Our Training Philosophy
At Dogtown, the positive methods we use foster companionship and healthy communication between dogs and their owners. Punishment methods come with the risk of inadvertently creating aggressive behaviors, and the long-term effects can be damaging and irreversible in dogs. Our goal is to help pet parents and dogs obtain life-long skills that will make their relationship the best it can be. We can work with pet parents to help address all kinds of everyday problems, from learning basic obedience, to controlling impulses, and to even solving more complex issues.
Our trainer conducts training evaluations with pets and owners to determine the training path that is best for the specific dog. The training evaluation includes a meet-and-greet with the trainer, a discussion about some of the problems the owner is having with their dogs, and the goals the parents have for their dogs. Once the trainer understands the wants and needs of the parents, together the trainer and parents will devise a plan of action for training.
All training sessions are scheduled with the trainer based on the pet parents’ needs, and the needs of the dog. However, the way we train is flexible, and the trainer will work with the parent’s busy schedule as much as possible.request training
Positive Reinforcement Methods
At Dogtown, we focus on training methods that reward desired behavior as opposed to punishing undesired behaviors in your dog, ensuring your pet enjoys training.
Our trainers work with you to devise a plan that best fits your schedule and goals for your pet, allowing you to choose from a variety of group classes. Group classes are not only great for learning, but they are excellent for dog socialization and enrichment.
Our trainers can schedule private sessions with your dog. Some dogs need specific issues addressed in one-on-one sessions with a trainer. We offer these sessions in a variety of settings.
Private Training Sessions
These sessions are geared toward teaching parents how to handle their dog and address behavioral problems specific to the dog. These sessions normally take place here at Dogtown. We may also offer in-home training sessions for certain types of problems and certain kinds of dogs. In-home sessions, however, have an additional travel fee associated with them.
This course is for puppies 2 to 6 months. Basic manners, socialization, and basic commands such as sit, down, and stay are included in this 4 week course.
This course is for puppies 7-12 months who have no prior training. Basic manners and commands are included in this class. It is a 4 week course.
Intermediate Obedience Class
This course is for dogs over a year that lack any training background. This course will review basic commands such as sit, down, come, and leave it, as well as learning additional commands, house manners loose-leash walking, and problem solving. It is a 6 week course.
Impulse Control 101
This course is for dogs of all ages with basic commands under their collar. This course will involve helping owners to maintain focus, teaching dogs to stay calm in unfamiliar and exciting environments, and learning despite increased distractions. It is a 6 week course.
50 minute sessions with Trainer and Owner. May include in-home sessions or field trips. May be while in daycare, with or without client present. May be extra charge for in-home sessions. Package days expire after 90 days. Sessions must be scheduled.
When dogs are not doing well in regular daycare, if eligible, we offer behavioral daycare at Dogtown Cincinnati. With behavioral daycare, dogs get short daycare sessions with small groups of dogs. These sessions are supervised by a trainer, and they are focused on socialization issues dogs have in daycare.
CALL: Our director of training’s direct line is (513) 587-9800. Feel free to call with questions or schedule an evaluation.
EMAIL: Or, if you prefer, our trainer’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Descriptions and Tips
Getting started with training
If your dog is having behavioral problems, the best thing to do to get started with training is to schedule a 2 hour consultation with our trainer.
Your attendance is not mandatory for training sessions
Your need to attend training sessions is dependent upon your dog’s training plan and whether the problem involves you. Our trainers are available to consult with you on the best option for you and your dog.
Group Training Classes
Group training classes are for dogs, puppies, and parents to learn commands and socialization within a group, based on a specific curriculum designed by our trainer. The group training classes we offer are: Impulse Control 101, Puppy Kindergarten, Puppy Pre-Teen, AKC Star Puppy, CGC Readiness, and Basics.
In-Daycare Private Sessions
Private training sessions may be scheduled while you are away and your dog is staying with us. This kind of training is customized to your needs and desires.