Dog

Training

Every Training decision is a health and wellness decision.

This is why we're all about reward-based positive training that not only reinforces good behavior but also strengthens your pet’s total well-being.

Social Health

Enjoy more positive interactions between you and your pet to help build trust and create a stronger bond for a lifetime of love.

Physical Health

Give them the confidence and exercise to they need to explore new environments, dogs and people

Mental Health

Engages and stimulates your pet's mind through skills and and activities to cater to their well-being

You know your pet best. Book a training class that fits your needs.

Virtual or in-store. One-on-one or with a pack. We offer positive training classes for every schedule.

In-Store Dog Training

Create a custom curriculum at your neighborhood Petco by enrolling in a private lesson or group class.

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Online Dog Training

Safely train from the comfort of home via Zoom with one of our most expert certified trainers.

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Training takes positivity

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

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.

Positive Reinforcement backed by experts.
Meet our Pet Wellness Council

“To train a dog using positive reinforcement is to respect their dignity and worth as more than a possession obtained for personal satisfaction. If you want to build bonds with dogs, you must always choose a relationship built on positive reinforcement over one predicated on punishment, shame, or fear.”

Dr. Alexandra Horowitz

Sr. Research Fellow and Head of the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College, Columbia University.

“Positive reinforcement training is key to building lifelong bonds with our pets on a foundation of love and trust. As a veterinarian, I always recommend rewards-based training to pet parents looking for the best ways to keep the entire family healthy and happy together for as long as possible."

Dr. Whitney Miller, DVM, MBA, DACVPM

Petco head of veterinary medicine, board-certified in veterinary preventive medicine.

"Positive reinforcement training is not only the right thing to do for the dogs involved, but the most effective and rewarding educational platform for pet parents, too."

Dr. Andrew West

Director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

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!