Searching for the perfect training service? Meet with our Canine Training Specialist for a consultation to discuss your dog’s needs, develop an individualized training plan, and choose what’s best to reach your goals.
Our training categories are (I) Group Courses, (II) Stay & Train, and (III) Private Lessons.
Consultations are 30 minute meetings. The cost of the consultation will be automatically applied to the training service of your choice.
Put your puppy on the path to success in our Preschool course! You will be a proud puppy parent as your dog learns basic obedience commands, is positively exposed to new experiences, and receives plenty of opportunities to socialize and have fun! Learn more about your puppy’s life stages and how they affect his or her learning and growth.” And “Understand the power of patience and fun when training your dog.” Includes Obstacle Challenge, Pass the Puppy game, or DC field trip.
- Gain knowledge and insight into the way dogs learn, helping you to better communicate with your puppy.
- Learn the most effective and efficient ways to potty train your puppy (one of the most important factors in your pup’s early stages).
- Receive resources and tips regarding basic first aid and common grooming tasks that can be completed at home.
Your puppy learns…
- How to respond to his or her name and focus on you.
- The “Sit” and “Down” commands, taught from their foundations in order to establish consistent, reliable responses from your puppy.
- To immediately return to you when given a verbal recall command (this exercise could save your dog’s life!).
- How to walk on a loose leash, staying within an invisible bubble around your body.
Your Canine Training Specialist will guide you through teaching your dog the basic skills needed to be a respectful and obedient member of the family. Learn to build your dog’s obedience behaviors from the ground up, ensuring strength and reliability in each command. Our Beginner Obedience course leads you on a wonderful path towards being the proactive owner of a well-mannered dog. (It is open to dogs of all ages; however, females in season may not attend.) You will learn to teach your dog to do the following:
- Go into the “Sit” or “Down” position on a verbal command, and stay in the position until asked to do otherwise.
- Return to you immediately when given a verbal recall command (such as “Come” or “Here”).
- Promptly focus on you when being called by his or her name.
- Walk on a loose leash at your side.
- Immediately respond to a verbal “Leave It” command when approaching something you want him or her to avoid.
- Go to a “Place” bed when given the verbal command, and remain quiet & polite while on the bed, only coming off when given permission to do so.
- Obey an “Off” verbal command when jumping up on people, furniture, or other animals.
- Continue to obey commands despite increased distance, duration, and distractions.
Our Intermediate Obedience course is the next step for dogs who have graduated from our Beginner Obedience or Puppy Preschool courses. Together, you and your Canine Training Specialist will take your dog’s training to the next level by further proofing and generalizing the commands learned in Beginner Obedience. Your Specialist will guide you through gradually adding various levels of distractions, as well as distance and duration, to the commands your dog has previously learned. The inclusion of these three factors in your dog’s training not only improves the reliability of your dog’s positive behaviors, but also ensures a prompt response from him or her. Your Specialist will also guide you and your dog through the following:
- Transforming your loose leash walking skills into a verbal “Heel” command
- Having your dog sit automatically at all doors
- Raising expectations for all previously learned commands
- Transferring the “Place” command to a different object
- Strengthening the Recall command, using increased distance and distractions
- Properly maintaining previously learned behaviors and proofing them for reliability in real-life scenarios
(If your dog has not attended Olde Towne Pet Resort’s Beginner Obedience class, he or she must test into Intermediate Obedience.)
Taking part in our Beginner Agility course is an amazing way to build your dog’s confidence and strengthen your bond together as you both get exercise and have lots of fun! Agility is an extremely popular sport that can be enjoyed competitively or simply for pleasure. It requires concentration, patience, and coordination, but is sure to increase your dog’s willingness to work with you as you overcome many challenging obstacles as a team.
Your Canine Training Specialist will teach you and your dog how to safely navigate through our outdoor Agility course, one obstacle at a time. Your dog will receive lots of rewards and encouragement along the way, helping to significantly raise the level of confidence in him or her.
Beginner Agility students will be introduced to multiple obstacles:
- Jump Poles
- Tire Jump
- Dog Walk
- Weave Poles
Our Intermediate Agility course is a direct extension of Beginner Agility. Now is the time to expand upon your dog’s ability to navigate challenging obstacles by stringing them together in sequences. Your Canine Training Specialist will guide you as you improve communication and teamwork with your dog, building upon your skills as a handler.
