Don't Fear the Doorbell.

Our Philosophy

Here at A Walk In The Park, we want to offer training that is practical and science-based, so we know it works! We want to shape a well-mannered dog that will grow into a good companion.

We want you and your dog to be happy so that you have a positive and long-lasting relationship. The training services that we offer are the best way to achieve that relationship.

We offer a multi-level training class for puppies and adolescent dogs that grows with you and your puppy as soon as it is ready to start learning. We also offer individual training sessions here at the ranch as well as private in-home training as great place to start for adult dogs or dogs that have specific behavioral issues that you need help addressing.  

Our experienced trainers give helpful insight into a dog's thinking process.  We use positive reinforcement for teaching basic commands and for modifying problem behaviors.  Ongoing counseling is available to advise and address persistent challenges.

Many customers find our free Sunday dog walk events to be a great opportunity to practice good behavior.

 

To Get Started

A Walk in the Park now offers several different types of group classes, with more to come in the future. We feel that group classes offer the most benefit for you and your dog for several reasons. The greatest benefit of training in a group setting is the opportunity for socialization. This allows your dog to experience other dogs! Dogs can (and do!) learn by observation, so seeing other dogs learning and performing can help encourage your dog to follow suit. It also gives owners the opportunity to learn from each other as everyone shares their training experiences and we work together to come up with solutions to common problems that everyone can benefit from. Group classes can also be an opportunity to help teach your dog to focus on you first in the presence of other dogs, especially if they are over excited by them. Group classes can help your dog overcome shyness and become more comfortable around new dogs as well as people. Maybe your dog is one that seems to perform his basic obedience well at home but everything goes out the window when you are out and about. This makes sense as your home is a low-distraction environment. A group setting provides enough distraction to push your dog’s abilities past the home setting. Lastly, group classes offer the most bang for your buck. You will receive more hands-on time with an instructor at a less expensive rate than private instruction.

If you are interested in getting signed up for one of our training services, please start by creating an account with Gingr (here).

Please be aware that we will need current veterinary records faxed, dropped off at the ranch or uploaded through your Gingr account. This does include a current vaccination for canine flu. Sign up for the level of training service you are interested in. Make sure you fill out the training questionnaire on your dog’s Gingr profile. This will help us steer you to the right form of training.

For the multi-level training for puppies and adolescent dogs, there will be an Open Enrollment period. This means that you will be able to sign up for this service for a period of time before it closes again. Once open enrollment has closed, there will be a free orientation class for participants in all levels. At orientation, you will receive all of the introductory material so that you know what to expect from class. Once all participants attend the orientation, your first class will begin the following week. We can not refund payment once classes have started. At our discretion we can transfer credit to other training or services.

 

Package Options

Multi-Level Training for Puppies and Adolescent Dogs:
Levels 1, 2 and 3

Level 1, Puppy Socialization Seminar (age 12 weeks - 5 months) - $100:

  • Develop social skills

  • Learn to adapt to new places and situations

  • Introduction to basic obedience

Level 2, Group Class Basic Obedience for Puppies (age 3-12 months) - $225:

The next session starts on Monday June 24th from 7:00pm till 800pm, then are scheduled for the following dates: Monday July 8th, Monday July 15th, Monday July 22nd, Monday July 29th, Monday August 5th and Monday August 12th.

Starting in September we will change the format of our training classes to make it easier for everyone to attend and achieve success with the training program. Please stay tuned for updates

  • Continue developing social skills

  • Basic obedience

  • Proper leash walking

  • Introduction to fun tricks

Level 2, Group Class Basic Obedience for Adult Dogs (age 1 year and up) - $225:

The next session starts on Monday June 24th at 7:00pm till 8:00pm, then are scheduled for the following dates: Tuesday July 9th, Tuesday July 16th, Tuesday July 23rd, Tuesday July 30th, Tuesday August 6th and Tuesday August 13th.

Starting in September we will change the format of our training classes to make it easier for everyone to attend and achieve success with the training program. Please stay tuned for updates.

  • Continue developing social skills

  • Basic obedience

  • Proper leash walking

  • Introduction to fun tricks

Level 3 proofing class- $300:

  • Proofing basic obedience learned in Level 2

  • Continue developing social skills

  • Learn new skills to keep your dog mentally and physically challenged

Level 3 classes are scheduled for the following dates:

Classes start on Thursday May 2nd from 7pm till 8pm, then are scheduled for the following dates: Thursday May 9th from 7pm till 8pm, Thursday May 16th from 7pm till 8pm, Thursday May 23rd from 7pm till 8pm, Thursday May 30th from 7pm till 8pm, Thursday June 6th from 7pm till 8pm and June 13th from 7pm till 8pm.

