training services

Metro Dogs is thrilled to present our comprehensive dog training programs! Our training classes cater to a wide range of dogs, from puppies to adolescents, adults, and seniors. Regardless of age or breed, our classes are designed to benefit every dog. Get ready to embark on a rewarding journey of canine education with Metro Dogs!​

Metro Dogs uses positive reinforcement methodology throughout our dog training classes to teach you and your pup useful skills. Positive reinforcement means that we emphasize what we want our dogs to be doing, managing and reducing the behaviors we don’t want to see, and we never use force or intimidation. We follow AVSAB, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, approved methods. You can learn more about their position statement HERE.

Positive does not mean permissive – our dog training techniques certainly emphasize your dog’s wellbeing but that doesn’t mean they get to do whatever they want. Instead, we teach you how to address unwanted behaviors in a way that gives your dog an alternate, preferable behavior. Training should be fun for both of you!

Cancellation & Refund Policy:

Our facility offers small class sizes as to provide the pups and their owners with the best possible learning experience. If you are no longer able to attend the course after registering you may be eligible for a refund. The refund policy is as follows:

If you cancel….

  • 7+ days prior to first day of the course: Full Refund
  • 2+ days prior to first day of the course: 50% Refund
  • Less than 48 hrs prior to first day of the course: No Refund

Once a course has begun, we are unable to issue a refund.

Requirements:

 ❑ Dogs must be current with age appropriate vaccines

Under 16 weeks, DHPP, Bordatella and Influenza*

Over 16 weeks Rabies, DHPP, Bordatella and Influenza*

*When Influenza vaccine is available at your veterinarian!!

   ❑ Dogs must be in collar and/or harness & 6ft non-retractable leash.

*Aversive tools (e-collars, prong collars, chokers) are not allowed!!

   ❑ Bring a treat pouch filled with tasty treats and a clicker if you use one.

   ❑ Optional: Bring a mat for your dog to relax on during instructional moments (yoga mat, bath mat, thin bed).

Make Up Policy:

As we are a small facility, we often only run one or two courses each quarter, meaning we may not be able to offer a make up class if you are unable to attend one classroom session during a course. If you know you are unable to attend one session, reach out to your trainer to discuss possible options to make up the missing date.

Inclement Weather Policy:

If the weather is too hazardous for travel and Metro Dogs cancels classes you will be notified via email and text. If this occurs, the trainers will reach out to you to reschedule the class session within 3 days.

Course List


 

Managing Reactivity [3 Week]

[ $96  –  3 week course ]

Reactive Rover… Ferocious Fluffy… Cautious Canine?! Reactivity is RUFF. But what is reactivity exactly? Why does your very friendly and playful pup blow up at certain dogs in the neighborhood? Or why can your dog run free at the dog park and play nicely but get growly the moment you clip on the leash? Or behind the fenced yard they lose their marbles barking at your neighbor but when your neighbor stops by they go say hi and get a cookie? And most importantly WHAT DO WE DO?!!? This course will be the beginning steps for managing your reactive pup — we’ll get you on the path to recovering reactivity. Our first session will be PEOPLE ONLY, NO DOGS.

Class Schedule:

Sunday February 18th to March 3rd at 11am to 12pm – FULL

Monday March 4th to 18th at 7:15 to 8:05pm – FULL

Thursday March 7th to 18th at 8:10pm to 9pm

Sunday March 10th to March 24th at 11am to 12pm – 1 spot left!

Sunday April 7th through 21st at 12:15p to 1:15pm

Courteous Canines: Lessons in etiquette & manners [3 Week]

[ $96  –  3 week course ]

This 3-week masterclass covers all things ‘manners’, with a curriculum that specifically focuses on setting your dog up to be a well-behaved and polite member of society! This is a hybrid class that will cover subjects such as; basic doggy etiquette, obedience, and impulse control. Dogs of all ages are welcome!

