Dog Training

Dog Behavior Training, AKC Testing and more

About our classes and trainers:

The trainers at Dawgs in Motion are balanced method LIMA (Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive) trainers that use primarily positive reinforcement training (+R). Our trainers are all professionally certified and have all attended training college to earn their certification in training and have mentored under established trainers prior to training on their own. The trainers will work with you and your dog based on their training knowledge and experience and will select the best method for your team based on the needs of you and your dog and on the learning process that works best for both of you. We do not have a one size fits all because every dog/handler team is different. While some dogs need a softer form of direction, others that are more stubborn may need more assistance. Training is variant based on these needs and our trainers will adjust their styles to fit your team. As our trainers are balanced we will always strive to use +R training first but are not opposed to using other corrective tools. The decision to incorporate a tool in your training will always be discussed with the owner/handler beforehand to ensure proper sizing, use, and efficiency.

Dawgs in Motion does not work with aggression cases at the facility. We do however offer in-home and off-site training for dogs with aggression cases depending on the severity of the behavior. Please contact our training team today to see if your dog is eligible for this program option.  

Materials to bring to classes and lessons:

* A variety of training treats that are pea-sized (kibble, soft treats, hot dogs, cheese bits, etc.) Failure to provide training treats will result in a $2.00 charge for provision of treats after the first day of class.

* A favorite toy of your dog’s for rewarding and decompressing

* A standard leash 4-6ft in length. We do NOT allow the use of any retractable leashes.

* Any training tools that you plan to use with your dog (Clicker, harness, prong collar, etc.)

 Group Obedience

 

How to schedule your dog for a class:

Step 1. Log into your customer portal and submit proof of vaccinations for Distemper and Bordetella and for dogs 16 weeks or older the Rabies vaccine.

 Step 2: Schedule your session through your customer portal at www.dawgsinmotion.propetware.com | Your login is your email address that you listed with Dawgs in Motion. If you have never used the portal before please contact us to set up your account and issue a temporary password. Payment is due upon the approval of your class request. You can upload a card to your account and pay immediately.

 Step 3: Once your session is booked you will need to sign the customer policy if you have not already done so. This can be done through the customer portal.

 Step 4: Sign the training agreement associated with your class through the customer portal.

 

  What if I can’t make it to class?

Attending each class is vitally important to ensure the success of your team. If you are not able to make class you will need to do a make up class with your trainer privately—this is an additional cost! We do this to ensure your team is successful and are getting the most out of the course. When a class is missed it can push training back as dogs require consistency and skills are often built upon as the class progresses. We do understand that there may be circumstances that may prevent you from making every session and if you are unable to find someone to bring your dog to class we will do our best to ensure you are able to get the material for the class.

Dogs must attend all classes and must be present for the last class when examination takes place. If you cannot attend, you will need to schedule a make-up session with one of our certified trainers. This will be a 30-minute owner present private session and will be charged at the rate of a private lesson. If you choose not to make-up the session you will still receive your instructional and homework handout but unfortunately your dog will not be able to graduate from the course as attendance to each session is required.

If your team misses the last class they will not graduate.

In-Home | Beginner Obedience 6 Week Course

Pricing for In-Home Beginner Obedience Class Package: $1,080.00

*Open to all dogs that are 8 weeks old or older

*American Kennel Club S.T.A.R. Puppy Course for eligible dogs under 1 year of age with eligible trainer

 Age Requirements: 8 Weeks and older

** THIS COURSE IS SCHEDULED WITH THE FRONT DESK AND THE IN-HOME TRAINERS **

The in-home beginner obedience course In-Home | Beginner Obedience Package | 6 Sessions

This package include 6 hour long in-home training sessions. The package is good for 6 months. The sessions will cover the standard beginner obedience class but it will be done privately in the owners home.

CLASS AGENDA

Week 1: Marker Charging, Engagement & Focus cue, & Recalls

Week 2: Leash pressure skills for loose leash walking & Sit cue

Week 3: Touch & Target training, Fading lures, & Down cue

Week 4: Place cue with Settle & Wait cue

Week 5: Handling Skills, Socializing*, & Leave-It

Week 6: Review and Examination

*Proper socializing of dogs does not mean play interactions between dogs. For proper socialization your dog must learn to acclimate and stay neutral to situations including presence of other dogs, people, objects, sounds, etc. We will not be doing group interactions in this class. For dog-to-dog interactions and playtime please look into our daycamp group play option or private day training.   