The next session will start on Thursday June 20th from 7pm till 8pm, then are Thursday June 27th from 7pm till 8pm, Thursday July 11th from 7pm till 8pm, Thursday July 18th from 7pm till 8pm, Thursday July 25th from 7pm till 8pm, Thursday August 1st from 7pm till 8pm and Thursday August 8th from 7pm till 8pm.

 

Leash Walking Clinic - $100

This one day clinic will help participants gain an understanding of how to deal with issues they may be experiencing while walking their dog. These issues may include inattention, pulling or barking. We will show how to teach the dog by approximating the training and creating a positive association with the experience. Participants will learn to recognize triggers that cause their dog to pull and bark and through application of these training methods, dogs will no longer be triggered by them because they learn that there is more value in placing their attention on their owner than on those triggers.

Clinics are scheduled for the following dates: Saturday April 27th from 11:30am till 1:30pm, Saturday May 11th from 11:30am till 1:30pm, Saturday June 15th from 11:30am till 1:30pm, Saturday July 27th from 11:30am till 1:30pm, Saturday August 24th from 11:30am till 1:30pm, Saturday September 21st from 11:30am till 1:30pm and October 12th from 11:30am till 1:30pm

Target Training Clinic - $130

Target training is a beneficial way to train your dog for several reasons. It can give you a foundation for communication for further training as it sets up a model that your training sessions will follow. This training model becomes its own form of communication between you and your dog. Basic targeting is a simple action that your dog can easily achieve so it can help an unmotivated dog experience success and motivate him to continue. Similarly, it can help a shy dog build confidence and draw him out of his shell. Target training can help develop better communication between all family members and can also train many other behaviors in the future. As with all positive training, it can help build a strong relationship between you and your dog. Even if you have a fearful dog, target training can help because it offers less direct contact that you can develop slowly over time.

This one day clinic will be held on the following dates: Saturday April 27th from 2pm till 4pm, Saturday May 11th from 2pm till 4pm and Saturday June 15th from 2pm till 4pm, Saturday July 27th from 2pm till 4pm and August 24th from 2pm till 4pm

Private Lessons

Please contact us if you are in need of private instruction. We offer private training on a limited, case by case basis. We will help you determine what your dog’s needs are and which of our services will best meet those needs.

Puppy Daycare Package - $200

5 days of daycare (to be scheduled within a 14 day period) each with ½ of onsite basic training. This can help you when you are already training basic obedience and want to keep conditioning good habits in your pup. We will practice the basic obedience cues through short, fun sessions spread out during your pups stay. This service is for puppies 12 weeks till 6 months only.

 

Grooming Readiness Package for Puppies - $100-$150
(price based on size of dog)

Grooming can be a stressful experience if it isn’t approached properly. We want your puppy to enjoy coming here for grooming! Our grooming practices focus on positive experiences so that your puppy has a more enjoyable experience and therefore, a high-quality groom. This package offers 4 visits in which we start with an easy service and add services each visit until your puppy is ready for a full groom. Dog sizes: under 15 lbs -$100, 15-35lbs - $120, 35-55lbs - $130, 55+lbs - $150

  • 1st visit: Brush-out

  • 2nd visit: Brush-out + Bath

  • 3rd visit: Brush-out + Bath + Nail trim

  • 4th visit: Brush-out + Bath + Nail trim + Coat Clip

 

Rates

Multi-Level Classes for Puppies and Adolescent Dogs

  • Level 1 - $100

  • Level 2 - $225

  • Level 3 - $225

Individual Training – $250
Three (3) 45-minute sessions with 1 follow up session at the ranch

At-Home Training – $350
Three (3) 45-minute sessions with 1 follow up session

Puppy Daycare package - $200
5 days of daycare plus ½ hour of training each day

Grooming Readiness Package for Puppies - $100-$150
4 grooming visits designed to help your puppy prepare for regular grooming services.

Dog sizes:

  • Under 15lbs - $100

  • 15-35lbs - $120

  • 35-55lbs - $130

  • 55+lbs - $150

 

 
 

Apply for Training Services

To enroll for training, you will need to register your pup through an app called Gingr. Get started today!

 
 

 

What Our Pup Parents Have to Say

 
 

Dirk provided invaluable training...

"Lucky for us we met Dirk 10 years ago when our Henry was just a puppy. Dirk provided invaluable training for our family AND our dog. Dirk has been extremely reliable and a pleasure to work with. Highly recommend!"

— Peggy Herman

Dirk has made such a difference...

“Dirk has made such a difference in Loki. People are amazed with the difference in his behavior. He loves going there and we love that he plays all day and isn't in a kennel at night. We would highly recommend AWITP!”

— Jen Carpenter