Specific topics include:

  • Greeting etiquette: Dogs will learn how to greet people and other dogs politely without jumping up. We will also cover different management techniques for overexcitement during greetings.
  • Leash manners: Walking politely on leash, without pulling or lunging. Loose-leash walking when encountering distractions.
  • Impulse control: Each week, we’ll incorporate different exercises to help your dog practice self-control and patience, especially when working through moments of excessive excitability. We’ll cover behaviors like ‘settle’, ‘stay’, ‘leave it’, and any other behaviors to help improve impulse control.
  • Miscellaneous: Demand barking, boredom behaviors (chewing, digging, scratching), different ways to exercise your pup, physically and mentally.

This class welcomes dogs of all ages!

Class Schedule:

Dates coming soon

Metro Pups 101: AKC Puppy STAR Class [6 Week]

[ $150  –  6 week course ]

This is the CRASH COURSE for puppy owners! Metro Pups 101 is open to puppies anywhere from 8 weeks to 6 months old. We cover obedience skills, confidence building, relationship strengthening, socialization to novel stimulus and cooperative care techniques for veterinary and groomer visits.

The course also emphasizes the AKC STAR Puppy requirements — meaning your puppy is being shaped into a Canine Good Citizen! In order to graduate as an AKC STAR Puppy you must attend all 6 weeks.

Graduates of Metro Pups 101 are eligible to begin Metro Pups 202!

Class Schedule:

Sunday February 18th through March 24th from 12:15pm to 1pm

Sunday April 7th through May 12th at 10am to 10:45am

 

Metro Pups 201: Foundation Obedience [6 Weeks]

[ $150  –  6 week course ]

This course is for puppies and dogs over 6 months of age that have not had any formal training class! This class is perfect for newly acquired pups and rescue dogs! We use science based methodology to teach you and your dog the basic skills needed to live peacefully! Plus, we use fun games and training techniques that are sure to build a positive and trusting relationship.

 

Next class begins:

check back soon!

Metro Pups 202: Intermediate Obedience [6 Weeks]

[  $150  –  6 week course  ]

Already completed basic obedience with us through our STAR Puppy class or graduated from Metro Pups 201? This is the place for you! Metro Pups 202 is an intermediate obedience course designed to further build the skills you’ve learned with your pups in your previous courses through positive reinforcement-based methodologies. We’ll walk you through how to advance your dog’s behaviors and learn some new tricks to add to your toolkit, too!

 

Next class begins:

TBD, email us if you’re interested in this course!

Metro Pups 203: Advanced Obedience and CGC Prep [4 Weeks]

[  $96  –  4 week course  ]

Been through basic and intermediate obedience and ready for a new challenge? Metro Pups 203 is the advanced obedience and Canine Good Citizen test prep course. While all of our courses are designed to gradually prepare you for the skills that you and your dog will need to take this test, but this one is specifically tailored toward helping you feel confident in your dog’s advanced obedience skills!

Next class begins:

TBD, email us if you’re interested in this course!

Cooperative Care [3 Weeks]

[ $96  –  3 week course ]

Cooperative Care is the answer for those who struggling with nail trims, ear cleaning, brushing, bathing, or even wearing a harness! Cooperative Care allows your dog to become an active participant in the activity they are hesitant about, and the introduction of choice gives them feeling of control and thus more willing to tolerate the activity! Cooperative Care course will be tailored to the students that register so that we can work on what you want most!

 

Class Schedule:

Sunday March 10th through 24th from 1:15p to 2:15p

Brewery Manners [3 Weeks]

[ $96  –  3 week course ]

Inbound BrewCo and Metro Dogs are teaming up to bring you a fabulous class to help you and your dog become brewery besties! <3 What’s better than a beer with friends? A beer with doggo friends!! We’ll guide you through some important and useful skills to develop your dog into a Brewery Boss — including real life training sessions at Inbound BrewCo! Class will be hybrid, meaning that some portions will be taught at Metro Dogs (with few distractions) and some at Inbound Brew Co (to practice in the real world!)

 

Class Schedule:

Sunday April 7th through 21st at 11am to 12pm

Come When Called [3 Week]

[ $96  –  3 week course ]

“Fenton! Fennntonnn! FEN-TONNNNN!”

If this is you — we can help. Using fun, easy techniques, we help build your dog’s recall skills so that you’re not that guy at the park. We’ll discuss why recall is a challenging behavior, what sort of techniques can we apply to prevent the “I’m-not-listening” pup, and how we can make recall really freakin’ fun.

