Training Methods that Feature:

  • Extensive Puppy Programs

  • Group & Private Lessons Available

  • Positive Training Methods

Training Department at VCA Family Pet Resort

As Trainers, we focus on teaching serious life skills as playfully as possible!  All our training is backed by a deeper understanding of dog psychology and canine behavior to help achieve a calm and well-behaved family adult dog.  We train in games that address multiple concepts, layering tasks so that the time you spend with your pup will be fun and engaging, while learning life skills. Our goal is to make training a fun, positive and encouraging experience for your pup, so that they look forward to doing each day, achieving the highest training results! 

Puppy Daycare

Age Requirements: 
10 weeks old to 6 months old

Vaccine Requirements:
We require a minimum of 2 rounds of DHPP & 1 Round of Bordetella to START the program. We also require a clear fecal test.

Full Vaccine Requirements:
Rabies; DHPP Combination- Distemper, Adenovirus, Hepatitis, Parvo, Para-influenza; Bordetella; Bivalent Influenza (H3N2/H3N8); Flea and Tick Preventative

We highly recommend:
Leptospirosis
Lyme

Puppy Day Care is held Monday - Friday at VCA Wellington & Family Pet Resort from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. This is separate from our group play day care program. All puppies play, rest and interact in a separate space from adult dogs for health and safety reasons. Our Puppy Day Care is a more intimate, slower paced program to help the developing puppy brain. We have a heavy focus on puppy developmental stages: socialization period, fear impact period, juvenile period, and adolescent period. We place our puppies with adolescent and adult dog’s who have graduated from our training programs. These are select dogs who are able to teach puppies how to safely and appropriately play.

Once your dog graduates from Puppy Day Care, they are welcome to attend our adult group play! They will need to schedule an evaluation prior to joining our Adult group.

This program does NOT include teaching training skills like sit, down, leash manners, leave it, drop etc. Our Puppy Prep Training Program runs alongside our Puppy Day Care. If you prefer our Trainers work with your pup on training skills, you will be charged accordingly along with given homework.

Pricing: $41 per day

Enrichment Day Care

Our Enrichment Day Care builds on genetically predisposed behaviors in a positive way. We challenge natural drives such as: chasing, sniffing, carrying objects, chewing, herding, climbing, and more. By challenging these natural behaviors we help curb destructive or maladaptive behaviors such as chewing furniture, destroying objects, jumping and more. Each enrichment activity is designed to provide an engaging, natural outlet while working on your dog’s physical and mental needs.

This program is appropriate for dogs who prefer the presence of humans only, smaller groups of dogs or who get overstimulated in larger group settings.

This includes 3 enrichment session, a lunch break during the day. Enrichment sessions can include small group play, fitness aand agility, massage, nose work, chase games, herding games and more. We also use FitPAWS® and Blue-9™ equipment designed to tone up your dog’s body, increase core strength, stabilize weak areas, improve body awareness, coordination, range of motion, confidence, our bond with your dog, and more. Our Certified Canine Conditioning Specialist also offers canine massage. This helps promote softer, more glossy coats. While relaxing pets to calm hyperactivity.

Vaccine Requirements:
Rabies DHPP Combination- Distemper, Adenovirus, Hepatitis, Parvo, Parainfluenza Bordetella Bivalent Influenza (H3N2/H3N8) Flea and Tick Preventative

Cost: $41

Consultation Session

The first step to scheduling would be a Consultation Session. This would be held at our facility in Newtown Square 3921 Miller Road, Newtown Square, PA, 19073. It is an hour-long session with the dog and owners, designed to better understand your dog, family and overall training goals. During this session, we will teach you about canine behavior, why your dog does what it does, and how to prevent & manage behavioral concerns. Afterwards, we will prepare a full training plan tailored to your dog and send it to you via email.

This session is a requirement for all new clients and is $175.

We offer the following training services after the consult:

Private Lessons 

One-on-one lesson with pet owner and family

30 minutes - $65
60 minutes - $125

Group Classes

2 to 6 dogs, 1 hour classes held weekly

Price varies based on class type. Class will begin with a 10-minute warm up session, during which the trainer will greet and briefly check over each puppy. The main body of the class will focus on training goals appropriate to the dogs, and then finish with a cool down session, just like a gym class! All of our classes are "Drop In" which means you pay per class and can come to as many classes as you would like.

What to bring to group class:
Your dog; a leash, harness or collar; 200 dog treats; a treat pouch—we love this brand, Petsafe Treat Pouch; and your dog's favorite toy.

Basic & Advanced Obedience
Saturday, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: $65 per class, per dog
Perfect for dogs and owners who want to work on distance, duration and distraction skills. We have a new concept and skill list each week. A consultation session is required.

Baby Prep 101 Class
Monday, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm & Wednesday, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cost: $45 per class, per dog
Expecting a tiny human? Live with tiny humans? Just want your pup exposed to all things, tiny kiddos? This is the class for you! We will focus on positive interactions with cribs, strollers, bikes, toys, loud sounds, feeding time, handling skills, leash manners, management techniques and more. We do NOT require a consultation session for this class, but we do expect your dog to be able to work in the presence of other dogs.

Puppy Prep 101 Class
Wednesday, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Saturday, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: $65 per class per dog
$20 for puppies enrolled in our weekly puppy prep program
Learn the basics in a fun twist! Work on engagement with your pet while around other puppies! Discussion and hands on skills for things like potty training, teething, nipping, play management and more!

Nose Work Class
Monday, 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Cost: $35 per class, per dog
Have a dog that loves to sniff? A pup that can’t keep their nose off the ground? Imprinting and teaching them to find odor is a fantastic way to work their brains by meeting biological needs! We imprint on Clove, Birch, Anise, Cypress.

Day Training
30 minutes - $45
30-minute training sessions without the owner present while your dog is boarding or in day care at VCA Wellington. Focusing on agility, nose work and or training sessions!

Puppy Prep Program
Cost: $75.25 per day (includes day care and training fee)
For all puppies 9 weeks or older! This is a 12-week program including day care and training three times a week, held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at VCA Wellington. This includes three training sessions, lunch break and three group play sessions. We also offer the program 1-3 days a week; however, pups get the biggest benefit coming all three days a week. School starts at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm. Pups are welcome here 7:00 am - 6:45 pm.

Forms

VCA Family Pet Resort offers our training forms online so you can conveniently complete them in your own home or office. Simply download the form, fill it out digitally, and send the completed form to [email protected] If you'd prefer, you can print it out and bring it in with you too. We look forward to visiting with you and meeting your dog training needs.

Training Inquiry/Pre-Consultation Questionnaire
Training Services Agreement

For current pricing, schedule and availability, please call (610) 325-7297 and leave your contact information OR fill out the Training Inquiry/Pre-Consultation Questionnaire and send it to [email protected]

 

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