We offer dog training. Too often neglected by veterinarians as a part of a happy and healthy life, proper behavior is critical. Too many dogs are euthanized or abandoned due to poor behavior. We feel that early intervention is critical to having a loving relationship with your pet.
We offer puppy and adult dog training in our hospital. Group classes for puppies take place on Tuesdays and adult classes are on Thursdays at 6:30 in the evening in our spacious reception lobby and rear parking lot area. Days and times for private or individual classes will be determined by our trainer Margo depending on availability. Dogs in individual adult classes will require a diagnosis by a veterinarian prior to training.
All training is positive reinforcement based. Shocking, hitting, kicking, yelling, or noxious noises should never be a part of training. Dogs and cats respond well to praise and reward, especially when intervention is early.
Puppy group classes: A seven-session package offers important basic training skills. We strongly encourage the entire family to attend, as training is mostly for the humans. Dogs really want to listen. If a puppy needs a more individual training, we offer a discount for individual training sessions of enrolled in our puppy classes. Vaccinations and dewormings will need to be current to the puppy’s age. Classes suited for 8 weeks to 6 months.
Puppy individual classes: Designed for strong-willed dogs, certain breeds, or first-time pet parents.
Adult group dog classes: Designed for dogs with similar behavioral issues to work on together. Like the puppy class, it’s a 7-week course and is held on Thursday evenings.
Individual adult classes: Designed to assist with a behavioral problem. Our trainer will work with you, your pet, and the doctor as a team to get the problem resolved quickly. Because multiple sessions are frequently required, we advise purchasing a pre-paid discounted package.
Meet our trainer!
Margo has over 15 years of experience as a dog trainer. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She is a Certified CGC Evaluator and Trainer. She is also certified in Pet CPR. She has worked with Animal Behavior Training Associates, teaching Group Obedience and Puppy Classes throughout North O.C. Margo completed a 500-hour Training Course with innovative, positive, methodologies taught by Winning Communications, while also attending many seminars and continuing education courses on Canine Behavior, Learning Theory, Fears, Phobias, and Problem Behaviors through the Western States Veterinary Conferences. While being committed to providing the most effective and current solutions to her client’s dog training needs Margo avidly pursues ongoing continuing education professional development by attending seminars and educational courses during the year and keeps up on industry literature. When not helping clients to enjoy a more harmonious relationship with their canine companions, Margo enjoys competing in Obedience Trials, Conformation Dog Shows as well as training with her own dogs and her therapy alpacas.