 

Class Schedule:

Sunday February 18th through March 3rd at 1:15pm to 2:15pm with instructor Sydney

 

Teenage Chaos Control: Manners in the Making [4 Week]

[ $100  –  4 week course ]

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness….” But mostly, it was the age of foolishness, and sometimes, it feels like the worst of times. Teenage dogs come with their own set of challenges — even harder than potty training, sometimes! If you’re ever feeling like you’re once angelic puppy is now terrorizing you, forgetting commands they once knew, yelling at the neighbor they used to love, or even just becoming the typical moody teenager, you’re NOT alone. We are here to help.

Class Schedule:

Sunday February 18th through March 10th at 2:30pm to 3:15pm

Sunday April 7th through 28th at 2:30pm to 3:15pm

Loose Leash Walking Level 1 [3 or 4 Week]

[ $108  –  3 or 4 week course ]

If you catch yourself dreading taking the dog out for a walk, this class is for you. We will help teach you useful techniques to improve your dog’s leash manners. This class will be a combination of classroom learning and real life application through outdoor excursions. By the end of the class, you’ll feel more prepared for your daily dog walk time!

 

Next class begins:

Sunday February 18th to March 3rd at 3:30pm to 4:30pm (3 Week)

Sunday April 7th to 28th at 1:30pm to 2:15pm (4 Week)

 

Trick Training Class [4 Week]

[ $100  –  4 week course ]

Teaching your pup tricks is the perfect way to provide mental and physical stimulation while building the bond between you and your dog. Tricks are great to work on during inclement weather or when you don’t have time to give them their usual exercise. Trick Training is also perfect for dogs that participate in Therapy work or spend time with children! The tricks your pup can learn in this class are endless! Bring your own ideas to the table. If you’d like to earn a Trick Dog title through the AKC, learn more HERE.

 

Next class begins:

TBD – if you’re interested send us an email!

[email protected]

Senior School [3 Week]

[ $84  –  3 week course ]

We will help owners of older dogs work on different games, body conditioning, and fun training tricks for the “seniors.”

In this context, ‘senior’ means any dog over the age of 8 years old, but in the dog world, age is really a number!! An 8 year old chihuahua is middle age, but an 8 year old great dane is senior age!! Regardless, once your dog has reached 8, they are arguably the Best Dog Ever™, and don’t “need” training anymore!

This class is sure to reinvigorate your canine companion in a way that is appropriate for their age!

 

Next class begins:

Sunday January 28th from 3:15pm to 4pm

Sunday March 10th to 24th from 3:30pm to 4:15pm

 

Winter Walking Skills [3 or 4 Week]

[ $116  –  3 or 4 week course ]

Indoor tips and tricks to make walking in the winter wonderland more pleasurable for you and your pup! Not only will we teach you some techniques to train your dog, we will also share our favorite winter products to keep both of you safe. 

 

Next class begins:

TBD, email us if you’re interested in being notified when the next class begins!

AKC Trick Dog Evaluation (Virtual)

[ $10 per submission ]

Submit a Trick Dog video for evaluation. Taylor will complete the evaluation upon submission.

Sign up for virtual evaluations here!

More information on the AKC Trick Dog certification at the AKC website HERE.

AKC Trick Dog Evaluation (In person)

[ $15 per evaluation ]

One-on-one Trick Dog evaluation at Metro Dogs with Taylor. Dates will be posted soon.

More information on AKC Trick Dog titles at the AKC website HERE.

Canine Inspired Change Therapy Class

More information available HERE.

Day Training Sessions

More information available HERE.

Day Training is available for former and current clients!

Board and Train

If you are looking for Board and Train info, please visit this link: https://metrodogsmn.com/board-and-train/ 

Classes coming soon...

❑  Cooperative Care [ 4 Week ]

❑  Brewery Manners

❑  Confidence Building

❑  Drop In Training Hour

More information on class details to come!

How do I get started?

You can reserve a dog training class through our client portal and easily access more details about each class, such as the instructor, and select a class that suits your schedule. Simply log in to your account, click on “New Booking,” and choose “Training Classes” from the Booking Category options. If you need further guidance, please watch our instructional video below for step-by-step assistance.​

Meet our Trainers!

