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 $149

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 $149

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.


Private classes

Private Lessons In Store

Private Lessons In Store

Looking for customized training solutions and one-on-one instruction? Tailored to the needs of you and your dog, you might work on "sit," "down," "stay," coming when called or loose-leash walking, or address unwanted behaviors such as barking, chewing or potty training. Talk to a store partner about options for private lessons in our Petco locations, and explore 4-week and 6-week packages.


Other Programs

Free Puppy Playtime

Free Puppy Playtime

In an effort to reduce social gatherings and help slow the spread of COVID-19, we’ve temporarily cancelled all Puppy Playtime events at Petco stores.

Pet parents are encouraged to continue reinforcing positive dog behaviors at home by following these tips from Petco’s dog training experts.

Click here for COVID-19 info and resources for pet parents.

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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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
(Coming Soon)

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!