Intermediate Agility students will learn to perform a number of different obstacle sequences, including but not limited to:
- Jump Poles & Tire
- A-Frame & Tunnel
- Tunnel & Dog Walk
- Weave Poles & Jump Poles
- Jump Poles, Tire & A-Frame
- A-Frame, Tunnel & Dog Walk
(If your dog has not attended Olde Towne Pet Resort’s Beginner Agility class, he or she must test into Intermediate Agility.)
Our CGC course is an excellent way to strengthen the existing bond you have with your dog as you learn and train together. This eight-week course is designed to fully prepare you and your dog for the official AKC-approved Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. Dogs that pass the CGC test are entitled to either an AKC CGC title or certification.
Your dog’s passing of the CGC test not only exhibits you as a responsible pet owner, but also showcases your dog as a well-mannered, obedient, and respectful member of society. The training your dog receives in this course can also go a long way in improving his or her socialization skills, manners in public, basic obedience, and ability to stay calm in new situations.
During this course, your Canine Training Specialist will guide you through perfecting your dog’s performance of the following test items:
- Accepting a Friendly Stranger
- Sitting Politely for Petting
- Appearance and Grooming
- Out for a Walk
- Walking Through a Crowd
- Sit and Down on Command & Staying in Place
- Coming When Called
- Reaction to Another Dog
- Reaction to Distraction
- Supervised Separation
After successful completion of the course, your Specialist will administer the CGC test. After passing the test, your dog’s achievements will be celebrated with a photo shoot and goody bag full of AKC-official CGC merchandise!
Our Stay & Train program can be tailored to suit the individual needs of you and your canine companion. In this program, your dog will receive intensive one-on-one training from our Canine Training Specialist while boarding at our luxurious facility.
Your Specialist will begin the program by meeting with you and your dog for a thirty minute consultation to get to know you better, listen to your concerns and assess your training needs. Your Specialist will work with you to create a Training Plan that is unique to your dog and addresses the specific behaviors you want from him or her.
Once your Training Plan has been developed and your dog has checked in, the training sessions will begin. Each day of his or her boarding stay, your dog will receive four to eight training sessions, each lasting fifteen to thirty minutes. These short but frequent sessions keep your dog focused and motivated throughout training, and help to further solidify the positive behaviors you want to see. Your canine will have one “free” day each week of the stay, when he or she can take it easy while being lovingly pampered by our caring staff.
The recommended length of your dog’s Stay Stay & Train will be dependent upon his or her individual training needs, but most tend to stay with us for one to two weeks. During this time, your Canine Training Specialist will maintain open communication with you regarding your dog’s progress, and may provide you with digital photographs and/or videos of your dog while training.
At the end of your dog’s stay with us, we will meet with you for a Departure Session, when your Specialist will not only explain and demonstrate the new behaviors your dog has learned, but will also empower you with the tools and knowledge necessary to maintain the training at home.
After your Departure Session, you will have up to three weeks to redeem a complimentary Follow-Up Session with your Specialist. During this session, your Specialist will assess your dog’s progress since returning home, and continue helping you to generalize his or her new behaviors into your everyday life.
Services Included in Stay & Train Package:
- Thirty Minute Consultation
- Daily Training Sessions
- Departure Session
- Follow-Up Session
$1000: 1-week stay (plus boarding fees)*
$1750: 2-week stay (plus boarding fees)*
$2500: 3-week stay (plus boarding fees)*
$3000: 4-week stay (plus boarding fees)*
*25% off regular boarding rates (except during blackout periods)
Private lessons allow you to be present and active while receiving one-on-one guidance from your Canine Training Specialist. The goal is to build trust between you and your pet, encourage positive behavior, and strengthen your bond.
Your Specialist will begin your Private Lesson service by meeting with you and your dog for a thirty minute consultation. This meeting will allow your Specialist to get to know you both, listen to your concerns and assess your training needs. Your Specialist will work with you to create a Training Plan that addresses the specific behaviors you want to see in your dog in a way that is tailor-made for him or her.
Private Lessons may include a range of exercises, including behavioral work, learning tricks, or even agility training. We offer a variety of packages to better suit your needs.
Private Lessons are an excellent choice for pet parents looking for more individualized instruction from their Canine Training Specialist. Private Lessons are also great for parents with irregular schedules, dogs that perform more consistently in smaller groups, and training that is directed towards a specific set of skills or behaviors.
Each Private Lesson lasts one hour. Lessons may be purchased individually, or in packages of three or five.