Dog Training

Training packages are open to members and non-members.
Please see our Membership Page for members-only training options.

Every dog is different and every dog owner has different goals for their dog. For that reason we have developed three different training packages for your consideration.

 

What you need to know about our training packages:

Medical breakthroughs have allowed us to better understand how a dog thinks, how a dog processes information, how a dog learns. All of our training packages and training methods have been developed by these cutting advancements in mapping a dog's brain.

Here's what you need to know about our training methods:

  • Studies have shown that you lose a dog's attention after 15 minutes of training. All of our training dogs begin their day around 6:00 am and train in 15 minute intervals. This process continues all throughout the day with anywhere from 6-10 training sessions a day.
  • We do NOT use shock collars!!! Shock collar training is fast and it works. Dogs come home to their owner with impressive obedience. Unfortunately, the side effects of shock collar training may or may not show up for months or years but in most instances there are side effects. No matter who tells you that shock collar training is only "stimulation," rest assured that shock collar training is just what the name implies. Shock collar training is avoidance training. A dog learns how to avoid being hurt.
  • Our training packages begin with 100% positive reinforcement. Simply put, we teach a dog what we want them to do through repetition and reinforcement with primary rewards such as treats and secondary rewards such as praise. Once a dog fully understands what we want them to do, we do introduce leash corrections. We like to remind dog families that the reason that we don't speed is because we consider the consequences. We show up on time for work because we don't want to get fired.
  • As you may be aware, The Dog Knowledge trains service dogs for the disabled. When you think about it, training a dog to open and close a cabinet, retrieve a set of keys, turn lights on and off, sound an alarm, etc. are really only "tricks." For all of these advanced behaviors we use 100% positive reinforcement. We never even use the word "no," instead, we say "uh oh" when a dog makes an incorrect choice. We've also incorporated a few tricks in each training package especially when a dog is in a household with children. Tricks are a way to get children involved with the family pet and provide mental stimulation for a dog.

Basic Training Package

4 weeks living at The Dog Knowledge
$1995

Enroll your dog in the basic training package and your dog will become a resident of The Dog Knowledge for 4 weeks. During that time, we pride ourselves in our ability to open up your dog's mind to learn the skills, manners and obedience he needs to be a welcome part of your family and community. Your dog will participate in multiple training sessions throughout the day which keeps training fun and exciting. In addition to obedience, we will “charge the clicker” with your dog, teach him some basic tricks, and introduce him to our agility course. Your dog will enjoy walks, playtime and a home like atmosphere in our Sam’s Town Cottages. Includes a 1 hour in home session or (2) 1 hour at sessions at our facility with trainer, a take home instructional DVD and a TDK bandana with training graduate badge.

Intermediate Training Package

6 weeks living at The Dog Knowledge
$2895

This package takes training to the next level.  Beyond our beginner training package, our intermediate program will tap into your dog's mind and innate desire to please to teach him some amazing skills.  Your dog will be a resident of The Dog Knowledge for 6 weeks, during which he will master basic obedience and clicker skills.  In addition, he will learn a variety of tricks, be introduced to the treadmill, and enjoy plenty of swim time in our 28' pool.  We will help your dog become not just a good dog, but a superstar.  Your dog will enjoy walks, playtime and a home like atmosphere in our Sam’s Town Cottages. Includes a 1 hour in home session or (2) 1 hour at sessions at our facility with trainer, a take home instructional DVD and a TDK bandana with training graduate badge.  He will also earn his Canine Good Citizen certification and be eligible for future training to become a Therapy or Service Dog.**

Advanced Training Package

8 weeks living at The Dog Knowledge
$3795

THE ULTIMATE
TRAINING PACKAGE!

Everything offered in our basic & intermediate training packages, and so much more. Depending on your interests and your dog’s drive and natural abilities, once we master basic obedience, we introduce your dog to specific areas of interest for specialized training such as agility, search and rescue, service dog work, tracking, scent detection, etc. The direction your dog’s training takes the last couple of weeks of his 8 week stay with us, will be determined by you, the owner and recommendation from the trainers. We will send home the dog you’ve dreamed of owning. Includes a 1 hour in home session or (2) 1 hour at sessions at our facility with trainer, a take home instructional DVD, a TDK bandana with training graduate badge and his very own Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog Certification.**

BASIC PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • HEEL - walking on loose leash without pulling
  • PLACE - remain in a defined area
  • SIT - auto sit when heeling, sit on command
  • DOWN - remain in a down with distractions
  • CRATE TRAINING - if needed
  • RECALL - coming when called
  • CLICKER INTRODUCTION
  • OWNER'S CHOICE* (one choice)
  • ALL DAY WORKING GRADUATION
  • IN-HOME LESSON

INTERMEDIATE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • HEEL - walking on loose leash without pulling
  • PLACE - remain in a defined area
  • SIT - auto sit when heeling, sit on command
  • DOWN - remain in a down with distractions
  • CRATE TRAINING - if needed
  • RECALL - coming when called
  • CLICKER INTRODUCTION
  • CANINE GOOD CITIZEN OR MID-LEVEL BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION**
  • OWNER'S CHOICE* (two choices)
  • ALL DAY WORKING GRADUATION
  • IN-HOME LESSON

ADVANCED PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • HEEL - walking on a loose leash without pulling
  • PLACE - remain in a defined area
  • SIT - auto sit when heeling, sit on command
  • DOWN - remain in a down with distractions
  • CRATE TRAINING - if needed
  • RECALL - coming when called
  • CLICKER INTRODUCTION
  • CANINE GOOD CITIZEN CERTIFICATION OR ADVANCED BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION**
  • THERAPY DOG CERTIFICATION**
  • OWNER'S CHOICE* (three choices)
  • WORKING GRADUATION
  • TWO IN-HOME LESSONS

Items in bold come under the heading of obedience and all dogs will be expected to master these skills before graduating.
Success with additional items listed in each package may depend on your dog's breed, aptitude, personality, age and past experiences.


*Owner's Choice has been added to all of our training packages to allow you to select some additional training unique to your household and your dog such as jumping up in the car, teaching a fun trick or two, desensitizing to household items such as the vacuum cleaner, strollers, umbrellas, learning to "leave it" on command, etc.
 
**Titles such as Service, Therapy, CGC, etc are awarded to dogs who have exceptional obedience and temperament.

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