At Petco, we encourage pet parents take a positive approach to make dog training an enjoyable, fulfilling activity. By nurturing bonds with dogs through positive reinforcement, the training process becomes easier for everyone involved.Petco Positive Dog Training
Our Professional Dog Trainers undergo an intense 16-week training program that is updated yearly with the most cutting-edge methods, ideas and principles. Classes utilize proven, science-based training principles based on research conducted by internationally renowned psychologist and behaviorist, B.F. Skinner.
To help dogs retain positive behaviors, our classes keep a dog's mind engaged and in a constant state of learning while our trainers closely observe how dogs are responding to their pet parents to optimize training. This includes:
Training and classes are for dogs only. Current vaccinations required. Available in select locations. Class selection may vary by location.
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 Board Certified Veterinarian Behaviorist and are 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:
Loose leash walking is a common training challenge for 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 be rewarded with treats when they do not pull. Treats can be viewed as your dog’s paycheck.Safely Approaching and Interacting with Dogs
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 an unaccompanied 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 a person should stay in this position until they can no longer see the dog. It's important to never try to pet a dog that is running loose without a pet parent nearby.