In-Store

Dog Training

Your neighborhood destination for positive training

From puppyhood to beyond, our in-store dog training helps build a sense of community as you enjoy real-time feedback and modeling, plus access to the resources needed for success -- from food and supplies to services and advice.

Darris Cooper

Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), Certified National Dog Training Expert, Fear-Free Animal Trainer, and AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Private lessons? Group classes? We’ve got you covered.

Our classes are designed for all ages and breeds, allowing you to customize a curriculum led by our certified trainers and AKC evaluators.

  • Private Classes
  • Group Classes

Single Private Lesson $89

Get personalized learning that’s focused on your dog’s precise needs.

4-Session Private Lessons $229 ($56 per session)

Our private packages are a great way to train your dog consistently over a longer duration, all at a great value.

6-Session Private Lessons $299 ($50 per session)

Maximize your training time and budget with consistent, personalized classes that adapt as your dog learns.

Complete Package $379 ($475 Value)

Create a customized, comprehensive program that meets you and your dog’s needs. 3-Class Package Includes: 19-weeks of training, consisting of your choice of three Group Classes, plus one Private Lesson. Classes end with AKC-certified STAR test (for puppies) or AKC CGC test (for adult dogs)

The Essentials Package $249 ($298 Value)

Give your puppy or adult dog more confidence by covering all their training basics. 2-Class Package Includes: 12-weeks of training, consisting of your choice of two Group Classes, including Level 1, Level 2 or AKC Canine Good Citizen class

Single Classes $149

Pick from our curated assortment of six-session group classes for training tailored to your dog’s needs from puppy to adulthood.

Puppy Level 1 (4-6 months):

Focuses on socialization and familiarizing your puppy with basic behaviors and cues

Puppy Level 2 (4 – 6 months):

Expands on puppy basic behaviors and introduces the concept of establishing those behaviors as routine

Adult Level 1 (6+ months):

Designed to help you train and communicate better with your older puppy or mature dog

Adult Level 2 (6+ months):

Sets your dog up for success by expanding on lessons learned in Level 1 with the introduction of more advanced and complex training environments

AKC Canine Good Citizen:

The American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen certification is recognized as a high standard of dog behavior and is an excellent way to prepare for therapy dog training or dog sports.

Puppy Level 1 (4-6 months):

Focuses on socialization and familiarizing your puppy with basic behaviors and cues

Puppy Level 2 (4 – 6 months):

Expands on puppy basic behaviors and introduces the concept of establishing those behaviors as routine

Adult Level 1 (6+ months):

Designed to help you train and communicate better with your older puppy or mature dog

Adult Level 2 (6+ months):

Sets your dog up for success by expanding on lessons learned in Level 1 with the introduction of more advanced and complex training environments

AKC Canine Good Citizen:

The American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen certification is recognized as a high standard of dog behavior and is an excellent way to prepare for therapy dog training or dog sports.

New to Petco?

Get help from one of our positive reinforcement experts. Enroll in a $25 private lesson today.*

*Valid for new training customers only. Limit to one class per pet. In-store only.

Training takes positivity

We believe in the power of positive training, guided by expert-tested methods meant to build trust and support your dog’s physical, social and mental health.

Training Takes Mentors

Enjoy peace of mind knowing your dog is in good hands. We've helped more than 1 million families with our positive training methods and recommendations. Learn more about some of our trainers credentials and expertise.

Proven method

We've cheered on more than one million successful dog graduates as they've gained the skills and confidence needed to better enjoy life with their pet parents.

AKC-certified

All our Petco-certified trainers are AKC CGC evaluators and are taught science-based training principles that reward appropriate behaviors instead of punishing negative ones.

360º health & wellness advisor

From nutrition recommendations to our favorite products and training tools, we’ll be by your side with guidance throughout every stage of you and your dog’s life together.

Ready to get started? We have your training supplies covered

From barking and chewing to calming and potty training, we have products for every training need.

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FAQs

It depends on the class level. Puppies can take their first class starting at 2-4 months, while more mature dogs can start at 6 months.

Class times vary by store location. The group class you enroll in will occur at the same time every week for 6 consecutive weeks (week may be skipped if class falls on major holiday).

A current copy of your dog's vaccination records, a 6 foot nylon or leather leash, a collar or harness, training treats and a treat pouch, and cleanup bags.

To participate in trianing classes we require to see up-to-date documentation of age-appropriate vaccinations including:

  • Parvovirus, hepatitis, and distemper vaccinations for all dogs and puppies.
  • Rabies vaccination for dogs aged 16 weeks or older (if a medical reason prohibits your pet from receiving this vaccination, please consult your trainer ahead of visit).
  • Parvovirus (panleukopenia), herpesvirus-1 (viral rhinotracheitis), and calicivirus for cats.
  • New York City administrative code also requires to show proof of vaccinations for para-influenza, parvovirus within the past three years and for Bordetella within the past six months.

You can receive a full refund up to the start of the second class, after that we will make sure that you reach your training goals - even if it means retaking the class for free.

We want to set you and your dog up to be successful! If you have already had some type of formal training with your (older than six months) dog, you may be ready for our Adult Level 2 class. Our Puppy Level classes are based on the age of your puppy.

You will get six classes in total. Together we will figure out a makeup class for you and your dog.

We schedule around major holidays and will add an additional week to ensure you get your six classes in the amount of weeks needed to complete them!

It depends on the size of the training area, as we follow our safety policy to always keep a minimum of three feet in between dogs at all times!