Petco Positive Dog Training

 
 
 

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

Proper training is essential for a happy relationship with your dog, helping to keep them physically fit, mentally alert and socially engaged. Our training classes teach pet parents to communicate with their dogs through rewards-based, fun and effective methods.

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Puppy classes

Puppy Level 1

Puppy Level 1

For puppies 2 to 4 months old
Starting at $129

This 6-week introductory group class focuses on socialization and is designed to familiarize your puppy with basic behaviors and cues, and addresses puppy specifics such as potty training, chewing, teething, digging and more.

 
 

Adult classes

Adult Dog Level 1

Adult Dog Level 1

For dogs over 6 months old
Starting at $129

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

 

Training together makes life easier.

Earn $40 Reward Dollars

When you purchase Level 1/2 Packages or 4 & 6 class Private Lesson Packages.
Pals membership required. Dogs only. Proof of current vaccinations required.
Exclusions apply. Offer expires 11/13/19. Excludes Single Lessons.

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Our Classes

To get started with sign-up or scheduling classes, call or visit your store location.

  • Puppy Level 1 – $119
    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.

  • Puppy Level 2 – $119
    For puppies between 4-6 months old

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

  • Puppy Essentials Package – $209

    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.

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  • Puppy Complete Package – $349

    This comprehensive package gives your puppy the very best training. … Includes three group classes: Puppy Level 1, Puppy Level 2, one of our adult classes, a private lesson and AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy test.

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  • Adult Dog Level 1 – $119
    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.

  • Adult Dog Level 2 – $119
    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.

  • Canine Good Citizen® Class – $119
    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.

  • Dog Essentials Package – $209

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

  • Dog Complete Package – $349

    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.

Our Programs

  • 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.

  • 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. class and test.

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

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

 

Because pet safety is our first priority, we require all pets being socialized in our 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.

 

Other Programs

 
Private Lessons

Private
Lessons

Are you looking for customized training solutions and one-on-one instruction? Private lessons can be tailored to meet the goals and lifestyle needs of you and your dog.

Talk to a store partner to learn more.

Free Puppy Playtime

Free Puppy Playtime

Play, bond and socialize
Every Saturday & Sunday | 1 pm

This 30-minute session provides puppies 8 weeks to 6 months a fun and supervised environment to learn social skills.

Dogs only. Proof of current vaccinations required. Not available at all locations.

In-home Dog Training

In-home
Dog Training

Get personalized dog training in your home. We'll match you with a trainer, who will come to your home and evaluate your dog and discuss your goals. The trainer will then work with you and your dog for an hour and give you a personalized plan to achieve your goals.

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The training experience
 

The training experience

Our people

Petco certified trainers are educated and passionate about the well-being of pets and pet parents and are dedicated to strengthening the bond between humans and dogs.

  • Instructors are taught science-based training principles that reward appropriate dog behaviors instead of punishing negative ones
  • All Petco certified trainers are AKC CGC evaluators and are able to offer the S.T.A.R. Puppy class and test and the Canine Good Citizen class and test

Our method

Positive Dog Training is a rewards-based approach to teaching pet parents how dogs think, learn and communicate. We focus on rewarding the behaviors we like to encourage appropriate dog behavior in the real world.

  • Positive reinforcement training is proven effective and builds a strong bond between the pet parents and dogs
  • Our trainers can build customized training plans to meet your goals and lifestyle
 
The training experience
 

The importance
of dog training

Training is an investment that pays off by making life with your dog easier and more enjoyable.

 
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Management Techniques

We give you the tools to set your family up to be successful.

Strengthen Bond

We help you bridge the gap to communicate with your dog.

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Socialization

Training increases your dog's confidence to explore the world.

Mental Stimulation

Engaging your dog's mind is as important as physical exercise.

Benefits of
training with us

Personalized classes

Personalized classes

Book and manage training classes on the Petco App

Book and manage training classes on the Petco App
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Earn Pals Rewards

Earn Pals Rewards

Expert dog trainers

Expert dog trainers

Frequently Asked Questions

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!