 

Elementary School | Beginner Obedience 6 Week Course | On-Site

*Open to all dogs that are 8 weeks old or older

*American Kennel Club S.T.A.R. Puppy Course for eligible dogs under 1 year of age with eligible trainer

 Age Requirements: 8 Weeks and older

Price is based on trainer experience!

CLASS OVERVIEW

Dogs that are under 1 year of age will be eligible to earn their S.T.A.R. Puppy Certification with the American Kennel Club at the end of the course if all classes have been attended and the course is being taught by an eligible trainer.

 

Dogs must attend all 6 sessions in order to pass the class. If you must miss for any reason you will need to make up the session with your trainer through a private lesson at the cost of a lesson.

 

On the last week all dogs will be tested for proficiency and must pass with at least 80% accuracy. For any dogs taking the S.T.A.R. Puppy test, they must score with 100% to earn their title.

CLASS AGENDA

Week 1: Marker Charging, Engagement & Focus cue, & Recalls

Week 2: Leash pressure skills for loose leash walking & Sit cue

Week 3: Touch & Target training, Fading lures, & Down cue

Week 4: Place cue with Settle & Wait cue

Week 5: Handling Skills, Socializing*, & Leave-It

Week 6: Review and Examination

*Proper socializing of dogs does not mean play interactions between dogs. For proper socialization your dog must learn to acclimate and stay neutral to situations including presence of other dogs, people, objects, sounds, etc. We will not be doing group interactions in this class. For dog-to-dog interactions and playtime please look into our daycamp group play option or private day training.   

 

Upcoming Class Sessions and Trainers:

Cost: $225.00

Trainer: Sydney

*STANDARD COURSE

Class Dates and Times:

Thu May 16 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm
Thu May 23 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm
Thu May 30 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm
Thu Jun 6 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm
Thu Jun 13 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm
Thu Jun 20 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm

Cost: $225.00

Trainer: Sydney

* STANDARD COURSE

Class Dates and Times:

Thu May 16 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm
Thu May 23 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm
Thu May 30 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm
Thu Jun 6 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm
Thu Jun 13 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm
Thu Jun 20 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm

Cost: $260.00

Trainer: Mandie

*STAR PUPPY COURSE

Class Dates and Times:

Fri Jun 7 | 11:45 am  to  12:45 pm
Fri Jun 14 | 11:45 am  to  12:45 pm
Fri Jun 21 | 11:45 am  to  12:45 pm
Fri Jun 28 | 11:45 am  to  12:45 pm
Fri Jul 12 | 11:45 am  to  12:45 pm
Fri Jul 19 | 11:45 am  to  12:45 pm

Cost: $225.00

Trainer: Sydney

*STANDARD COURSE

Class Dates and Times:

Tue Jun 18 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm
Tue Jun 25 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm
Tue Jul 2 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm
Tue Jul 9 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm
Tue Jul 16 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm
Tue Jul 23 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm

Cost: $245.00

Trainer: Nora

* STAR PUPPY COURSE

Class Dates and Times:

Mon Jul 1 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm
Mon Jul 8 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm
Mon Jul 15 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm
Mon Jul 22 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm
Mon Jul 29 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm
Mon Aug 5 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm

Cost: $245.00

Trainer: Nora

*STAR PUPPY COURSE

Class Dates and Times:

Mon Jul 1 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm
Mon Jul 8 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm
Mon Jul 15 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm
Mon Jul 22 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm
Mon Jul 29 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm
Mon Aug 5 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm

Cost: $225.00

Trainer: Sydney

*STANDARD COURSE

Class Dates and Times:

Tue Jun 18 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm
Tue Jun 25 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm
Tue Jul 2 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm
Tue Jul 9 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm
Tue Jul 16 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm
Tue Jul 23 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm

Cost: $225.00

Trainer: Sydney

* STANDARD COURSE

Class Dates and Times:

Wed Jul 10 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm
Wed Jul 17 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm
Wed Jul 24 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm
Wed Jul 31 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm
Wed Aug 7 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm
Wed Aug 14 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm

Cost: $225.00

Trainer: Sydney

*STANDARD COURSE

Class Dates and Times:

Wed Jul 10 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm
Wed Jul 17 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm
Wed Jul 24 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm
Wed Jul 31 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm
Wed Aug 7 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm
Wed Aug 14 | 6:15 pm  to  7:15 pm

Middle School | Intermediate Obedience 6 Week Course | On-Site

*Open to all dogs that are  6 months old or older (unless approved by the lead trainer/management)

*American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Course for eligible dogs

 Age Requirements: 6 Months and older

Pre-Requisite: Beginner Obedience 

 Price is based on trainer experience!