Beth (she/her)

Bethany is a Catch Canine Trainers Academy certified dog trainer (CCDT) with a passion for helping owners and their dogs to become the very best versions of themselves!
 
She has been training pups at Metro Dogs since April of 2022; helping to guide new puppies through our Puppy Pre-K program, teaching exciting new tricks to dogs participating in the Trick of the Month and Day Training program, advising owners through private sessions, and leading pet parents in group classes.
 
Positive reinforcement and Fear Free methodology are core values in her approach to training. There is nothing that Beth loves more than making training fun and accessible to owners and their dogs!
 

Bethany is a Fear Free certified Daycare Pro. 

 

Taylor (she/her)

Taylor is Metro Dogs General Manager. Outside of that role, Taylor has an interest in dog training! As a young child, she taught dogs, cats, and even rabbits! Her interest has always been on training fun tricks. Tricks strengthen the bond between dog and owner and are a low pressure way to work on engagement, grow the relationship, and build resiliency during every day life.

Taylor's dog Dory has a repertoire of tricks she showcases during Canine Inspired Change therapy sessions, so if you want some real show stoppers for children or students, you're in the right place!

Outside of trick training, Taylor teaches Canine Good Citizen Prep classes and is an AKC approved evaluator for Canine Good Citizen, Urban Canine Good Citizen, AKC S.T.A.R Puppy, and AKC Trick Dog programs.

Taylor is a Fear Free certified Daycare Pro.

 

Metro Dogs trainer, Taylor with her Golden Retriever Dory and fresh cut lilacs.
Pet Emergency Education Certified Advanced Pet CPR
Sydney the Metro Dogs Trick of the Month Trainer Works with Phil a Mini Aussie
Sydney the Metro Dogs Trick of the Month Trainer Works with Phil a Mini Aussie

Sydney (she/her)

Sydney has been working with dogs since 2017, but she has always had an affinity for animals for as long as she can remember! She has spent the last three years exclusively pursuing her love for dog training. This transition helped spark her passion for not only teaching, but also helping create a healthy bond between dogs and their pet parent!

Sydney is currently in the process of earning her degree in behavioral psychology and plans to continue her educational journey within the dog training community, as well. Sydney believes that it is critical to keep current on the ever-changing science and techniques used within the dog industry in order to best set pet parents up for success.

As an advocate for science-based methodologies, Sydney uses positive reinforcement and Fear Free based approaches while training. She has had so much fun putting these practices to use while participating in Metro Dogs Trick of the Month program, and she’s so happy that she gets to share these ideals while teaching the Puppy Basics in the Social Classroom and the Trick Training class!

Sydney believes that training should be fun for all involved, and nothing makes her happier than seeing pet parents and their animal companions succeed!

 

 

Training Associations & FAQ


 

Progressive Reinforcement Dog Training

Here at Metro Dogs our trainers follow the Progressive Reinforcement Training manifesto, written by Emily Larlham, also known for her training YouTube page, KikoPup.

Progressive Reinforcement Training means:

➩ Teaching and reinforcing desirable behaviors so they will be more likely to occur in the future.
➩ Preventing and interrupting undesirable behaviors without the intentional use of physical or psychological intimidation.
➩ Taking the learner’s physical and emotional wellbeing into account.
➩ Continuing to educate oneself with the goal of employing humane, effective training based on the latest scientific evidence.

A commitment to Progressive Reinforcement Training means strictly following all of the above principles not just in training sessions but during 100% of the time spent with the animal.

Progressive Reinforcement Training does not mean:

➩ The intentional use of physical or psychological intimidation.
➩ Intentionally disregarding the learner’s physical and emotional wellbeing.
➩ Holding uncompassionate goals for your training.

Fear Free Dog Training

More information coming soon…

Confidence Building

More information coming soon…

Why choose Metro Dogs University for dog training?

