Training

At Dog Zone, we offer stay and train programs 

Stay & Train Programs

Your dog will stay at Dog Zone to receive training from knowledgeable trainers experienced in multiple training techniques and styles.

Our trainers can customize programs to best fit your dog’s individual needs. We start the process with an evaluation to understand your dog’s temperament and learning style. We then recommend the optimal training program for your dog based on the dog’s behaviors and needs.

The last Monday you drop off your dog, we send home a booklet of information that explains our training methods and the terminology we use. We ask you to read the booklet thoroughly in preparation for your lesson with your dog.

In your lesson, we teach you how to handle your dog and implement the obedience commands they have learned.  We are here to support you when challenges arise at home, as we are only a phone call or email away.

We offer the following

Training Programs

Puppy Preschool

This program is for puppies (10–16 weeks old). We will train your puppy in handling/grooming skills, socialization (such as trips to the pet store), crate training, impulse control, sit, down, polite greetings and leash walking skills. Prevent problem behaviors and begin training desirable behavior; helps puppies get a great head start on obedience training and makes them a joy to be around. Puppy Preschool includes:

  • 5 days of Stay and Train
  • Personalized “Go Home” booklet
  • 1 “Go Home” lesson
  • Phone/email assistance
  • $625
Basic Foundation Stay & Train

This program is for dogs 16 weeks and older. It is the foundation to forming good habits. Dogs will work on the following: loose-leash walking, attention, sit, down, stay, wait (before entering door), leave it, recall (come), and go-to-place. This program is ideal for owners who want to walk their dogs in public and expect the dogs to have good manners. The program includes:

  • 10 days of Stay and Train
  • Dog goes home on the weekend
  • Personalized “Go Home” booklet
  • 1 “Go Home” lesson
  • Phone/email assistance
  • $1,225
Intensive Foundation

This program is for dogs 16 weeks and older. It is comprised of everything in the Basic Foundation Stay & Train Program plus off-leash training (E-collar). It is great for owners who need a jumpstart on training but also need additional handling instruction or more site-specific training. The Intensive Foundation Program includes:

  • 15 days of Stay & Train
  • Dog goes home on the weekend
  • Some training will be off location
  • Quality E-collar included
  • Personalized “Go Home” booklet
  • 1 “Go Home” lesson
  • Phone/email assistance
  • $2,000
Naughty Dog

This program addresses and corrects unwanted behaviors, including: not coming when called, digging, jumping on people, and counter-surfing. This is a Stay & Train program that begins on a Monday and the dog goes home on Friday afternoon. This program is not intended to address any type of aggressive behavior issues.  The Naughty Dog program includes:

  • 5 days of Stay & Train
  • Some training will be on location
  • Some training will be off location
  • Quality E-collar included
  • Personalized “Go Home” booklet
  • 1 “Go Home” lesson
  • Phone/email assistance
  • $700

Dogs with aggression issues are not suitable for the Stay & Train programs. We will be happy to help owners address reactive issues, but only in a private lesson with the owner present. For true aggression issues, we will refer you on to a qualified professional who takes on the tough cases.

Our Trainers

We have several trainers who each work different dogs in different areas. We all work together to ensure that whether your dog is in training, attending day care, or getting groomed, they receive the best possible care.
Kelly

Kelly

Master Trainer

Kelly started at Dog Zone in 2003 and has been training dogs since 2005. She has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Behavioral Psychology from Western Michigan University. Kelly has been involved in a number of dog sports including obedience, rally, tracking, nose work, agility, and dock diving. She is a true dog whisperer and awesome at what she does!!