CLASS OVERVIEW

Dogs that enroll in this course are eligible to receive their Canine Good Citizen upon graduation if they pass with 100% accuracy.

 

Dogs must attend all 6 sessions in order to pass the class. If you must miss for any reason you will need to make up the session with your trainer through a private lesson at the cost of a lesson.

 

On the last week all dogs will be tested for proficiency and must pass with at least 80% accuracy to graduate the course.

CLASS AGENDA

Week 1: Introduction to Heel/Backwards Following

Week 2: Sit-Stay & Down-Stay

Week 3: Calmly Approaching People/Dogs/Items

Week 4: Loose Leash Walking & Grooming Skills

Week 5: Desensitization to Medical Equipment & Group Stay

Week 6: Review and Examination

 

Upcoming Class Sessions and Trainers:

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Elective Classes for Impulse Control Skills | On-Site

*Open to all dogs that are  8 weeks or older

One Night Classes – One Hour Long

This class will focus on teaching your dog impulse control exercises such as leave-it, wait, and stay. These behaviors and skills are critical for preventing behaviors such as overexcitement, jumping, door barging, begging at the table, leash pulling, barking, and more!

Cost: $65.00

Trainer: Mandie

Class Dates and Times:

Sat May 25 | 11:45 am  to  12:45 pm

 

Cost: $65.00

Trainer: Mandie

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Sat Jul 13 | 11:45 am  to  12:45 pm

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Elective Classes for Leash Skills | On-Site

*Open to all dogs that are  8 weeks or older

One Night Classes – One Hour Long

This class will focus on teaching your dog proper leash skills. We will focus on leash pressure and desensitization, loose leash walking, heeling, and more.

Cost: $65.00

Trainer: Mandie

Class Dates and Times:

Fri Jul 26 | 11:45 am  to  12:45 pm

 

Cost: $65.00

Trainer: Mandie

Class Dates and Times: 

 Sat Jun 8 | 11:45 am  to  12:45 pm

Cost: $40.00

Trainer: Sydney

Class Dates and Times:

Wed Jun 19 | 5:00 pm  to  6:00 pm

Elective Classes for Tricks for Fun | On-Site

*Open to all dogs that are  8 weeks or older

One Night Classes – One Hour Long

This class will focus on teaching you and your dog some fun tricks! Tricks will range in difficulty and will be taught based on things that your dog does and does not already know. Tricks may include but are not limited to: Shake/Paw, Spin, Bow, Dance, Roll Over, Wave, High Five, Hoop Jumping, and more!

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AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing and More

 

Testing Cost: $35.00

Testing may be done as a private evaluation with one of our certified evaluators which are scheduled based on the staff availibility and yours.

The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program focuses on all the things every puppy and owner need to have a great start together. STAR stands for Socialization, Training, Activity and a Responsible owner and in six weeks of STAR puppy classes, puppies and dogs learn the following behaviors and skills:

 

 OWNER BEHAVIORS:

1. Maintains puppy’s health (vaccines, exams, appears healthy)
2. Owner receives Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge
3. Owner describes adequate daily play and exercise plan
4. Owner and puppy attend at least 6 classes by an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator
5. Owner brings bags to classes for cleaning up after puppy
6. Owner has obtained some form of ID for puppy-collar tag, etc.

 

PUPPY BEHAVIORS:
7. Free of aggression toward people during at least 6 weeks of class
8. Free of aggression toward other puppies in class
9. Tolerates collar or body harness of owner’s choice
10. Owner can hug or hold puppy (depending on size)
11. Puppy allows owner to take away a treat or toy

 

PRE-CANINE GOOD CITIZEN® TEST BEHAVIORS:
12. Allows (in any position) petting by a person other than the owner
13. Grooming-Allows owner handling and brief exam (ears, feet)
14. Walks on a Leash-Follows owner on lead in a straight line (15 steps)
15. Walks by other people-Walks on leash past other people 5-ft away
16. Sits on command-Owner may use a food lure17. Down on command-Owner may use a food lure
18. Comes to owner from 5-ft when name is called
19. Reaction to Distractions-distractions are presented 15-ft away
20. Stay on leash with another person (owner walks 10 steps and returns)

The AKC Canine Good Citizen™ (CGC) program provides a perfect framework for training your dog to become a polite member of society.

