Dog Training Classes

Dog Training Orientation

The first step towards attending group dog training classes is to attend an Orientation. This prerequisite session will provide the information necessary to prepare you for group classes. We will discuss training terms and equipment, dog behavior and socialization, and class structure so that you are able to jump into classes right away. You will also receive a packet of information along with the Misty Pines Training Manual. After attending the Orientation, pups under six months will enter into Puppy Classes, and dogs over six months will enter into Level I. Puppy and Starter Orientations are offered once a month. The registration fee is $65 for the Orientation and $18 for each Group Class, or you may purchase a Class Pass. Class Passes are “pre-paid” punch cards with 11 punches on them. The cost is $180 which gives you a free class with the purchase of 10 classes. Please pre-register for either of the Dog Training Orientations by calling in or clicking the appropriate link below.

Pups 6 months old and younger will attend the Puppy Orientation while all dogs over 6 months old will attend the Starter Orientation.

Puppy Orientation (6 months and under) – $65

Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

January 17th
February 14th
March 21st
April 18th
May 16th
June 20th
July 18th
August 15th
September 19th
October 17th
November 28th
December 19th

Please call 412.364.4122 or click here to pre-register for the Puppy Orientation.

Starter Orientation without dogs (over 6 months) – $65

Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

January 10th
February 7th
March 14th
April 11th
May 9th
June 13th
July 11th
August 8th
September 12th
October 10th
November 14th
December 12th

Please call 412.364.4122 or click here to pre-register for the Starter Orientation.

All dogs must be current on Rabies, DHLPP, and Bordetella (Bordetella every 6 months) vaccinations. All pets must have received their bordetella vaccination at least 10 days prior to their visit to Misty Pines.

Group Dog Training Classes

Group dog training classes provide the unique benefit of socialization with other dogs and people. Our group classes are informative and educational, as well as entertaining for your whole family. Exposing your dog to many new dogs and people at an early age will help him become a friendly, well-socialized pet. The fenced in Dog Park is included in the group class price on the days you attend class, which gives you more opportunity to socialize your dog.

All of our classes integrate agility obstacles into the obedience training. This builds confidence and trust in both the dog and handler. We incorporate real life situations for your dog to work through. They will learn to behave around children playing, riding bicycles, and bouncing balls. After approximately 15 classes, owners and their dogs are generally ready to graduate to the next class level.

Misty Pines dog training classes are ongoing every week throughout the year. Each class level is scheduled several times every week. After attending Orientation you can come for class as often as you need to. You can continue coming to classes as your dog grows up and goes through the challenging phases of his life.

Recommended Training Tools for Group Classes

All jobs need the right tools. Misty Pines recommends you have the items below when attending our group or private classes. If there is a specific training tool you would like to use but is not on this list, please discuss it with your trainer.

  • 6 foot leash (Retractable leashes are not permitted on the premises)
  • Treats
  • Bait Bag
  • Training Collar (Scruffy Guider or head halters are preferred, but not required)

Puppy Preschool – $18

Don’t miss this opportunity to positively imprint your puppy! We have Puppy Preschool for those pups between 7 and 12 weeks old who have had at least the first round of vaccinations (with the exception of rabies at this age). Everyone is welcome – kids, adults, those looking for puppies, and anyone who would like to play!

Saturdays 9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Puppy Training Class – $18

Puppy Training Classes are crucial for teaching social skills, good manners, and a positive attitude about learning. Puppies will gain an understanding of basic obedience commands such as sit, down, stay, come, walking nicely on a leash, obstacles and more.

Click here for more information about Puppy Training Class.

Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.
Thursdays 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Saturdays 9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Saturdays 10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Level I Dog Training Class – $18

Level I Dog Training Classes are designed for adolescent and adult dogs that are new to our program. You will learn techniques for teaching basic obedience commands such as sit, down, stay, come, heel, obstacles, and more. Your dog and you will learn how to successfully work through real life distractions.

Click here for more information about Level I Dog Training Classes.

Thursdays 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Thursdays 7:30 – 8:15 p.m.
Saturdays 1:15 – 2:00 p.m.
Saturdays 3:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Toy Breed Obedience – $18

We focus on proper socialization and reward based training. Verbal Cues we cover in classes are Sit, Down, Side, Come, Take a Walk, Easy, Heel, Stand and more. We also incorporate hand signals and leash signals. Obedience classes are vital to proper socialization and acclimation to new sounds, objects, and sights. All of these points help to have a well rounded and happy dog that you can enjoy to the fullest.

Click here for more information about Toy Breed Obedience Classes.

Thursdays 5:45 – 6:15 p.m.
1st Saturday of each month 11:15 – 12:00 p.m. $25 -Specialty Class 45 minutes in length

Multi-Level Dog Training Class – $18

The Multi-Level Dog Training Class incorporates skills and exercises for students from the Level I through Maintenance Plus classes. It provides inspiration to the less experienced owner while continuing to provide challenges for the seasoned veteran. The activities are appropriate for dogs and trainers from Level I through Maintenance Plus, and the results are fun and exciting.

Tuesdays 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Level II Dog Training Class – $18

In Level II Dog Training Classes, your dog will learn advanced obstacles and behaviors. We will challenge you and your dog by increasing the four variables of training and teaching new cues. This class also continues to prepare you and your dog for the Canine Good Citizen Test and Therapy Dog International Test.

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Saturdays 2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Maintenance Plus Dog Training Class – $18

The Maintenance Plus Dog Training Class introduces you and your dog to off-leash handling, challenging agility obstacles, retrieving, and new obedience exercises. This level builds on foundation obedience skills which will help you and your dog master real life situations under high levels of distraction. The Maintenance Plus Dog Training Class also introduces situations which might be encountered in obedience and agility competitions. This class will help you create a very reliable and well-trained dog.

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Saturdays 12:15 – 1:00 p.m.

Growl-Less Class – $20

Misty Pines has developed a special class for reactive dogs. A reactive dog is a dog who “over-reacts” usually by barking, lunging, tugging on the leash, snarling and /or growling at other dogs or people. Participants must first attend a behavior consultation before attending this class. Topics covered include proper handling skills, reading canine body language, anticipating reactive responses, obstacles and obedience with positive associations.

Click to see a news report from WTAE about our Multi-Level Reactive Dog Class.

By appointment only.