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Walking Dogs

Training

 

Our training philosophy is to utilize positive, gentle and fun training methods to encourage a healthy and safe bond between you and your pets.

We offer a variety of training, and we are AKC Certified Evaluators so you can rest assured we use nationally recognized standards and methods to train your dog.

All Training is now located at 1088 Horseshoe Road 

 

    Featured Class

Crafts and Fun with your pup!
  • De-stress over the holidays with a fun class with your fur baby

  • This course is a way to bring the dog into the fun! Just as the family attends holiday parties during the end of the year, this is the dog’s chance for a party.

  • Bring the whole family, friends and even visiting relatives to class to see just how much fun dog training can be with all the silly games and activities in Fido’s Festivities.

  • Everyone wants fun at the holidays!

  • This is a 4 week class and includes crafts and fun games for you and your pet.

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  • Pre-requisite- Your pup must have a completed Evaluation on file.  New to Pet Stuff?  We can get you scheduled for an evaluation so you can join in the fun.

  • Fido Festivities Cost: $100 for 4 weeks

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Levels Dog Training

Flexible Training on Your Schedule

How LEVELS Work

What is  Levels Training? 

Delaware Pet Stuff offers the most flexible group training classes available known as "Levels Training." Levels obedience training is a group program offering unlimited training sessions during the period you are enrolled.

With a levels membership, you can come to our classes as often as you like for as long as you'd like. Get as much or as little training as you want or need based on your own expectations for your dog.

Some of our students come as often as three times a week! Check our schedule to see when each level is offered. Move through all four levels or choose to stay at a lower level. The choice is yours!

  • LEVEL 1: STARTING OUT. Level 1 will introduce the basic commands sit, down, stationary attention, and the name game. We'll also work on problem behaviors such as jumping, play-biting and housetraining. All dogs (even those with prior training) start in level 1. Requirements to move to Level 2: Dog can sit and down on command. The dog will respond readily to his name with mild distractions.

  • LEVEL 2: MANNERS TRAINING. We'll work on walking politely on a loose leash without pulling, paying attention to the owner while walking and ignoring other dogs. We'll also begin working on come and stay. Level 2 includes problem- solving information for behaviors such as barking, digging, chewing, etc. Requirements to move to Level 3: Dog can walk nicely around the training area with attention on owner (and no pulling) with other dogs 4-5 feet away. Dog will come when called on leash with mild distractions.

  • LEVEL 3: ADDING DISTRACTIONS. We'll work on a long-distance come command, stay with distractions, loose-leash walking past distractions, and distance commands. Requirements to move to Level 4: Dog will stay for 30 seconds with mild distractions and owner standing on the leash. Dog will heel past other dogs with leash over owner's shoulder. Dog will come from 20 feet away with moderate distractions.

  • LEVEL 4: ADVANCED TRAINING. We'll work on polishing the come command and teaching an emergency come, strengthen the stay command by teaching the dog to stay for longer periods of time at a greater distance from the owner, work on turns and automatic sit in heeling. Level 4 goals: Dog can heel off-leash past other dogs and distractions. Dog will stay 10 feet away from owner for 3 minutes with distractions. Dog will come off leash past distractions from 30 feet away.

Benefits of Levels Training over Traditional Classes:

  • Level 1 classes start weekly so there is little wait to enroll your dog in a class.

  • All the dogs in each level are at a similar stage in training. This allows instructors to better address the needs of each dog.

  • Work at your own skill level for as long as necessary. No falling behind since there is no requirement to move up.

  • Students can revisit a lower level at any time to brush up on previous skills.

  • Dogs move in and out of each level throughout the training, which provides new dogs as distractions each week.

  • Students can take time off if they have a very busy week or go out of town. Just return to class at the same level without fear of falling behind.

  • Have extra time in your schedule? Attend more than one session a week if you are able to do so.

  • Do you have a dog that you fear may be “socially awkward” in class?  Another benefit of the Levels model is we can give Cautious Canines time to adjust to a training environment.  We can give these pups distance from other dogs as they learn to adapt to being someplace new.  This allows their first level classes to also be a socialization experience.  Giving dogs the time they need to learn to navigate such a new experience will teach them not only obedience skills but improve their ability to navigate new situations with new people and dogs. 

 

Levels Pricing:

All subscriptions include:

*Unlimited classes (reservation required)

*Informational orientation (required)

*Clicker

 

One Month $150

Two Month $280

Recommended Choice- Three Month $325

Four Month $435

Five Month $545

Best Value- Six Month $600

*Packages are not refundable and do expire

Current Class Schedule:

Level 1:

Tuesday 10 am-10:45 am

Thursday 6:00 pm-6:45 pm

Saturday January 14 and January 28 9:00 am - 9:45 am

 

Level 2:

Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:45 am

Thursday 7:00 pm-7:45 pm

Saturday January 14 and January 28 10:00 am - 10:45 am

*all classes are 45 minutes

Reservations:

Since Levels offers so much flexibility we do require reservations for all classes.  We  can make a standing reservation for you if you would like to commit to a set of dates in advance.  You can attend as many or as few classes as you like, we recommend on average at least one class per week.  There is no set attendance requirement which means you and your dog can work at your own pace and if you need time off you can just pick up where you left off your next class (unlike  a traditional class).  You will be able to make reservations through our online Gingr system or we are happy to assist you in making your class reservations.  Reservations help us determine appropriate staffing so we can keep class sizes small.

Introducing LEVELS

Cute Puppy

Completion steps: Puppy specific orientation included, one 2 hour puppy socialization daycare per week $15 each (minimum 2 classes total)

Next Step:  Star Puppy 

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Puppy Preschool 

Age: 8 weeks- 14 weeks

A puppy’s personality begins to take shape between the age of 8 and 16 weeks.  Puppy pre-school is an excellent way for your puppy to start things off right!

  • Puppy orientation offers information to help with topics such as potty training and crate training, nutrition and grooming

  • Socialization with other dogs, new people, and everyday objects that can be scary to a new puppy!

  • Exposure to routine handling they may experience at the vet or groomer. 

  • This is a perfect choice for a young puppy who needs a few weeks to grow before starting the AKC S.T.A.R skills portion

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AKC S.T.A.R Puppy

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Age: 14 weeks - 12 months

The AKC S.T.A.R Puppy class is designed to teach your puppy the obedience basics! All breeds are welcome! Upon completion of the course requirements, you and your puppy will be tested on your new skills to earn a ribbon and the title of S.T.A.R Puppy! 

  • Sit, down, stay, come, and loose leash walking. 

  • Learning to tolerate handling by others

  • Learning to tolerate brief separation from the owner. 


For more information from AKC about the program and title, click here.

Three Big Puppies

Completion steps: Level One orientation, Level One, Level Two, 1 Star Puppy Graduation class (Level details below)

Required: Minimum of 6 classes to show level two skill completion (Levels details below)

Next step:  Level Three

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Session Length: 12 Sessions

Age: 8 weeks - 6 months. 

Prerequisites: Playgroup evaluation and consultation.

Cost:  Custom Quote; Contact for Details

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Puppy Preschool and Basic Manners Day Training

Tight on time but still want your puppy to have the best start possible?

 

Our Puppy Preschool Day Training option might be best for you. You’ll drop your puppy off at our facility and they’ll get to play and learn the basics like crate training, potty training, and basic obedience.  One on one instruction.

Lots of goodies with this package.  Let us know if you would like all of the details.

 

While your participation is still required, we will help you get your puppy on the right track! 


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Basic Manners for Adult Dogs

Age: 6 months or older ; Dogs that have completed Star Puppy will go directly to Level Three

This course is designed to teach the basics in obedience and manners and introduces: sit, down, watch, come, stay, leave it, loose-leash walking, anti jumping and wait. 

We are always happy to address any individual manner problems that your pup may be experiencing, just let us know!

Brown Dogs

Completion steps: Level One orientation, Level One, Level Two, Level Three and 1 Basic Manners Graduation class (Level details below)

Next Step:  Canine Good Citizenship (CGC)

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Session Length: 10 Sessions

Age: Over 6 months. 

Prerequisites: Playgroup evaluation and consultation.

Cost: Custom Quote, Contact for Details

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Basic Manners for Adult Dogs Day Training

Pressed for time but still want a well behaved pup?

Day Training might be the answer for you.  Drop your pup off to us and they will play and train in our facility.  We will individualize a plan to meet your needs including an initial consult, daily training session (typically 3 per week).

This is one on one training with your dog.

Lots of goodies with this package.  Let us know if you would like all of the details.

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Canine Good Citizen Group Class

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Interested in having a Therapy Dog?  

This is the place to start. 

Age: 6 months +

All ages and breeds are welcome in our AKC Canine Good Citizen group class.   You and your dog will be tested on your new skills to earn a ribbon and the title of AKC Canine Good Citizen. This class aims to the basics of being a good dog, such as 

  • Loose leash walking 

  • Standing/sitting politely for petting

  • Listening around distractions. 

  • Sit, down, stay, and come. 

For testing requirements and more information from AKC click here.

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Completion steps: Level One orientation, Level One, Level Two, Level Three, Level Four and 1 CGC Graduation class (Level details below)

 *If you choose to test for the AKC CGC title  there is a $25 AKC testing fee

Next Step: CGCA,  CGCU, Trick Dog, Fit Paws - we can help you decide your next goal!

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Date/Time:  Contact for Next Class Date

Price: $225 (testing fee included) 

Session Length: 8 sessions

Dog Age: 8 weeks - adult  

Prerequisites: Canine Good Citizen

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Canine Good Citizen Community Canine Group Class (CGCA) (Intermediate Class)

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All ages and breeds are welcome in our AKC Canine Good Citizen group class. At the end of our 8-session course, you and your dog will be tested on your new skills to earn a ribbon and the title of AKC Canine Good Citizen. This class aims to the basics of being a good dog, such as 

  • Loose leash walking 

  • Standing/sitting politely for petting

  • Listening around distractions. 

  • Sit, down, stay, and come. 


For testing requirements and more information from AKC click here.

Obedience Training

Date/Time: Contact for Next Class Date

Price: $225 (testing fee included)

Session Length: 8 sessions

Dog Age: 8 weeks - adult  

Prerequisites: Canine Good Citizen class.

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Canine Good Citizen Urban Dog (CGCU) - Advanced

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This is the perfect class for somebody who wants to take their dog everywhere with them! This is also a fantastic Therapy Dog Prep class. Urban dog will teach you and your pup how to handle busy environments like farmers markets, dining on outdoor patios, or other public, dog-friendly places. 



For testing requirements and more information from AKC click here.

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Novice Trick Dog Classes

Trick training is a fantastic way to bond and have fun with your dog as well as help them gain confidence! In this class, we teach the classics like shake, roll over, and play dead, but we also use agility equipment and other props to teach your dog all kinds of party tricks. This can be just for fun or you can work towards your Trick Dog Title with AKC.  The Novice title requires competency in 5 tricks with CGC title or 10 tricks without CGC.  

For more information on the Trick Dog Title, click here.

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Date/Time: Contact for Next Class Date

Price: $150 class and prep fee for trick submission to AKC $30

Session Length: 6 sessions

Dog Age: 16 weeks - adult  

Prerequisites: AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy or Level 2 - Canine Good Citizen

Dog Waving Paw

Date/Time: Contact for Next Class Date

Price: Prep fee for video trick submission to AKC $30

Session Length: 1 sessions

Dog Age: 16 weeks - adult  

Prerequisites: AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, or Level 2-  Canine Good Citizen

Trick Dog Testing

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Is your dog already a trick pro? We can provide props and assist in filming videos to submit to AKC to earn your Trick Dog Title! 

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FITPaws Class

Is you dog a natural athlete?

Dogs need to tone their muscles to stay in shape just like humans do and our FITpaws class is a great place to start.

Looking for a new way to bond with your dog?

Our FITPaws program may be an excellent place to start! 

AKC Title testing available for AKC Fit Level 1,2, 3

*This class is designed for healthy dogs and is not designed to be for rehabilitation*

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Date/Time: Contact for Next Class Date

Price: $199

Session Length: 6 sessions

Dog Age: 1+ years. 

Prerequisites: Level 4- Canine Good Citizen Class

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Senior Socialization Classes

Our senior socialization classes allow your older pals to socialize and play at their own speed! Whether they want to romp with buddies, eat snacks, or sit back and observe, your dog will love the added enrichment in their golden years! 

Date/Time: Contact for Next Class Date

Price: $15

Session Length: Drop in, do as many as you’d like!

Dog Age: 8+ years. 

Prerequisites: Pet Stuff Evaluation 

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Teacup Socialization Classes

As owners and lovers of teacup dogs ourselves, we recognize that it can be hard to find them a play mate that is safe for them! Our teacup socialization class is for dogs 10lbs and under who want to play but may be intimidated by larger friends! They’ll get to hang out with buddies, sit in whoevers lap they choose, and play with our enrichment toys!

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Date/Time: Contact for Next Class Date

Price: $15

Session Length: Drop in, do as many as you’d like!

Dog Age: 8+ weeks. 

Prerequisites: Pet Stuff Evaluation

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Private Training

We can develop an individualized treatment plan to your specifications.

Call us for a quote.

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Cat Behavioral

We can develop an individualized treatment plan to your specifications.

Call us for a quote.
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Other Items

Are you an AKC club looking for an ATT (AKC Temperament Test) Evaluator?
We can schedule an evaluator for your next event.
Our AKC CGC Evaluators are also certified to test your dog's Video Home Manners!

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