Dog Training

Helping Create the Perfect Pet

PROVIDING SOLUTIONS THROUGH PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINING

Our team of dedicated trainers are skilled in providing training and support for you and your pup. Here at Paw Commons, we are not tied to any one approach to train your dog. WHY? Because every dog is different. By using a multitude of different methods that work with your dog’s specific behavior and response, we can achieve the best results. This approach gives us a large number of training aids to achieve the proper Behavior Modification.

Our trainers are AKC Evaluators, Members of the Association of Dog Training Professionals, and many other accolades. Find a location near you today!

Free Dog Training Evaluation

We have the ability to design a personally tailored dog training program for you. Because we have an actual training facility and a staff of professional trainers, we have the flexibility to determine together what format is best for you, versus only offering one solution.

In order to design a personally tailored program for you, we offer a Free Evaluation at our facility where you can meet with one of our training specialists. Prior to your evaluation, we will send you a comprehensive questionnaire so we can learn about your specific needs. Then we will meet with you and your dog to evaluate your current situation, discuss the challenges you are facing, and show you how we can help make a positive and significant improvement. We offer weekday and weekend evaluation appointments.

Free Dog Training Evaluation!

Please call or visit one of our locations to set up an appointment with one of our professional dog trainers.

SERVICES PROVIDED

We offer at all levels – off-leash, on-leash and everything in between.

Our training programs range from basic obedience, like sit, stay, come, lay down, and heel, to more challenging behavior problems. We help clients overcome issues such as potty training, jumping on people, pulling on a leash, and barking. Our programs are designed and personalized for most dogs at any age.

We are most known for our training camps, but also offer private training lessons at our facility or in your home. Our past clients have been impressed at the positive change we have created in their dog’s behavior in a short period of time.

Once your dog’s training is complete, we conduct a comprehensive lesson with you to show you how to maintain and continually improve on your dog’s new good manners. Our training programs also include follow-up training lessons with you and your dog… then we can become your “dog coach” for life, providing ongoing support if ever needed.

OVERNIGHT CAMPS

5 Week Overnight Camp

Obedience & Behavior Modification

Your pet will learn a customized training program created by your location’s training team. Examples of skills learned include but are not limited to Leave It, Place and Training Markers with added distractions and duration of skills. We can also develop high level skills or focus on specific behavior modification such as resource guarding, over-excitement, etc. This program includes at least 25 days of training, 35 nights of lodging, a one-hour departure lesson, 2 one-hour follow up lessons and a complimentary bath in the doggie spa.

4 Week Overnight Camp

Advanced Obedience Training

Your pet will learn a customized training program created by your location’s training team. Examples of skills learned include but are not limited to Recall, Loose Leash Walking, Leave It, Place and Training Markers with added distractions and duration of skills. This program includes at least 20 days of training, 28 nights of lodging, a one-hour departure lesson, 2 one-hour follow up lessons and a complimentary bath in the doggie spa.

3 Week Overnight Camp

Focused Obedience Training

Your pet will learn a customized training program created by your location’s training team. Examples of skills learned include but are not limited to Sit, Down, Stay, Recall, Loose Leash Walking, Leave It, Place and Training Markers. This program includes at least 15 days of training, 21 nights of lodging, a one-hour departure lesson, 2 one-hour follow up lessons and a complimentary bath in the doggie spa

New Client Training Form

PLEASE NOTE, completion of this form DOES NOT GUARANTEE a training appointment for your pet. All requests are processed by a Training Specialist who will determine if space is available. Training appointments are confirmed by phone and/or by confirmation email.  Call to speak with a training specialist.

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Private Lessons

Private Dog and Puppy Training Lessons

Are you more of a “Do It Yourselfer?” Do you have only specific skills or issues with your dog that you need to address? If so, than our Private Lesson dog training options are just what you want. You tell us what you and your dog need to work on, and we will give you expert dog training skills and advice. We will tailor a personalized dog training program for you based on your goals and objectives.

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In-Home or Private Training Options

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Private Training (1 or 5 sessions): call for pricing

In-Home Private Training (1 or 5 sessions): call for pricing

Individual private lessons

New Client Training Form

PLEASE NOTE, completion of this form DOES NOT GUARANTEE a training appointment for your pet. All requests are processed by a Training Specialist who will determine if space is available. Training appointments are confirmed by phone and/or by confirmation email.  Call to speak with a training specialist.

Group Classes

Puppy 101

Puppy Group Training

6 Sessions of Group Puppy Training at Paw Commons. Our curriculum is structured with the AKC S.T.A.R Puppy program with a focus on Socialization, Training, Activity, and a Responsible owner education. At the completion of the program, your pup will test and certify for the AKC S.T.A.R Puppy certification.

