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Canine Creature Comforts Dog Training and Socialization Center

Group Classes or Private Training - from puppy to expert level - we offer solutions for your training needs!

At Canine Creature Comforts, we specialize in understanding dog behavior. Whether it is managing a  pack of 50+ dogs, working with a dog who has aggression issues, or helping a child learn how to teach their puppy to sit, our trainers approach all situations with an understanding of how a dog views    the world.

As humans we spend all of our time using English to communicate our likes and dislikes. Here's a little surprise - dogs don't speak English! However, they do speak fluent dog language. We spend our time understanding how to speak DOG and how to help our human clients learn to speak and interpret that same language.

Canine Creature Comforts' training programs are some of the most comprehensive programs in the Philadelphia area. We offer group classes, private in-home training, as well as behavioral modification training.

GROUP CLASSES:
Our group classes are all geared towards training a family pet. If your family dog is well-behaved and you're able to take them places without being embarrassed, then your dog gets to participate in more activities with you, which results in a happy dog and happy humans! We offer the following classes:

Group Orientation Class (90 minute humans-only class)                  Dog Age Restriction = None

Whether you have a new puppy, a new rescue or you are just starting to train your dog, join us for this informative session! We'll give you all the necessary information to start training your dog.  We cover everything from house breaking, crate training, rewards & consequences and the difference between how dogs & humans view the world.  This class is the prerequisite for our New Beginnings Class for clients who have not had a private training session or a boot camp client.

New Beginnings (6 weeks)
Prerequisite = Group Orientation Class                                Dog Age Restriction = None

Our Curriculum includes sit, down, stay, come, leave it, leash walking, etc.  The importance of socialization is covered as well as common issues such as puppy nipping/biting, etc. 

Classes to be completed:

Scooby Doo                     Pluto

Odie                                  Blues Clues

Brian                                 Hong Kong Phooey

Rolling Enrollment = as soon as your prerequisite is complete, classes may be taken in any order! Classes do sometimes fill up so we recommend choosing six classes you'd like to attend in advance & registering for them.  You can switch to a different open class without a penalty if changes are made before the day of class.  Becasue we rotate exercises, have multiple instructors and have new students starting all the time, two classes are never the same.  The socialization window is short for puppies so we feel it is better not to wait too long in between classes.  Your 6 classes need to be completed within 8 weeks of your purchase.  Contact us for any of the classes you would like to attend.

Obedience 2 (6 weeks)
Obedience 3 (6 weeks)

Obedience 4 (6 weeks)
Canine Good Citizen (6 weeks)
Outings Group Class (4 weeks)

Please check the Class Schedule for start dates and times. Some classes have pre-requisites, so please check before signing up!

PRIVATE SESSIONS:
For those who need more individualized attention, we offer private training sessions available in our store, in your home, or on location (at a park, neighborhood, urban area, etc). Our private sessions are designed to give you insight into what may be going on in your home 'pack' and we will show you how to work on fixing any issues. Please contact us for more information on pricing and scheduling.

TRAINING WHILE IN DAYCARE:
(available weekdays only)

Do you want your dog to walk nicely on a leash or come when you call her? Some of our dogs need extra attention and quality time with one of our trainers. We can help your dog learn not to jump, not to bark, or work on specific tasks that will make your life easier! Please contact us for more information on pricing and scheduling.

 

SLEEPOVER BEHAVIORAL  BOOTCAMP:
We believe there are two types of training - obedience training and behavioral training. Obedience is teaching your dog to 'obey' a command – sit, stay, come. Behavioral training is working with a dog to improve their overall 'behavior' – no lunging, no biting, not to be afraid, etc.

A common mistake made by many owners and trainers is trying to use obedience to change a behavior. A good example of this is asking a dog who lunges and barks at other dogs while on leash to 'sit' and take treats while a strange dog is passing. A small percentage of dogs will be able to do this, but most dogs are so interested in the passing dog, they totally ignore the treat and their human.

Many dog owners find themselves dealing with behavior problems beyond the scope of typical "disobedience".  Some of these out-of-control behaviors include, leash aggression, dog on dog aggression, dog on people aggression, territorial guarding, resource guarding, separation anxiety, extreme fearfulness, wariness or shyness.  When a dog exhibits behavior problems, not only is the owner-dog relationship compromised, but the dog becomes a safety liabiltiy.  Dogs do not "outgrow" true behavior problems like those mentioned above; rather these behaviors tend to escalate, especially in the period from adolescence to adulthood (6 months to 3 years).  Younger dogs can usually be rehabilited more easily, so it is wise to address behavior issues as soon as they arise.  To rehabilitate dogs with behavior problems, Canine Creature Comforts offers Sleepover Behavorial Bootcamp.  Our trainers have decades of combined experience working with dogs that exhibit a variety of behavior problems.  Many local veternarians, breeders and rescues refer their clients to us.  Our trainers approach each dog as an individual, taking time to build a bond of trust and respect, and employ balanced training methods that help each dog learn to approach and respond to situations in a new way.  A Training Evaluation will allow us to evaluate your dog and recommend a customized program.  Call to schedule your Training Evaluation today!


Training to Be in Daycare

(available weekdays only)

Some of our dogs need some extra help to be able to attend daycare. They may be shy or anxious and too insecure to fit in right away. We can help! We have successfully integrated many dogs into a daycare environment who would have normally been turned away from other facilities. A daycare evaluation is required to determine if your dog is a candidate for this type of training. Please contact us to schedule an evaluation today.

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