TRAINING

We train all dog breeds from the smallest to the largest.

Obedience training is one of the best gifts you will ever give to yourself and your dog.  After attending our training classes, you will have a better understanding of your dog’s behavior and how they learn.  Training will also help to develop a stronger bond and mutual respect between you and your dog.

Training has come a long way from the old style of strict and sometimes harsher methods of compulsive training.  Obedience training is now started at much younger age than was done in previous times.  Our methods use motivational and positive reinforcement to help create desirable behaviors and then further refine the training with leash pressure reinforcement to proof their work.  All dog breeds benefit from this type of obedience training.

Understanding what motivates dogs and how to work through and change the undesirable behaviors to desired behavior is a key factor in training.  All to often, people put their own human thoughts into their translation of why a dog is acting in a certain way.  Some people also like to have conversations with their dogs when they misbehave.  This most often hinders our ability to teach the dogs the behaviors we want them to have.  No matter how intelligently they look back at us when we talk to them – they don’t speak our language.

No matter how close your relationship with your dog companions, it is often easy to forget that they are another species and not human.  Dogs have their own unique ways of being.  Although very adaptable to our ways of living, it is not the dog’s nature to always behave the way we think they should.  Behavior that is “normal” for a dog is sometimes repugnant to us.  So the better we can communicate in a “language” that dogs can relate to, the easier for us to develop the desirable behaviors we want in our dog companions.  We teach you the “language” with our training techniques for a happier relationship with your dog.

In training classes when a dog misbehaves, we often hear “But my dog does everything perfectly at home or I’ve never seen them do that before!”  What you will learn is that distractions and new environments for your dog will be the biggest obstacle to overcome in your obedience training.  We will teach you techniques on how to block those unwanted distractions.  You will then have a dog that will have good behavior no matter what the situation or distraction.

Our puppy classes are suitable for ages from 8 weeks through 6 months old.  Starting the training of your puppy as soon as they leave their litter mates, will minimize undesirable behaviors before they become unwanted habits.  Learning basic obedience such as sit, down, stand, heel, and come is appropriate at this age.  It will also build a positive foundation for more advanced training.

Socialization is an important factor in dogs of all ages.  Puppies should be socialized as soon as possible.   This can help you minimize or avoid stressful encounters later on when taking your dog into new environments or experiencing different situations.   Dogs that are not socialized as they mature can be more difficult to work with and train, so the earlier the training the easier it will be for you and your dog.

For dogs 6 months and older we have different levels of obedience classes.

These are Basic, Advanced, and Beyond Advanced classes.  Beyond Advanced can include any specialized type of training to satisfy your training needs for your dog.

We also have specialized training classes that can prepare your dog for competitions in various trials, such as AKC Obedience and Schutzhund (IPO)  which is a sport that involves tracking, obedience and protection training.

Most people would like to have a well trained dog, but many of us live very busy lives with work, family and other obligations.  We offer
outcall sessions where we will go to your location to work with your dog while you are busy at work.  This way, the minimal
time you have to spend with your dogs when you are home can become a more positive and enjoyable experience with them.

In addition, we have a series of 2 week Boarding & Training programs available.  Phase I (Basic On leash Obedience) and Phase II (Advanced Off Leash Training).  This is where you will send your dog to our facility to be trained.  Upon completion of the Boarding and Training programs, we will include a video of your dog doing all the Obedience commands and 3 handling lessons to transfer the training to their owners.

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Training Classes

  • Puppy Obedience
  • Basic Obedience
  • Advanced Obedience

Training Sessions

  • Maintenance Training
  • Beyond Advanced
  • AKC Obedience
  • Schutzhund

Specialized Training

  • Behavioral Modification
  • Private Training – One on One Training
  • Boarding and Training
  • Outcalls

ALPHA K-9 TRAINING SCHEDULE

Training Classes

SESSIONS

DAYS

TIME

COST

Puppy Obedience 4 By Appt. By Appt. 200.00
Basic Obedience 4 By Appt. By Appt. 200.00
Advanced Obedience 8 By Appt. By Appt. 400.00

Training Sessions

SESSIONS

DAYS

TIME

COST

Maintenance Training 4 By Appt. By Appt. 160.00
Beyond Advanced 4 By Appt. By Appt. 160.00
AKC Obedience 4 By Appt. By Appt. 160.00

Specialized

SESSIONS

DAYS

TIME

COST

Behavioral Modification Hourly Consult Consult 50.00
Private Training -One on One Training 60min./30min. By Appt. Consult 50.00
Boarding and Training 14 days Consult Consult
Outcalls* Hourly By appt. Consult 50.00

*Travel fee will be assessed for all outcalls

BOARDING AND TRAINING COSTS

-Boarding & Training Phase I (On Leash)   for Boarding & Training Total $1,200.00
-Boarding & Training Phase II (Off Leash) for Boarding & Training Total $1,200.00

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