 

Test Items:

1: Accepting a friendly stranger
2: Sitting politely for petting
3: Appearance and grooming
4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
5: Walking through a crowd
6: Sit and down on command and staying in place
7: Coming when called
8: Reaction to another dog
9: Reaction to distraction
10: Supervised separation

AKC Urban CGC requires that the dog demonstrate CGC skills and beyond in an urban setting. As with Canine Good Citizen, AKC Urban CGC has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Urban CGC title. This is a title that appears on the dog’s title record at AKC.

 

Test Items:

1. Exit/enter doorway with no pulling in dog-friendly buildings.
2. Walk through a crowd on a busy urban sidewalk.
3. Appropriate reaction to city distractions.
4. Crossing the street: Stop at corner, stand or sit to wait and cross with no pulling.
5. Ignore food on sidewalk. (Dropped food, or cups, bags, cans, in which food was wrapped).
6. Person walks up and pets the dog. May be carrying a bag that they don’t put down.
7. Public Building: Walks under control in building & down stays (3 min) in lobby or outdoor area.
8. Stairs, steps, or elevator under control.
9. Housetrained for apartment, condo, city living. Owner may verify this item.
10. Transportation. Owner’s choice depending on transportation needs.

AKC Community Canine℠ is the advanced level of the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program. Dogs who pass the AKC Community Canine test earn the official AKC Community Canine title that is designated by the letters “CGCA” (Advanced CGC) on the dog’s title record.

 

Test Items:

1. Dog stands, sits or lies down and waits under control while the owner:
2. Walks on a loose leash in a natural situation (not in a ring) — does not pull.
3. Walks on loose leash through a crowd:
4. Dog walks past distraction dogs present; does not pull.
*This item may be tested along with #3 if there are dogs in the crowd, etc.
5. Sit-stay in small group (two other people with dogs, total of 3 people, 3 dogs in group).
6. Dog allows person who is carrying something (backpack, computer bag, etc.) to approach and pet it when the bag is set down.
7. Dog walks by food and leaves it alone.
8. Down or sit stay while owner retrieves an item from 20 feet away.
9. Recall with distractions present from 20 feet.
10. Dog will sit or stand stay while owner enters/exits a doorway or narrow passageway. Owner calls dog through door when ready.

Do you and your dog love to be the life of the party by showing off his arsenal of tricks? Then he might be perfectly primed to earn AKC Trick Dog titles!

 

There are five AKC Trick Titles you and your dog can earn:

 

AKC Novice Trick Dog (TKN)– Your dog performs 10 skills from the Novice list. If a dog has a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate or title on record at AKC, it can do 5 Novice tricks (CGC + 5) to earn the Novice title.

 

AKC Intermediate Trick Dog (TKI) – Your dog must have the Novice title, plus perform 10 Intermediate tricks. See the list of tricks here.

 

AKC Advanced Trick Dog (TKA) – Your dog must have the Intermediate title, plus perform 10 tricks from the Advanced list.

 

AKC Trick Dog Performer (TKP) – In this title, handlers perform a short routine with at least 10 tricks with at least 3 tricks using props.

 

 AKC Trick Dog Elite Performer (TKE) – In the highest level of Trick Dog, the Elite Performers perform a routine that has a story/script. At least 5 props are used.

 

Custom Board & Train

Board and Train Cost: $142.50 a day plus add-ons

Discounts offered for extended stays via packages for nightcamp.

Dawgs in Motion offers a custom board and train option for our clients! Board and Train is conducted during our overnight boarding – nightcamp – and dogs will recieve two 30-minute lessons a day (on days where the team is availible, on days where a trainer is not available the night cost drops to $42.50). We do NOT train on Sundays or holidays.

Board and Train can be scheduled at any time for your pup, but we would encourage you to schedule at least 2 weeks in advance to ensure trainer availability. We do require a minimum of 48 hour notice to avoid a late fee.

Our training team will go through an initial training consultation via e-mail or phone to discuss the areas that need work and help create a custom training plan for you and your furry friend. During the training process owners will receive updates and detailed training reports on how each individual session went with your dog. These will include pictures that will be uploaded directly to your customer portal which can be accessed at: www.dawgsinmotion.propetware.com

 ​Board and train options are available for behaviors including but not limited to:

  • Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced Obedience
  • Socializing
  • Impulse control
  • Leash Skills
  • Therapy Dog Skills
  • Tricks 

Dawgs in Motion does not offer board and train for aggression cases or housebreaking issues. 

Puppy Prep Academy

Puppy Prep Academy Cost: $100.00 a day plus add-ons

Care package, photos and videos, and take home packs are included!

