Which Training Class is Right for My Dog?

Find the class that’s perfect for you and your dog’s needs

Our Certified Trainers use positive reinforcement techniques that are effective and fun in both group and private settings. Learn how to teach and bond with your dog in these classes and courses:
  • Potty Training: This results-focused one-hour seminar covers effective potty training for puppies or dogs of any age.

  • Puppy: A 6-week introductory course for puppies between 10 weeks to 5 months old that focuses on building a strong bond and teaching you how to communicate with your dog. This course also addresses socialization and preventing common problem behaviors. Cues taught: Sit, Down, Wait, Come When Called and many more

  • Beginner: A 6-week introductory course for dogs 5 months and older that teaches basic manners with impulse control and relationship-building exercises. It also focuses on management and redirection techniques for established problem behaviors. Cues taught: Wait, Come When Called, Leave It, and many more including how to walk nicely on a leash

  • Intermediate: A 6-week course ideal for dogs who have completed a Puppy or Beginner class. This course helps dogs who already know basic cues achieve the same results in different situations that add more distance, duration and distractions. Cues taught: Heel, Stay, Place (Go to Bed) and more

  • Tricks: A 6-week course for dogs 5 months and older who have passed a Puppy or Beginner class. This entertaining course uses positive reinforcement to teach tricks, improve communication and continue to build a bond. Cues taught: Crawl, Spin, Roll Over, Bow and more

  • Advanced: A 6-week course for Intermediate graduates that strengthens your dog’s behaviors to provide faster and more consistent responses and helps improve reliability in most environments and with limited training tools. This course also reviews the steps of an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluation.

  • Therapy: A 6-week course for Advanced class graduates suitable for any pet parent who wants to learn to communicate better with their pet and ideal for anyone who hopes to become a therapy team with their dog. Designed to help pet parents and their dogs learn and practice skills needed to take a therapy dog evaluation through the therapy group of their choice. You’ll learn to read your dog’s body language, identify signs of stress and enhance communication and reliability with your dog.

  • Boot Camp: A one-on-one session for PetsHotel dogs visiting us at PetsHotel or Doggie Day Camp. Our Accredited Trainers can help your dog master good manners and basic cues while your pet is in our care; available as a single 30-minute session or as a 4- or 8-pack.

  • Private Classes: In a setting with just you, your dog and an Accredited Trainer, we’ll teach new behaviors based on your dog’s unique needs. Offered as individual sessions, it’s a great option for pet parents with irregular schedules and for dogs who need extra attention.

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7 Need-to-Knows About Training
  1. Age Requirements Puppy classes are for dogs 10 weeks to 5 months old. Beginner, Intermediate and Advance courses are for dogs 5 months or older.
  1. Vaccinations DPP (Distemper, Parvo & Parainfluenza) & Rabies vaccinations are required for any dog over 4 months old. Proof must be provided in the first class, in order to participate.
  1. Behavior Aggressive dogs are not allowed in class. If your dog is nervous around other dogs but not aggressive, you can attend class, or you can schedule a free 15-minute evaluation with a trainer to determine if PetSmart training is the right fit for your dog. Your trainer may recommend private classes

  2. Class Time Each group course with 4-10 dogs is 1 hour each week for 6 weeks. It is recommended to show up early to the store to allow the dogs to familiarize themselves with the environment.

  1. Missed Classes Contact your trainer to schedule a make-up session. We can also hold your class, for up to a year, if you need to take a break from training.
  1. Gear Bring yummy, small-bite treats every week. Pet parents may bring a toy or chew as well as a blanket or bed, but it is not mandatory. Any flat, rolled or no-slip collar, face collar, body harness or no-pull harness is acceptable. Any 4-foot to 6-foot non-retractable, non-chain leash is approved. Please no Choke chains, prong or pinch collars or electronic collars.
  1. Dress Code Wear comfortable, non-slip shoes and leave personal belongings at home.

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