The types of training are as follows:
•PUPPY KINDERGARTEN: This program is for dogs 8wks - 6mo of age. The program concentrates on teaching owners proper ways to communicate with their puppy in order to correct for unwanted behaviors like jumping, nipping and barking as well as teaching potty training, and basic commands like sit, down and come.
•BASIC OBEDIENCE-PRIVATE LESSONS: This program is for any dog over 6 months of age. It will include basic communication skills to correct for any unwanted behaviors like in the puppy kindergarten. However, the major concentration of this program is to teach the owners how to train their own dogs, in a positive and consistent manner, through a total of 5 -1hr. private lessons that are held at the facility and around town. During the lessons with the trainer, he/she will show the owner through demonstration with the owner's dog, and coaching, how to effectively teach the dog the basic obedience commands of heel, auto-sit, sit/sit-stay, and down/down-stay, waiting at doors, and coming when called.
•BASIC OBEDIENCE-DAY SCHOOL: The Day School option allows the owner’s to drop off their dog during the day for a total of 8 days to be trained by a certified trainer. Once the dog’s training is completed, the client receives 3 one on one lessons with the trainer who trained their dog. While in Day School, the dogs are exposed to bike trails, town centers and downtown Leesburg in order to create a realistic environment with everyday distractions like bikes, kids, other dogs, etc. because these are the situations in which the owner’s want their dogs to behave. The main benefits to this type of program are (1) it is easier for a professional trainer to train a dog (2) owner’s usually are short on time and cannot train their own dog because of their busy schedules (3) the program allows the dog's to be trained around numerous distractions.
•INTERMEDIATE OBEDIENCE: This course is for the more advanced dog. Owner's who want to continue taking lessons with their dogs can enroll in this program once they have completed the basic obedience course. The main focus of this program is to strengthen the communication skills of the owner so that the dog is highly responsive to verbal commands from a greater distance. Commands include heel, auto-sit, down from a distance, sit from a down, recall from a distance and a return to heel position. This course will be of interest to those who like to train with their dog as a hobby as well as those who may compete in obedience. The intermediate course is available through Private lessons or the Day School Option.
•ADVANCED OBEDIENCE: This course is available to clients who complete the intermediate course and have received approval from their trainer. Advanced obedience is all off-leash training. Commands include heel, auto-sit, sit/sit-stay, down/down-stay, waiting at doors, coming when called. The advanced course is available through Private Lessons or the Day School option.
•REFRESHER COURSES: Any dog can repeat a course as a refresher.
•BEHAVIORAL CONSULTATIONS: Consultations are 1hr. and deal with one behavioral issue at a time.
•DAYCARE: Playtimes with other dogs to learn proper social behavior.