The Playful Paws team prides itself on staying up to date on training information and staying consistent with our own learning.

The archaic thinking on dog training is that you must be in front of the trainer and the trainer will teach your dog. This is a common misconception. Good dog trainers train pet parents to train their dogs. Keeping the dog’s best interest in mind, we have moved our classes to a combination of live online and in facility classes.

These combo classes offer you more access to the trainers, being a welcomed member of a private Facebook group for homework, community support, and access to recorded classes for your review anytime. Having the class in this manner allows you and your dog to learn important and key skills in a calm environment, and stepping up the difficulty at your dog’s own pace, rather than coming in to a facility and having you anxious, or your dog distracted and unfocused.

Once you have your skills and dogs focus you come to the facility to increase distractions and difficulty in a controlled environment, and with your own confidence. If your interested in actually training your dog, learning life long skills and putting in the hard work, our classes are for you.
We welcome all breeds, sizes and temperaments.

The Playful Paws team considers ourselves to be positive re-enforcement trainers with a balanced approach to maintain a level of respect, boundaries and corrections.

Dogs learn through consistency and are continuously learning throughout their lives. We welcome you to join us as we help you meet all of your training needs.  All dogs and parents go home with homework as at home is where the work needs to continue.

Please browse the various training options we have. 

All class attendees require a completed Registration Form, Consent form and proof of vaccines (distemper, parvo, rabies & bordatella). Full non-refundable payment is required to register for classes.

Puppy Socialization

Let’s get together and jump start your puppy’s training.  In this seven (7) week course we offer you the skills required to begin to train your puppy.  With a maximum of ten (10) students with two (2) instructors, our focus will be learning their names, focus work and paying attention to their families, confidence and socialization.  We will use a variety of equipment to help your puppy learn how to listen.

We welcome all breeds and sizes from age ten (10) weeks to five (5) months old.

Obedience Level 1

You’ve conquered pottie training, and mastered their names, now what?  Seven (7) weeks of Obedience will help you train your dog to listen consistently, come (recall), sit, down, stay, go to their mat and many other great skills.  We accept a maximum of eight (8) students and have two (2) instructors.

Welcoming all breeds and sizes from age six (6) months to “senior”

Obedience Level 2

Now that you have mastered your skills in our facility and your home, we want to take you to the next level.  Obedience Level 2 is a real-world class, held over four (4) weeks, in four (4) different locations.  Learn how to add distance to your stays, how to deal with real life distractions, and how to transfer your dogs recall to out in public.  If you have taken Obedience elsewhere, we can still help. Maximum of six (6) students with two (2) instructors.

All dogs over seven (7) months welcome.

Confidence Level 1

Designed by Playful Paws trainers to help the shy, or reactive dog.  If your dog lunges, or hides from other dogs, has issues with new items, or even people entering your home we can help.  Our Confidence class is designed to build you and your dogs’ bond as well as help them overcome fear and anxiety.  Using tools, equipment, and methods that have repeatedly shown success and relief to
both the pet and pet parents.

For all ages, sizes and breeds

Confidence Level 2

Don’t stand for being the midnight dog walker anymore.  You have all the skills you need from level 1, but want more.  We join you over the course of four (4) weeks, in four (4) different locations that increase in difficulty.  We will show you how to transfer your skills from level 1 to real life, real world situations.  A maximum of six (6) students with two (2) instructors.

For all ages, sizes and breeds.

Training Assessment

If you are unsure what training you and your dog need, we can help you.  Come to the facility or meet with us online for a scheduled appointment with your dog.  After a 45 minute to an hour discussion and observation, we will determine if there is a need for a class, daycare or if private lessons would be better suited for you.

Tutoring – Private Lessons

Playful Paws offers private lessons on a situational basis. Please call (902-464-7297) and speak to a trainer for more information.