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About Our Trainers
- Our accredited pet trainers teach both group and private classes.
- We use positive reinforcement techniques to ensure learning is not only effective but also fun for both the pet and pet parent.
- We can help you start your new puppy off right by focusing on problem prevention or helping with unwanted behaviors that older pups and dogs may have already learned.
7 Need-to-Knows About Training
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dress Code Wear comfortable, non-slip shoes and leave personal belongings at home.
Here’s a Quick Training Tip to Get You Started!
How to teach your dog to sit:
- Let your pup sniff a quality treat held in your hand.
- Slowly lift the treat above and over your puppy’s head. This will cause your puppy to look up, let gravity do the rest. Say “sit” as your puppy sits.
- Give praise and offer the treat once your dog’s bottom is on the ground.
- Repeat and treat. Never force a puppy to sit – it’s important they enjoy learning.