Information about our private training program!
Our head instructors are CPDT-KA certified and also AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluators with experience in training practically almost every breed for every discipline!
In addition to private training, we offer positive reinforcement reward-based training group classes and "Train & Play" sessions for daycare clients. For information about group classes, please click here!
Private Training Information:
We encourage the entire family to participate in the training process as an agreed upon set of rules and consistently-reinforced behaviors will help your dog understand how to be the best dog possible! Private training lessons are ideal if your family & your dog need more specialized instruction, individual focus on a few particular training challenges, or you don't feel you'd benefit from a group class environment. All of our trainers use positive reinforcement, including clicker training, food rewards, and praise. We do not use aversion training methods, prong / pinch / shock / choke collars, or physical punishment as a training method. We pride ourselves in using the "Lima" Protocols - 'least intrusive, minimally aversive' when training. By rewarding positive behaviors and ignoring or redirecting negative ones, we can quickly encourage your dog to continue to offer good behavior!
Common problems that can be helped with private training include: leash pulling, basic manners, polite greeting behaviors toward people and other dogs, demand / nuisance barking, housebreaking, crate training, socialization with people / city sounds / traffic, and many other training challenges. We do not work with dogs who are aggressive with people, dogs with severe dog/dog aggression, or dogs with a bite history. We believe cases of this nature should only be helped by a qualified behaviorist.
If you'd like to schedule a private lesson, please fill out the registration form below. Once your form is submitted, one of our instructors will be in touch to schedule the lesson. Lessons can be scheduled during the day or evening hours.
Private lessons are $60.00 / 30 minutes if held at our facility or $80.00 if we meet at your home or elsewhere (a park, the bike path, etc.) Masks must be worn during training sessions regardless of your Covid-19 vaccination status. Payment in full is due at the time the lesson is booked. There are no refunds for a private lesson unless cancelled 24-hours in advance.
Distemper / Parvo / Rabies vaccines must be verified before we meet your dog; please text a picture of your dog's vaccination record to 781-325-6088 or email it to GoPlayArlington@yahoo.com