More information coming soon…

Metro Dogs is thrilled to present our comprehensive dog training programs! Our training classes cater to a wide range of dogs, from puppies to adolescents, adults, and seniors. Regardless of age or breed, our classes are designed to benefit every dog. Get ready to embark on a rewarding journey of canine education with Metro Dogs!​

Metro Dogs uses positive reinforcement methodology throughout our dog training classes to teach you and your pup useful skills. Positive reinforcement means that we emphasize what we want our dogs to be doing, managing and reducing the behaviors we don’t want to see, and we never use force or intimidation. We follow AVSAB, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, approved methods. You can learn more about their position statement HERE.

Positive does not mean permissive – our dog training techniques certainly emphasize your dog’s wellbeing but that doesn’t mean they get to do whatever they want. Instead, we teach you how to address unwanted behaviors in a way that gives your dog an alternate, preferable behavior. Training should be fun for both of you!

Requirements:

 ❑ Dogs must be current with age appropriate vaccines

Under 16 weeks, DHPP, Bordatella and Influenza*

Over 16 weeks Rabies, DHPP, Bordatella and Influenza*

*When Influenza vaccine is available at your veterinarian!!

   ❑ Dogs must be in collar and/or harness & 6ft non-retractable leash.

*Aversive tools (e-collars, prong collars, chokers) are not allowed!!

   ❑ Bring a treat pouch filled with tasty treats and a clicker if you use one.

   ❑ Optional: Bring a mat for your dog to relax on during instructional moments (yoga mat, bath mat, thin bed).

Cancellation Policy:

Our facility offers small class sizes as to provide the pups and their owners with the best possible learning experience. If you are no longer able to attend the course after registering you may be eligible for a refund. The refund policy is as follows:

If you cancel….

  • 7+ days prior to first day of class: Full Refund
  • 2+ days prior to first day of class: 50% Refund
  • Less than 48 hrs prior to first day of class: No Refund

Make Up Policy:

As we are a small facility, we often only run one course each quarter, meaning we may not be able to offer a make up class if you are unable to attend one classroom session during a course. If you know you are unable to attend one session, reach out to your trainer to discuss possible options to make up the missing date.

Inclement Weather Policy:

If the weather is too hazardous for travel and Metro Dogs cancels classes you will be notified via email and text. If this occurs, the trainers will reach out to you to reschedule the class session within 3 days.

Course List


 

Managing Reactivity [3 Week]

[ $96  –  3 week course ]

Reactive Rover… Ferocious Fluffy… Cautious Canine?! Reactivity is RUFF. But what is reactivity exactly? Why does your very friendly and playful pup blow up at certain dogs in the neighborhood? Or why can your dog run free at the dog park and play nicely but get growly the moment you clip on the leash? Or behind the fenced yard they lose their marbles barking at your neighbor but when your neighbor stops by they go say hi and get a cookie? And most importantly WHAT DO WE DO?!!? This course will be the beginning steps for managing your reactive pup — we’ll get you on the path to recovering reactivity. Our first session will be PEOPLE ONLY, NO DOGS.

Class Schedule:

Sunday February 18th to March 3rd at 11am to 12pm – FULL

Monday March 4th to 18th at 7:15 to 8:05pm – FULL

Thursday March 7th to 18th at 8:10pm to 9pm

Sunday March 10th to March 24th at 11am to 12pm – 1 spot left!

Sunday April 7th through 21st at 12:15p to 1:15pm

Courteous Canines: Lessons in etiquette & manners [3 Week]

[ $96  –  3 week course ]

This 3-week masterclass covers all things ‘manners’, with a curriculum that specifically focuses on setting your dog up to be a well-behaved and polite member of society! This is a hybrid class that will cover subjects such as; basic doggy etiquette, obedience, and impulse control. Dogs of all ages are welcome!

Specific topics include:

  • Greeting etiquette: Dogs will learn how to greet people and other dogs politely without jumping up. We will also cover different management techniques for overexcitement during greetings.
  • Leash manners: Walking politely on leash, without pulling or lunging. Loose-leash walking when encountering distractions.
  • Impulse control: Each week, we’ll incorporate different exercises to help your dog practice self-control and patience, especially when working through moments of excessive excitability. We’ll cover behaviors like ‘settle’, ‘stay’, ‘leave it’, and any other behaviors to help improve impulse control.
  • Miscellaneous: Demand barking, boredom behaviors (chewing, digging, scratching), different ways to exercise your pup, physically and mentally.