Canine Good Citizen Class

7 Month & Older Dog Group Training

6 Sessions of Group Puppy Training at Paw Commons. Our curriculum is structured with the AKC Canine Good Citizen program with a focus on developing a well mannered dog in and out of the home. At the completion of the program, your pup will have the opportunity to test for the AKC Canine Good Citizen certification.

Specialty Group Class

Specialty Skill Training

Teach your pup new and fun skills such as Trick Training, Doggie Parkour, Scent Skills, Public Access, Leash Reactivity and so many more with one of our specialty skill training group classes. Check with you location’s training team for the group class calendar!

New Client Training Form

PLEASE NOTE, completion of this form DOES NOT GUARANTEE a training appointment for your pet. All requests are processed by a Training Specialist who will determine if space is available. Training appointments are confirmed by phone and/or by confirmation email.  Call to speak with a training specialist.

Man holding a dog on a leash

Arizona Dog Trainer Bios

Blake Woody, Director of Training

Blake Woody, has trained a variety of domestic and exotic animals for over 12 years. She believes that training should not be an overly complicated or daunting process, it is the small moments that make the biggest impact. She has experience training canines for service, therapy, public access, trick training, and behavior modification. Blake is a Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Blake is an Arizona native who wrangles her husband Michael and her sons Samuel and James with their two dogs; Luna, the Retriever/Corgi mix, and Brenly, a Golden Retriever.

Sam Marti, Trainer at Scottsdale

Sam Marti has been in the animal professions for 8 years. He received his start in the doggie daycare environment and fell in love it. He has an interest in studying dog behavior and body language as well as educating pet parents as well. Working in this industry has taught him patience, accountability, and most importantly, to just have fun with the dogs and roll with the punches. Sam brings this to the dogs and clients works with as well.

Julia Gilkeson, Trainer at Scottsdale

Julia Gilkeson has been training and working with dogs since 2015. She believes that training is the process of growing and fostering a better relationship with our canine companions. It’s a process built of challenges and understanding for all involved, but one that stays with us for a lifetime of adventures. Julia has experience training canines for therapy, behavior modification and companionship. She is a Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Julia is an avid reader who enjoys sharing “fun” facts and curling up with a good book with her wife and their three dogs, Missy (Australian Shepherd Mix), Alice (Australian Cattle Dog Mix), and Buffy (Cocker Spaniel and Sharpei Mix also known as a Baby Hippo).

Allison Rippy, Trainer at Gilbert

Allison Rippy has trained a large variety of canines over the course of 3 years. She believes training should be a fun simple process ranked in order of increasing challenges. She has experience with use and training of working dogs, public access, aggressive behaviors, integration and socialization. Allison is originally from Georgia, moving to Arizona after completing her enlistment in the U.S. Army. When she's not training dogs, she's fitness training or enjoying time the family.

California Dog Trainer Bios

Sarah Robins, Trainer at Encinitas

Sarah has been working with animals for the past 7 years, specifically training domestic and exotic animals (including wolves and lynx) for entertainment and production work. Sarah has experience training basic obedience, some aggression, fun behaviors (tricks) and more. One of her cats, Lilo, is a 15-year old retired show cat who Sarah used to train and perform with at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens! In addition to Lilo, Sarah also has another cat Finley, and two dogs Arlo and Roo.

Rod Knochenhauer, Trainer at Encinitas

Rod Knochenhauer has been positioned as a pet care associate for 3 years at Paw Commons. He has a deep passion for understanding dog behavior including body language and animal interactions. He strives to understand the complex interactions that dogs have within their environment, which in turn shape their behavior. Rod is looking forward to learning new techniques which will help him be a safer and more efficient trainer.

Lauren Parrish, Trainer at Bay Park

Lauren Parrish is a San Diego native who has dedicated her professional life to pet care and has recently turned to dog training as a way to better understand and communicate success to her canine best friends. She has experience working with e-collars as well as techniques used in positive reinforcement training. Her educational background in Biology has allowed her to take an analytical and scientific approach to animal behavior and she is thrilled to be able to grow and learn more within the field while at Paw Commons. She has a amazingly sweet and social pup named Rex who loves to play and accompanies her to work on a regular basis.

Karena Marrero, Trainer at Hillcrest

Karena Marrero has been training dogs and birds for almost 9 years. Positive reinforcement is key but allowing the animal to have choice and control is paramount for their success. She is originally from Orlando, FL where she shared her passion for animals with hundreds of guests at a free flight bird show. Now she lives in sunny San Diego with her two dogs, Kevyn and Russell and two guinea pigs Karl and Fred.