Group Dog Training Classes

Puppy Training Programs

Puppy Intensive Program:

$240 for six (6) week program        Instructor:  Debbie Poloka

For pups ages 10 weeks to 6 months (exceptions made for older dogs with restrictions)

This in-depth six (6) week program is above and beyond what you will get from your usual standard puppy class and is ideal for pups 10 weeks to 6 months of age!  (Exceptions will be made for older pups or young dogs with some restrictions - please contact me for more information.) Classes are held Tuesdays 6:30 PM-8:30 PM at Sandy Hill Kennels.

The Puppy Intensive Program is an intensive two-hour class for the motivated owner that is relationship-based and focuses on helping you to develop a well-balanced puppy on it's way to having a solid foundation of obedience without relying on treats the rest of it's life.  Classes consist of teaching basic dog communication, obedience, puppy development, and understanding, prohibiting, managing, and interrupting undesirable puppy behaviors (jumping/nipping), educating on nutrition, vaccinations, constructive play, etc.
Each class will begin with a brief period of controlled loose puppy socialization and teaching of dog interaction.  Then each puppy is taught individually by me in front of the entire class in a somewhat distraction free environment using a positive reward marker training system incorporating food.  Behaviors taught include sit, down, recall/come, calming techniques, introduction to the stay, and loose leash walking.  I also focus on teaching proper play, best toy choices, how to building confidence in your puppy, proper socialization, etc.

One handler per dog required.  Other attendees welcome with prior notification to allow for seating.

Minimum of 4 Participants per class, maximum of 10.

Please call (412)596-6263 or email to reserve your spot.  If you have any questions regarding classes or specific training needs, please contact Debbie at

Advanced Puppy Program:

$240 for six (6) week program   Instructor:  Debbie Poloka

For pups/dogs ages 6 months and up.

Advanced Puppy is an intensive two-hour class designed around the older pup that has already been through the Intensive Puppy (or comparable), knows all the commands and performs them fluently.  The class is designed to take everything we learned into real world experiences, getting your pup/dog to the next level and well-balanced.  We will also address new behaviors that come with adolescence, using mild aversions to interfere or correct.  This class is NOT for dogs with aggression issues toward other dogs or people - please inquire about private sessions.

Any questions, please contact the trainer directly:

Debbie Poloka              412.596.6263          




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