Puppy Prep is a board and train option that we offer in partnership with breeders and for our clients. Owners who have selected a puppy can choose to have their puppy boarded for a minimum of two weeks with our training team. While your pup stays with us they are worked with several times a day on basic obedience skills including but not limited to:

  • Name Recognition
  • Recall
  • Sit
  • Loose Leash Walking
  • Leave-It
  • Wait
  • Focus
  • Handling Skills

 

Puppies are also socialized daily in specially created groups that are supervised by our daycamp managers and training team members! In addition to all of this we also expose the pups to special activities to boost their confidence and aid in socializing including:

* Assisted Swimming Lessons in the in-ground pool

* Grooming with our certified grooming team

​Owners are scheduled to meet with the lead trainer for a minimum of 1 hour long consultation session where they are presented with their pups customized training journal, care package, and go over the training procedures used with their individual puppy.

Private Lessons

30 minute Camp Lesson Cost: $50.00

60 minute Camp Lesson Cost: $93.00

 

30 minute Owner Present Lesson Cost: $65.00

45 minute Owner Present Lesson Cost: $90.00

60 minute Owner Present Lesson Cost: $115.00

Dawgs in Motion offers training for our daycamp and nightcamp guests. These lessons are 30 minutes and 60 minutes long and are designed to help assist dogs during a daycamp or nightcamp stay. Our trainers can work on socializing, obedience, tricks, and more. Private sessions are not offered for aggression cases.

We also offer owner present lessons ranging from 30 minutes to 60 minutes long. These sessions can be tailored to address specific behavioral problems or obedience, tricks, or agility training. Private lessons are not offered a the facility for cases of aggression.

For daycamp/nightcamp lessons our experienced trainers will work with your dog in the environment that they are having the issues and will work to correct problematic behaviors like mounting,  face-barking, barging through gates and doors, and can help build appropriate play and interactions with other dogs and staff. All students must have a camp training contract on file prior to lessons.

Our trainers do NOT work with aggression towards people or other dogs in our camp private lessons. 

In-Home Training

60 minute In-Home Private Lesson Cost: $200.00

30 minute In-Home Extension Cost: $65.00

Dawgs in Motion offers private in-home training as well. In-Home training is 1 hour long and can work on a range of behaviors including obedience, housebreaking, and problem behaviors including but not limited to: counter-surfing, digging, barking, chewing, etc.

Dawgs in Motion can work with dogs experiencing issues with reactivity or aggression on a limited basis. We do not accept cases of direct dog-human aggression or dog-dog aggression and focus primarily on leash and territory reactivity. 

We would be happy to connect you to a trainer that works with these issues in greater detail should you experiance any of these issues.

 

Meet Our Trainers

Amanda Zavadil (Mandie)

Lead for Training, Massage, Swim Instructions & Hydrotherapy

Mandie is the lead trainer at Dawgs in Motion and is also a mentor trainer for Animal Behavior College. She is certified in many areas including canine communication, nutrition, canine psychology, hydrotherapy, canine massage therapy, dog training, mentor training for future trainers, grooming, Pet CPR, and handling of working dogs.

She is also certified with the American Kennel club for instructing and evaluating: S.T.A.R. Puppy, CGC, CGCU, CGCA, All levels of Trick Dog, and Fit Dog.

Mandie has also taken continuing education courses in: pharmacological interventions, separation anxiety, dog-human aggression, dog-dog aggression,shelter dog training, and additional obedience training courses.

She teaches obedience classes, socializing classes, foundations agility, trick courses, therapy dog handling and swimming instruction. She specializes in obedience training/problem solving and training Therapy, ESA, and Service dogs with our sister company Dawgs at Work.

*Available for group, private, & in-home classes as well as in-home canine massage therapy

Nora Elgohari

ABCDT, CGCC, CPRC

Dog Trainer

Nora is a dog trainer at Dawgs in Motion. She graduated from Animal Behavior Collage with a certification in dog training and Pet CPR.

She is also certified with the American Kennel club for instructing and evaluating: S.T.A.R. Puppy and CGC

Nora teaches group obedience classes at our facility and also teaches private lessons for obedience and problem behavior solving as well as in-home and off-site lessons.

*Available for group, private, & in-home classes

Sydney Depies

ABCDT, CPRC

Dog Trainer

Sydney is our up and coming dog trainer at Dawgs in Motion. She is graduating from Animal Behavior Collage with a certification in dog training and Pet CPR.

She teaches group obedience classes at our facility and also teaches private lessons for obedience and problem behavior solving.

Sydney is also taking continuing education courses in pet nutrition and massage therapy!

*Available for group, private, & in-home classes