This class welcomes dogs of all ages!

Class Schedule:

Dates coming soon

Metro Pups 101: AKC Puppy STAR Class [6 Week]

[ $150  –  6 week course ]

This is the CRASH COURSE for puppy owners! Metro Pups 101 is open to puppies anywhere from 8 weeks to 6 months old. We cover obedience skills, confidence building, relationship strengthening, socialization to novel stimulus and cooperative care techniques for veterinary and groomer visits.

The course also emphasizes the AKC STAR Puppy requirements — meaning your puppy is being shaped into a Canine Good Citizen! In order to graduate as an AKC STAR Puppy you must attend all 6 weeks.

Graduates of Metro Pups 101 are eligible to begin Metro Pups 202!

Class Schedule:

Sunday February 18th through March 24th from 12:15pm to 1pm

Sunday April 7th through May 12th at 10am to 10:45am

 

Metro Pups 201: Foundation Obedience [6 Weeks]

[ $150  –  6 week course ]

This course is for puppies and dogs over 6 months of age that have not had any formal training class! This class is perfect for newly acquired pups and rescue dogs! We use science based methodology to teach you and your dog the basic skills needed to live peacefully! Plus, we use fun games and training techniques that are sure to build a positive and trusting relationship.

 

Next class begins:

check back soon!

Metro Pups 202: Intermediate Obedience [6 Weeks]

[  $150  –  6 week course  ]

Already completed basic obedience with us through our STAR Puppy class or graduated from Metro Pups 201? This is the place for you! Metro Pups 202 is an intermediate obedience course designed to further build the skills you’ve learned with your pups in your previous courses through positive reinforcement-based methodologies. We’ll walk you through how to advance your dog’s behaviors and learn some new tricks to add to your toolkit, too!

 

Next class begins:

TBD, email us if you’re interested in this course!

Metro Pups 203: Advanced Obedience and CGC Prep [4 Weeks]

[  $96  –  4 week course  ]

Been through basic and intermediate obedience and ready for a new challenge? Metro Pups 203 is the advanced obedience and Canine Good Citizen test prep course. While all of our courses are designed to gradually prepare you for the skills that you and your dog will need to take this test, but this one is specifically tailored toward helping you feel confident in your dog’s advanced obedience skills!

Next class begins:

TBD, email us if you’re interested in this course!

Cooperative Care [3 Weeks]

[ $96  –  3 week course ]

Cooperative Care is the answer for those who struggling with nail trims, ear cleaning, brushing, bathing, or even wearing a harness! Cooperative Care allows your dog to become an active participant in the activity they are hesitant about, and the introduction of choice gives them feeling of control and thus more willing to tolerate the activity! Cooperative Care course will be tailored to the students that register so that we can work on what you want most!

 

Class Schedule:

Sunday March 10th through 24th from 1:15p to 2:15p

Brewery Manners [3 Weeks]

[ $96  –  3 week course ]

Inbound BrewCo and Metro Dogs are teaming up to bring you a fabulous class to help you and your dog become brewery besties! <3 What’s better than a beer with friends? A beer with doggo friends!! We’ll guide you through some important and useful skills to develop your dog into a Brewery Boss — including real life training sessions at Inbound BrewCo! Class will be hybrid, meaning that some portions will be taught at Metro Dogs (with few distractions) and some at Inbound Brew Co (to practice in the real world!)

 

Class Schedule:

Sunday April 7th through 21st at 11am to 12pm

Come When Called [3 Week]

[ $96  –  3 week course ]

“Fenton! Fennntonnn! FEN-TONNNNN!”

If this is you — we can help. Using fun, easy techniques, we help build your dog’s recall skills so that you’re not that guy at the park. We’ll discuss why recall is a challenging behavior, what sort of techniques can we apply to prevent the “I’m-not-listening” pup, and how we can make recall really freakin’ fun.

