How Our Group Dog Training Lessons Work

Dog training becomes extra fun when you qualify to come to the group lessons!

You will know you are “qualified” to come to group after you and your dog have graduated the private portion of your Ultimate lessons, or when your dog comes back home from the Jumpstart Program! At this point, you and your dog are ready to integrate your training around other dogs and high level of distractions.

If you find yourself thinking “my dog is doing so well except when he’s SUPER distracted,” then group lessons are for you!

(By participating on your first Group Lesson You are acknowledging to have read and understood this post)

The Basics:

The Group:  The power of group lessons is “The Group.” If there are less than 3 clients who have submitted and RSVP 48 hours prior to the Group Lessons/ Meet-Ups, we will cancel that session. It’s always a good idea to check out the group event on Facebook the day of to be aware of any last minute changes. 

RSVP:  You can RSVP via our  Facebook Clients Only Group or email  our Off Leash Dog Training Office no more than 48 hours before the class to reserve your place in the group session.  If you attend without registering, you might miss out on important last minute updates. 

Maximum of 14 Dogs Allowed:  By limiting the number of dogs in Group Lessons/ Meet-Ups everyone’s experience, as well as safety, is improved.  At this time Facebook is not capable of limiting the number of attendees. So we ask our clients to use the HONOR system to self-regulate. REMEMBER: If you attend without registering, you may be asked to observe (rather than participate in) the session.

Dog Training Safety:

One Dog Per Handler: This ensures safety, and that you and your pup get the very most out of the lesson.

Be Prepared: Make sure you’re ready for dog training. Make sure your dog understands commands, and is able to perform the commands taught during the “First Phase” of the training. If you are unprepared, you’re welcome to observe, but may not participate.

Leash / Muzzle: All dogs must be on-leash, BEFORE the training. Retractable leashes are not allowed. The red/blue leash you received with your “kit” is preferred. If your dog is people or dog-aggressive, he must be wearing a well-fitted muzzle. Mesh muzzles are not acceptable.

Arriving Late:  New dogs and owners will be methodically integrated into the group.  Do not allow your dog to approach newcomers either on or off-leash until the trainer has indicated that it is safe to do so. This can be intimidating and dangerous so please alert the trainer that you are there and he/she will welcome you in when safe.  

Don’t be “That Person”: Playing is the best part of dog training but PLEASE watch your dog.  Have all hands free (no cell phone, coffee, etc.). Keep your dog away from bystanders, dogs that are new to the group, or uncomfortable dogs. You are responsible for your dog at all times, so please monitor your dog’s behavior.

The Family: For safety reasons, children, dogs, and other adults who are not participating directly in the class are not allowed in the exercises. Children must NEVER approach any dog without permission of the trainer or the owner. All children under ten years of age must be directly supervised by an adult not participating in the session.  Please note that this does not apply to a child over the age of ten who is directly handling a dog, or couples alternating sessions.

 There are no limits to the amount of unusual circumstances that we will face while training with our dogs. Please be flexible with us if “rules” change. Group lessons are extremely valuable for your dog and family, but keeping things safe is very important to us, so please respect these guidelines.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at our group lessons!

The Off Leash Dog Training Team

3 Common Problems Puppy Training Can Help With

At Off Leash, we understand the importance of training your dog at a young age so that a firm set of rules and boundaries can be established in order for your relationship with your puppy to flourish. Below are three common problems that come with being a new puppy parent, and how puppy training can help those problems be resolved.

Mouthiness and Nipping

If you have owned a puppy before, then you know that with a new puppy there comes a lot of nipping and mouthiness. Issues like this often arise during playtime, especially when a puppy gets overly excited. Most puppies are used to playing and rough housing with their brothers and sisters, and they are unaware of how sharp their little teeth actually are, so when biting occurs, it is important to stop the behavior early on. Many people often think that a puppy’s biting habits are due to teething; however, it’s actually the beginning of disrespectful behavior. Puppy training helps a puppy understand that biting is for toys, instead of an easy way to get their owner’s attention.  

Overstepping Boundaries

New puppies are going to push boundaries and explore every possible nook and cranny in your home. While it is very natural for a young dog to be curious, it is not always ideal for a puppy to have free rein in the home. Training your puppy to respect boundaries and to introduce commands like “off” and “place” are very crucial in order to ensure that your pup doesn’t get into things that might harm them, or are not safe to explore.

