Available Classes - All Classes held at Strip District Location!
Class space is limited, pre-registration is required for each class you would like to attend.
Puppy Class (12 weeks-6 months): 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.
6 for $100
Beginner Class (6 months and up): 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.
Saturdays 1:00-1:45 and 2:00-2:45
6 for $100
Therapy Dog Preparation (all ages): 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.
2nd and 4th Saturday each month 3:00-4:00
$25 each Class
Urban Agility (all ages): Urban agility is our adaptation of a traditional agility class, integrating obstacles, and treadmill training into a more compact space. Obstacle and treadmill training offer physical and mental challenges for any age or breed and help foster trust, confidence and teamwork between you and your dog. This class is open in format and no prior agility training is required. Urban agility is intended for recreation rather than competition, however attendees will learn the foundation skills for the sport.
1st and 3rd Saturday each month 3:00-4:00
$25 each Class
Recommended materials for classes:
-treat pouch/bait bag
-six foot leash (please no retractable leashes)
-appropriate training collar
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
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Meet Our Trainers
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.
The Dog Stop Training and Fitness Center
2530 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222