 

Class Schedule:

Sunday February 18th through March 3rd at 1:15pm to 2:15pm with instructor Sydney

 

Teenage Chaos Control: Manners in the Making [4 Week]

[ $100  –  4 week course ]

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness….” But mostly, it was the age of foolishness, and sometimes, it feels like the worst of times. Teenage dogs come with their own set of challenges — even harder than potty training, sometimes! If you’re ever feeling like you’re once angelic puppy is now terrorizing you, forgetting commands they once knew, yelling at the neighbor they used to love, or even just becoming the typical moody teenager, you’re NOT alone. We are here to help.

Class Schedule:

Sunday February 18th through March 10th at 2:30pm to 3:15pm

Sunday April 7th through 28th at 2:30pm to 3:15pm

Loose Leash Walking Level 1 [3 or 4 Week]

[ $108  –  3 or 4 week course ]

If you catch yourself dreading taking the dog out for a walk, this class is for you. We will help teach you useful techniques to improve your dog’s leash manners. This class will be a combination of classroom learning and real life application through outdoor excursions. By the end of the class, you’ll feel more prepared for your daily dog walk time!

 

Next class begins:

Sunday February 18th to March 3rd at 3:30pm to 4:30pm (3 Week)

Sunday April 7th to 28th at 1:30pm to 2:15pm (4 Week)

 

Trick Training Class [4 Week]

[ $100  –  4 week course ]

Teaching your pup tricks is the perfect way to provide mental and physical stimulation while building the bond between you and your dog. Tricks are great to work on during inclement weather or when you don’t have time to give them their usual exercise. Trick Training is also perfect for dogs that participate in Therapy work or spend time with children! The tricks your pup can learn in this class are endless! Bring your own ideas to the table. If you’d like to earn a Trick Dog title through the AKC, learn more HERE.

 

Next class begins:

TBD – if you’re interested send us an email!

[email protected]

Senior School [3 Week]

[ $84  –  3 week course ]

We will help owners of older dogs work on different games, body conditioning, and fun training tricks for the “seniors.”

In this context, ‘senior’ means any dog over the age of 8 years old, but in the dog world, age is really a number!! An 8 year old chihuahua is middle age, but an 8 year old great dane is senior age!! Regardless, once your dog has reached 8, they are arguably the Best Dog Ever™, and don’t “need” training anymore!

This class is sure to reinvigorate your canine companion in a way that is appropriate for their age!

 

Next class begins:

Sunday January 28th from 3:15pm to 4pm

Sunday March 10th to 24th from 3:30pm to 4:15pm

 

Winter Walking Skills [3 or 4 Week]

[ $116  –  3 or 4 week course ]

Indoor tips and tricks to make walking in the winter wonderland more pleasurable for you and your pup! Not only will we teach you some techniques to train your dog, we will also share our favorite winter products to keep both of you safe. 

 

Next class begins:

TBD, email us if you’re interested in being notified when the next class begins!

AKC Trick Dog Evaluation (Virtual)

[ $10 per submission ]

Submit a Trick Dog video for evaluation. Taylor will complete the evaluation upon submission.

Sign up for virtual evaluations here!

More information on the AKC Trick Dog certification at the AKC website HERE.

AKC Trick Dog Evaluation (In person)

[ $15 per evaluation ]

One-on-one Trick Dog evaluation at Metro Dogs with Taylor. Dates will be posted soon.

More information on AKC Trick Dog titles at the AKC website HERE.

Canine Inspired Change Therapy Class

More information available HERE.

Day Training Sessions

More information available HERE.

Day Training is available for former and current clients!

Board and Train

If you are looking for Board and Train info, please visit this link: https://metrodogsmn.com/board-and-train/ 

Classes coming soon...

❑  Cooperative Care [ 4 Week ]

❑  Brewery Manners

❑  Confidence Building

❑  Drop In Training Hour

More information on class details to come!

How do I get started?

You can reserve a dog training class through our client portal and easily access more details about each class, such as the instructor, and select a class that suits your schedule. Simply log in to your account, click on “New Booking,” and choose “Training Classes” from the Booking Category options. If you need further guidance, please watch our instructional video below for step-by-step assistance.​

Meet our Trainers!

