Dog Training in Escondido, CATaking your dog to dog training classes at K9 Resort & Spa isn't only about learning how to train your dog, it's so much more. It also means having a happy canine friend who pays attention, walks near you on or off the leash, sits when you ask him to sit, and hangs out politely while you enjoy a meal with your friends. 

What does dog training mean to the dog?  It means he has an enjoyable, interesting life in a home where he understands his role and what he needs to do to keep the good things in life coming!

K9 Resort & Spa offers many different dog training classes including both group and private. Many of our group classes are easy to register for and can be all done online.  Other classes such as Behavior Adjustment Training, (for dogs with aggression, fear, or frustration issue,) and Problem Solving require a phone conference.  Group classes are offered multiple times throughout the year and include:  Rattlesnake Avoidance Training, Therapy Dog Training, Canine Good Citizen Training and certification. We also offer puppy programs and S.T.A.R. Puppy Training in our Escondido, California facility. Feel free to contact us at any time for questions on any of our group or private dog training classes.

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Rattlesnake Avoidance (Group Class) with Penny DiLoreto Next held on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
This enrollment runs from Thu Jul 30, 2015 - Thu Jul 30, 2015

This class is for dogs 1-Year and older

Cost: $125.00

RATTLESNAKE AVOIDANCE: During the warmer months nature lovers are going for walks and hikes in our beautiful landscape. The Southern California area has its share of both venomous and non-venomous snakes. Although most humans have a natural fear of snakes the same cannot be said for our four-legged canine friends.

Our training style includes the use of rattlesnake scent, sight, sounds, "leave it" and "focus" commands all presented in a positive training format. We do not use or condone the use of shock collars for this or any other dog / puppy training class.

Please keep in mind that no training is fool proof and that training alone isn’t enough to prevent a bite, from a snake or any other wild animal. Keep your dog safe by leashing him in areas where rattlesnakes may be present. Ask your veterinarian about the rattlesnake venom vaccine. Make sure you know where the nearest emergency vet clinic that stocks rattlesnake antivenin is located whenever you go hiking or camping. If you see a rattlesnake, don’t try to approach or kill it. Never encourage a dog to attack a snake of any kind. Alter your own course to avoid the rattlesnake. Most bites occur when a snake is attacked by another animal or when it is about to be stepped on. A snake surprised in its den may also bite.

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K9 Dog Park’s Snake Avoidance Class is positive reinforcement without the use of shock collars. It is our belief that “learning should not be painful” and we have incorporated that belief into all of our training programs. Our snake avoidance program teaches dogs to avoid “all snakes” including rattlesnakes. Our program is positive but we do teach the dog to fear snakes through the uses of Sight, Sound, Scent, and Handler Correction using the “Leave-It” command.

Empirical data from our clients after taking K9 Dog Park’s snake avoidance class suggests that it is highly effective. Clients have stated that their dog, after having taken our snake avoidance class, approached a rattlesnake and the dog avoided the snake. Although this data is extremely positive, K9 Dog Park makes no guarantees that the snake avoidance training is 100% effective; this is simply the data we have received from our clients. Like all training, snake avoidance training should have ongoing reinforcement by the dog owner. We recommend that snake avoidance class be retaken on an annual basis if not reinforced regularly at home.

Class Summary:

For those considering taking snake avoidance training from K9 Dog Park, here is what you should expect.

  • The class generally lasts 1 ½ - 2 hours
  • Each dog attending must have a handler
  • Must have leash and collar or halter: No Pinch or Choke Collars allowed
  • The class begins indoor with a short video presentation to educate clients in general about:

~~~~~~Recognizing poisonous snakes indigenous to our area
~~~~~~Facts about snake bites
~~~~~~Education on venom effect on dogs
~~~~~~Education on anti-venom and what to do in the case of a bite
~~~~~~Information on snake-bite vaccinations
~~~~~~Dog habits around snakes
  • Train the client on the proper use of the “leave-it” command
  • Incorporate use of dead rattle and other snakes into the leave-it command
  • Move outdoors to locate dead & decoy snakes in the surroundings and teach avoidance
  • Incorporation of rattlesnake sounds, pneumatic snakes, dead snakes (for sight and scent), manikin snakes and electronic sound-makers in a created snake-like environment
  • Test the dog to verify that s/he has been trained and avoids snakes

