The Dog Stop Training and Fitness Center

Training & Fitness Center

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Obedience Classes                                All Classes held at Strip District Location!

Class space is limited, pre-registration is required for each class you would like to attend.
 
Obedience Class Pricing:
$20 Each
$100 for 6  
$180 for 12
 
 
Puppy Class (12 weeks-6 months):
Tuesdays 6:30-7:15
Saturdays 12:00-12:45

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Puppy classes will teach basic obedience skills such as sitting, lying down, staying in place, coming when called, and walking on a;leash without pulling. We will also show you how to curb common puppy issues including jumping and mouthing.

Beginner Class (6 months and up):
Thursdays 6:30-7:15
Saturdays 1:00-1:45 and 2:00-2:45

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Beginner classes will build upon the puppy class curriculum. In addition to basic obedience skills (sit, down, stay in place, come when called, walk without pulling), students will learn how to heel on a leash, greet others appropriately, and work under higher levels of distraction.

Intermediate Class: (Begins May 6th, 2017)
Saturday 11:00

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Intermediate class is for dogs that have attended at least 10 total classes at either puppy or beginner level. We will build upon the exercise taught in previous classes, as well as teach new skills. Puppy and beginner classes teach the foundation of obedience for a well-behaved dog. Intermediate class is to achieve reliability. Content will include advanced heeling, increased distance and duration, high levels of distraction, new locations, tricks, and more. We will emphasize fading out food lures in favor of hand signals and verbal rewards, as well as decreasing dependence on training tools. If you are looking to continue challenging your dog and your self, join the intermediate class!

Specialty Classes

Boot Camp:
As scheduled in 2 week increments
$1000

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Boot camp is an intensive training program in which your dog stays with us for two weeks or longer and is trained daily. Our certified professional trainers custom tailor a regimen for each dog based on your goals.

To have a well-behaved and balanced dog, it takes more than just the right training. Consistent daily structure, discipline, physical exercise and mental stimulation are imperative. Although owners strive to meet these needs, busy lives can sometimes get in the way. At least two weeks of adherence to a routine will get dogs into good habits while significantly limiting ability to practice unwanted behaviors. Many experts agree that it takes a minimum of two weeks to establish a new habit, as well as to extinguish an undesirable one. Our program helps habituate dogs to obedience in a fun, enriching environment. Our facility has the resources to expose dogs to stimuli that prepare them for any situation that life may bring including dogs, strangers, bicyclists, joggers, heavy machinery, vehicle traffic, various noises, and more.

Boot camp doesn’t replace group training for maintenance or private lessons for situational obedience, but is the perfect fit to give dogs a solid foundation on which to build. Boot camp is ideal for dogs of any age that need to master general obedience including but not limited to staying in place, walking without pulling, greeting others politely, coming when called and responding to commands under a multitude of distractions.

Please note that boot camp is not for all dogs. We strive to create a program that is the best fit for each dog, while keeping the dog’s best interest in mind. Due to the difference in housing at our facility compared to your home, house training cannot be achieved in this program. Nuisance behaviors caused by boredom, such as chewing and barking, are usually not an issue during boot camp, but can return once the dog is at home again. To find out if your dog is a good candidate for boot camp, please call or email our trainers.

Boot camp pricing includes lodging, training, daycare (when appropriate), and an hour of private training with the owner upon pickup.

Therapy Dog Preparation (all ages):
2nd and 4th Saturday each month 3:00-4:00
$25 each Class

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Therapy Dogs International is an organization that certifies dog and handler teams to visit hospitals, assisted living facilities, other institutions and wherever therapy dogs are needed. Dogs must be at least 12 months to be eligible for testing, but it is never too early to begin preparing for the required exercises. Our preparation class will walk participants through the testing requirements and provide practical instruction on training a therapy dog. This class also helps prepare for the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen test.

Urban Agility (all ages):
1st and 3rd Saturday each month 3:00-4:00
$25 each Class

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Therapy Dogs International is an organization that certifies dog and handler teams to visit hospitals, assisted living facilities, other institutions and wherever therapy dogs are needed. Dogs must be at least 12 months to be eligible for testing, but it is never too early to begin preparing for the required exercises. Our preparation class will walk participants through the testing requirements and provide practical instruction on training a therapy dog. This class also helps prepare for the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen test.

Recommended materials for classes:
-treats
-treat pouch/bait bag
-six foot leash (please no retractable leashes)
-appropriate training collar

 

Private Lessons

Private lesson: A private session at The Dog Stop Training Center that is tailored to your specific goals. This could include obedience, scent detection, agility, treadmill training , or any specific activity or behavior the owner wishes to learn.
$80/hour

 

Behavior modification:A private session at The Dog Stop Training Center that is customized to address serious needs such as aggression, fear or separation anxiety. Please consult with the training staff before requesting this type of appointment.
$100/hour

 

 

In-Home Training:A private session in your home to address any issues that cannot be addressed at The Dog Stop Training Center.
$150/hour

 

 

Please email trainer@thedogstop.net or call us at (412) 586-7878 to make arrangements.

 

 

 

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In order to reserve a spot in a group training class please contact us at:

trainer@thedogstop.net

or

(412) 586-7878

Meet Our Trainers

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Brett Reynolds

brett@thedogstop.net

Brett has been training dogs professionally for ten years. His education began at Triple Crown Academy (Starmark Academy) for Professional Dog Trainers, where he completed the Canine Training & Behavior Specialist Program. The curriculum ranged from basic canine learning theory and puppy imprinting to advanced competitive obedience training, agility, schutzhund, and search and rescue. He is Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Brett has trained dogs for competitive obedience, therapy dogs international (TDI) examination, and service dogs for individuals with autism and PTSD. He attends several continuing education seminars annually to keep up with industry information. Brett's main goal is to help people to have well-behaved dogs in all life situations and achieve harmonious relationships through mutual understanding. Brett has two German Shepherds, Yager and Olive, who he enjoys working with.

Contact Info:

The Dog Stop Training and Fitness Center
2530 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-586-7878
trainer@thedogstop.net