Bethany the Metro Dogs head Trainer with Pete her Aussie/Hound Mix with the Minneapolis City Skyline in the Background

Beth (she/her)

- Head Trainer

Beth has been with Metro Dogs since September of 2021 as a daycare handler, and took over as trainer for Trick of the Month and Puppy Pre-K in April of 2022. She has spent her entire life surrounded by all kinds of dogs, but most frequently herding breeds (breeds that she now adores!). Growing up in the Chicagoland area and then attending the University of North Dakota for her undergraduate degree, Beth is no stranger to cold, snowy winters! Beth adores working at Metro Dogs because of how rewarding it is to get to build bonds with each dog that comes in, whether it be in group or training one-on-one. She is currently a Minneapolis resident that lives with her AHS rescue, Pete (an Aussie / Coonhound mix, not-so-surprisingly!) and adores spending most of her free time with him by her side. As of June 2023, Beth earned her CCDT, graduating with distinction from Catch Canine Trainers Academy.

Bethany is a Fear Free certified Daycare Pro. 

Metro Dogs trainer, Taylor with her Golden Retriever Dory and fresh cut lilacs.
Pet Emergency Education Certified Advanced Pet CPR

Taylor (she/her)

- General Manager

Although new to Metro Dogs in 2021, Taylor is no stranger to the Metro Dogs team. She had worked at our sister company, Dog Days St Paul, for 6 years! Her other professional jobs have included working at an animal shelter for many years, dog training, doggy daycares and boarding facilities, and at a veterinary clinic. Taylor received her Bachelor’s degree in Companion Animal Science from the U of MN. You could say animals have been her actual entire life. Taylor’s favorite part about Metro Dogs is that the goals of the business align with her own personal philosophies on dog care. Taylor lives in Northeast with her partner, her two cats, Ed and Otis, and her golden retriever, Dory (@dory_of_mpls). You will often find her with a RAGOM foster pup in tow, too. Taylor spends her time outdoors in any weather (Dory loves them all, rain, snow, or shine), enjoys local restaurants and breweries, and home cooking. Taylor is an approved AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator and AKC Puppy S.T.A.R trainer.

Taylor is a Fear Free certified Daycare Pro.

Sydney the Metro Dogs Trick of the Month Trainer Works with Phil a Mini Aussie

Sydney (she/her)

Sydney has been working with dogs since 2017, but she has always had an affinity for animals for as long as she can remember! She has spent the last three years exclusively pursuing her love for dog training. This transition helped spark her passion for not only teaching, but also helping create a healthy bond between dogs and their pet parent!

Sydney is currently in the process of earning her degree in behavioral psychology and plans to continue her educational journey within the dog training community, as well. Sydney believes that it is critical to keep current on the ever-changing science and techniques used within the dog industry in order to best set pet parents up for success.

As an advocate for science-based methodologies, Sydney uses positive reinforcement and Fear Free based approaches while training. She has had so much fun putting these practices to use while participating in Metro Dogs Trick of the Month program, and she’s so happy that she gets to share these ideals while teaching the Puppy Basics in the Social Classroom and the Trick Training class!

Sydney believes that training should be fun for all involved, and nothing makes her happier than seeing pet parents and their animal companions succeed!

Sydney is a Fear Free certified Daycare Pro.

Trainer Associations & FAQ


 

Progressive Reinforcement Dog Training

Here at Metro Dogs our trainers follow the Progressive Reinforcement Training manifesto, written by Emily Larlham, also known for her training YouTube page, KikoPup.

Progressive Reinforcement Training means:

➩ Teaching and reinforcing desirable behaviors so they will be more likely to occur in the future.
➩ Preventing and interrupting undesirable behaviors without the intentional use of physical or psychological intimidation.
➩ Taking the learner’s physical and emotional wellbeing into account.
➩ Continuing to educate oneself with the goal of employing humane, effective training based on the latest scientific evidence.

A commitment to Progressive Reinforcement Training means strictly following all of the above principles not just in training sessions but during 100% of the time spent with the animal.

Progressive Reinforcement Training does not mean:

➩ The intentional use of physical or psychological intimidation.
➩ Intentionally disregarding the learner’s physical and emotional wellbeing.
➩ Holding uncompassionate goals for your training.

Fear Free Dog Training

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Confidence Building

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