dogs can also be rewarded with treats when they do not pull. Treats can be viewed as your dog’s paycheck. Most people would not pull on a leash if they received $100!Loose Leash Walking Video:
The first thing people need to understand is how to properly greet a dog. To approach a dog walking on a leash with their pet parent, Petco Certified Dog Trainers recommend that people follow the “SAFE” method:
If a loose dog approaches a person, they should “make like a tree” by standing as still as possible, keeping their hands by their sides or behind them, looking down at the ground and staying quiet. Dogs will most likely lose interest and walk away, but people should stay in this position until they can no longer see the dog. It’s important to remember to never try and pet a dog that is running loose without a pet parent nearby.
Petco Dog Trainers undergo an intense 16-week training program which includes 12 weeks of hands-on training in actual dog training classes. The Petco Dog Training Class Curricula and Petco Dog Training Apprentice Program were created by Fanna Easter, reviewed by an independent Boarded Certified Veterinarian Behaviorist and updated annually so Petco Dog Trainers learn the most updated training methods, ideas and training principles. Easter is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT- KA), Graduate of Karen Pryor Academy (KPA CTP), Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (ACDBC) and Graduate of Purdue DOGS course.Key attributes of the program: