Our Monthly Training Class Schedule

At 'A Walk in the Park,' our training philosophy centers on positive reinforcement rather than domination or punishment. We believe there are no 'good' or 'bad' dogs, only dogs making choices that make sense to them. Our goal is to encourage dogs to make the choices we want by associating those choices with rewards they find enjoyable, such as a game of tug, a tasty treat, or chasing a ball. This approach transfers the value of a fun activity to desired behaviors, like waiting patiently at the door. By fostering positive choices, we build a stronger, pain-free relationship with our dogs, resulting in happier and more confident pets.

We offer various training options to suit your needs. Our levels-based training classes provide flexibility, allowing you to start anytime and progress at your own pace. You start at the first level and then train at your own pace, till you and your dog master the material and progress to level 2. Once you are ready, you progress to level 3, etc. You can still attend the previous level classes, since training is about building habits and repetition. This is an incredible value for you and your dog, as you can attend multiple classes each week, speeding up your training journey! Each week, we cover essential topics like dog learning principles, classical and operant conditioning, dog body language, and reinforcement techniques. To support your practice, we offer a private member group for feedback and troubleshooting, where you can post videos of your training sessions for personalized guidance. A 30-day pass for these classes costs $350, giving you access to extensive class time and personal feedback.

For those seeking more intensive training, our day training and board-and-train programs integrate training sessions throughout the day for daycare members. We offer a 6-week program for dogs attending three or more days a week at $675 plus daycare charges, and an 8-week program for dogs attending at least twice a week at $600 plus daycare charges. These programs help establish good habits and reinforce desired behaviors consistently.

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Puppy Preschool: Enrichment and Training for Your Pup

Join us every Saturday morning from 10 AM to 2 PM for Puppy Preschool, our enrichment and training-based daycare program designed specifically for the unique developmental stages of puppies. For just $45 per session, we provide a nurturing and educational environment to help your puppy grow into a confident and well-behaved dog.

Puppies go through several critical stages where their behavior needs special consideration. When they first arrive at their new homes, they are often in their first fear impact period, where frightening experiences can leave lasting impressions. As they grow, they enter the seniority period, marked by teething and an increase in chewing behavior. This natural urge must be carefully directed to appropriate objects without punishment, as puppies remain highly vulnerable.

During the flight period, puppies become more adventurous and less responsive to commands like recall. Again, don’t get upset when they don’t come when called, understand what stage of development they are in. Use praise and  rewards when they do come! Towards the end of their puppyhood, they experience a second fear impact period, where previously familiar things can suddenly become scary.

Our Puppy Preschool program focuses on these developmental stages to ensure your pup feels comfortable and secure in their environment. We provide a variety of objects and settings for them to explore, building their confidence. Training games and cognitive enrichment activities teach focus and problem-solving skills, while exercises promoting calmness help puppies learn to self-regulate. We introduce basic cues, such as responding to their name and coming when called, laying the foundation for future training.

An insider tip: avoid teaching young puppies to sit, as their muscles and skeleton are still developing. Forcing a puppy into a sit can cause discomfort and long-term damage, potentially leading to arthritis. Instead, we wait until they are ready to learn the 'sit' cue properly. Some breeds, like sighthounds, are naturally uncomfortable sitting, so we respect their physical limitations.

Join us at Puppy Preschool and give your puppy the best start in life with our comprehensive, positive reinforcement-based approach. For more information or to enroll, please contact us at 419-475-4101 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Walk in the Park™ Sample Training Videos