Crate Training and Potty Training

One of the biggest parts of puppy training is crate training and potty training. Crate training your puppy is a great way to provide comfort and stability at night while you are sleeping, or if you are away from the home. Most new puppy parents make the mistake of allowing their puppy to sleep with them so that they feel at ease in their new environment. Instead, this allows the puppy to think that he or she can always sleep with their owner, which makes it much more difficult to crate train your puppy in the long run. Crates are safe spaces for your dog, and it is important to make sure that your puppy feels comfortable and secure in his or her crate. Puppy training is a big part of potty training as well. Establishing a routine helps a puppy understand when he or she can go outside to go to the bathroom, and it also prevents less accidents in the home. While puppy training is certainly an important part of the potty training process, it is important to remember that accidents are inevitable and will still happen.

Training a puppy can be challenging at times, and it certainly takes a lot of hard work and patience; however, the outcome of training your puppy is quite rewarding. Sign your new pup up for Puppy Training with Off Leash for a happier tomorrow, and so that you can see all of the amazing things that your puppy can learn to do!

3 Ways Dog Training Allows You to Love Your Pet More

At Off Leash, we believe in strengthening the human-dog relationship through our  Train as You Live®  methodology. We know that your pup has great potential, and our training focuses on integrating your dog into your everyday lifestyle and routines. This type of dog training allows for you and your dog to not only bond in a natural setting, but it also establishes confidence and growth within the relationship. A loving and thriving human-dog companionship is our goal at Off Leash, and it is our hope that we can only strengthen the bond between owner and dog through our dog training. Below are three ways that dog training will allow for you to love your pet even more.

Alleviates Stress

Training your furry friends ensures that rules and commands are established right off of the bat, so that your pet is aware of right from wrong, and he or she knows to look to you for guidance and reassurance. Training helps a dog understand boundaries, whether they’re in the home, or in public. This means that you can feel at ease if you have to leave your pet at home alone, or that you feel comfortable and confident that your dog can handle being around strangers or other dogs if you go on a hike or a walk around the neighborhood. Training alleviates the stress that can come with social situations, leaving you with plenty of time to love your pup and live your life!

Builds Trust and Confidence

Trust and confidence are two big results from dog training. Not only will your dog build trust in you and gain confidence in his or herself, but you will also feel the same way. Some of the most solid relationships are built on mutual trust and having confidence in one another; therefore, you should want the same thing for your relationship with your pet. A confident pup is a loving pup, meaning that there will be plenty of snuggles and puppy kisses to go around, and your dog will be more trusting of your friends and the people that you bring into your home as well.

Allows for New Adventures

Lastly, dog training allows for the possibility of many new adventures. If you know that your dog can handle stressful situations, and you’ve established trust and confidence in one another, then there’s not much that can hold you back! One of the best things about owning a dog is exploring together while making new memories. The experiences and memories that you make with your furry friend will be ones that you will cherish for a lifetime!

5 Reasons to Get Puppy Training

Adding a new addition to your family is quite exciting; however, with all of the excitement that comes with owning a puppy, comes a lot of responsibility too. At Off Leash Dog Training, we believe in the importance of a strong human-dog companionship. Our programs focus on immersing your puppy into your everyday, family life! Training your puppy at a young age is important, as it will ensure the very best relationship between you both. Learning rules and commands early on will set the tone as your bond continues to grow. Below are some key reasons why Puppy Training with us is so beneficial!

Name Recognition:

One of the first bonding experiences when getting a puppy is naming it! With this, the first training step is to familiarize the puppy with his/her own name. Name recognition is important so that your puppy will know that you are addressing him/her as you teach your commands.


Allowing your pup to socialize with other pets and humans will better prepare them for real-life scenarios. Oftentimes, dogs can be very timid or uncomfortable around strangers or unfamiliar dogs. With our Puppy Training, we will expose your pet to new dogs and human friends daily. This will build their confidence and make them comfortable in various situations.

House Rules:

Establishing house rules is a significant part of our Puppy Training. A new environment means new things to explore for a young puppy, along with a few messes to clean up. There is no harm in initiating a few basic house rules into your puppy’s life to make things easier for you both. We understand the importance of establishing boundaries and rules with a puppy, and that is why housebreaking methods are key in our Puppy Training services. Not only does it ease home-life, but it helps to form a great relationship between you and your puppy.

Impulse Control:

Impulse control goes hand in hand with our “House Rules” portion of Puppy Training. Your pup will want to investigate every new aspect of his/her new home. Exhilaration can cause hyperness and impulsiveness for a young puppy. Simple commands can help your puppy show restraint at appropriate times, while maintaining their energetic and loving nature.