• I thought the class was excellent.
• Great! I’ll be bringing my other two dogs.
• Everything was Great! Excellent!
• I thought the class was great!
• Great Job!
• A Great Class!
• About two weeks after the class I took my dog on a hike. We ran across a rattlesnake and my dog paid it no attention at all. I think the class made that possible.
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Therapy Dog with Penny DiLoreto Next held on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Mon Sep 14, 2015 - Mon Oct 19, 2015
Therapy dogs are household pets whose owners take time to visit hospitals, nursing homes, detention facilities, and rehabilitation facilities.  Therapy Dogs must:

Be good tempered, well socialized (exposed to many environments) and love to cheer others up!

THERAPY DOGS MUST BE CERTIFIED! At K9 Dog Park we partner with Therapy Dog's International for certification training and testing.  Certification provides liability insurance and temperament testing for all certified dogs.

This six-session Group Class has a total cost of only $180.00

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S.T.A.R. Puppy Class with Penny DiLoreto Next held on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Wed Sep 16, 2015 - Wed Oct 21, 2015
This training program is for "puppies" that are less than one-year old.  The AKC Socialization Training Activity Responsibility (S.T.A.R.) Puppy Program is designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start. The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program is an incentive program for loving dog owners who have taken the time to take their puppies through a basic training class.

The Benefits of training classes teach you how to best communicate with your puppy. Organized training classes also provide an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs. In classes aimed at earning the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy distinction, you’ll be able to get information on all of your puppy-raising questions including house training, chewing, and the most effective way to teach practical skills such as coming when called. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy training is a natural lead in to the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program.
This six-session Group Class has a total cost of only $180.00
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Canine Good Citizen with Penny DiLoreto Next held on Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This enrollment runs from Thu Sep 17, 2015 - Thu Oct 22, 2015
NOTE:  Dog's attending this class must be able to get along with other dogs.  Dog's with behavior issues should not attend this class but take Problem Solving or Behavior Adjustment Training as a per-requisite.
This adult dog training class for dog's 1-year and older is called Canine Good Citizen by the American Kennel Club.  The program is designed to address dog behavior issues such as; Jumping on people, not coming when called, pulling on leash, etc. At the end of this 6 week course, you and your dog will be given the CGC test (see test example below.) Upon successful completion of the CGC test, you will receive a Beautiful Certificate from the American Kennel Club (AKC).

1. Accepting a friendly stranger
2. Sitting politely for petting
3. Appearance and grooming
4. Out for a walk (walking on loose lead)
5. Walking through a crowd
6. Sit and Down on command and Staying in place
7. Coming when called
8. Reaction to other dog
9. Reaction to distraction
10. Supervised separation
This six-session Group Class has a total cost of only $180.00
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Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT)

K9 Resort & Spa's Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT) for dogs is a unique dog training system that works to teach both the dog owner and dog new habits. Dog owners are taught how to recognize the body signals that predicts unwanted behavior such as pulling on the leash, barking, growling, lunging, etc. At the same time, dogs are taught to move away from distractions before they become fearful, angry or frustrated. In essence, Behavior Adjustment Training teaches the dog how to make the “Right Choice.”

Classes are offered in private and semi-private participation in 6 week periods.

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Problem Solving Training

K9 Resort & Spa's Problem Solving Training for dogs is focused on dogs with “Bad Manners," such as Jumping Up, Leash Pulling, Excessive Barking, etc. Problem Solving Training is a 4-week program of private classes focused on “problems” as defined by the dog owner. Sessions can take place at your home, the dog park, or other venues agreed upon with our animal behaviorist-professional dog trainer to be best suited for the issues being addressed.

Classes offered in private and semi-participation in 4 week periods.

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