Trust and Respect = Companionship:

Companionship is built on the foundation of trust and respect. Our Puppy Training will aid you in creating a relationship where your puppy will look to you for assurance and guidance. Puppy training will help your pup build trust in you, as well as respect. This bond will result in a strong, confident human-dog relationship.

At Off Leash Dog Training we offer two distinct Puppy Training Packages:

  1. Perfect Puppy JumpStart-  This is a 5-day boarding service where your puppy will learn the ins and outs of being a well-trained pup.
  2. Perfect Puppy Ultimate-  This is where you and your pup will attend four, private one-on-one lessons to learn basic Puppy Training skills.

3 Reasons to Get Dog Training Before the Holidays

With the holidays right around the corner, your to-do list seems to be endless. This year, one important thing to remember to add to your to-do list, or pre-holiday wish list, is dog training. While the winter season is a time of exhilaration and bliss for you and your family, you’ll want the very best holiday experience for your furry friend as well. Below are three reasons why you should look into dog training before the holidays arrive:

Reason 1: Jumping

When you think about the holiday season, visions of twinkling lights, elegant decor, and a sparkling Christmas tree often come to mind. For dogs that like to jump, this can often cause serious issues, resulting in a fallen tree and broken ornaments. To avoid a holiday catastrophe, and possibly an injured pet, commands like “off” and “sit” help to ensure the safety of your dog, as well as the protection of some of your most treasured decorations. Our dog trainers will work carefully with your canine to assist them in learning the commands and practicing obedience before the merriest time of the year arrives.

Reason 2: Hyper Behavior

The hustle and bustle of this season includes visits from guests and various holiday festivities. It is important that your puppy feels comfortable around the many visitors that might be coming in and out of your home. While some dogs might be extremely friendly, the issue of jumping up on unfamiliar company, or running around the house due to excitement, might arise during this time of year. It is very important that your pet understands commands like “sit”, “place”, and “quiet” to prevent hyper behavior in the home, especially when the mailman comes knocking on your front door to deliver all of your holiday packages!

Reason 3: Counter Surfing and Begging

 The holidays also mean that there will be a multitude of delicious sweets, like gingerbread cookies and homemade pies, as well as carefully prepared dinners for your holiday parties. The last thing you want is for your dog to be circling your guests’ feet underneath the table hoping for them to drop a tasty morsel, or outright begging for a bite of the turkey that you are preparing for your family’s annual feast. While we understand that sometimes you just can’t say no to your own beloved pet, your guests might not be as keen on sharing their holiday treats!

A dog brings so much excitement and happiness into your home, and the holidays should be a joyful time spent with family and friends, and of course… man’s best friend! While it is important for your pooch to understand the difference between the time to sit and stay, and when it’s time to jump and play, it is also beneficial for your dog to be rewarded when he or she listens to your command and obeys. Sign your puppy up for dog training with us at Off Leash Dog Training before the holiday madness kicks in, and don’t forget to fill your pup’s stocking with lots of dog-friendly treats!

What does Train as You Live® mean?

  • Trying to train our dogs the way we were trained is a mistake.
  • As humans  “there is time to work”; and then “there is time to play”.
  • Time is a human-made concept and unlike humans, our dogs spend their lives living only “in the now.”
  • In dog training, trying to apply “training time” and “play time” creates inconsistent behavior.
  • When you have “designated” training times and “times when you are not training”, that teaches your dog there are times when they have to listen/obey/follow, and then there are times when they don’t.


How do we solve this problem?

The Train as you Live® program looks at the whole life of the family unit to figure out needed behaviors for the dog to maximize safety and fun based on real-life scenarios.
A family with 5 children that enjoy camping or boating likely would need a different set of behaviors than someone who lives on 10th-floor studio apartment alone with her dog.
By concentrating first on goals or desired/needed actions we develop a list of useful commands to achieve your families goals.  We can then start teaching a dog.

Because dogs learn by pictures, we start by teaching a dog the meaning of the commands in a controlled environment so he or she can see and understand exactly what a specific command means (i.e. Come = come close enough for me to touch you.) Once the dog begins demonstrating he/she understands the command by performing the correct action (90% of the time on the first command) then and only then can we begin integrating them into real life places/situations…   hence the philosophy, Train as you Live®. Continuing on the “Come” example, once a dog learns what “Come” means at home or in the backyard, then the next step is to work on this exercise in the front yard while neighbors are walking their dogs and there are various distractions, once that is done then we move on to other places that are in line with the family’s lifestyle.