VIP Dog Training Solutions

Training is the best way to establish a leadership role with your dog. A good leader gives clear and decisive information, instruction and direction. At VIP, our trainers are committed to teaching you how to become the BEST leader you can be. Our training methods are fun and easy to follow. We take a no-nonsense positive approach to help build the relationship you want between you and your dog.

The following types of training are offered at our indoor air-conditioned facility – click on each link for descriptions:

Daycare Training is the option for you if you wish to have your dog enjoy our open-play indoor daycare environment in-between multiple daily training sessions and do not wish to part with your dog overnight. Daily drop-off and pick-up of your dog is a requirement of this type of training. VIP daycare training programs are customized to fit your dog’s training needs and include a minimum of one follow-up lesson with you and your trained dog to show you the training that has been established and how to maintain your dog’s training.

Boarding Training gives you the opportunity to have your dog obedience-trained (or have commands reinforced or some behavioral issues addressed) while a guest at the VIP indoor, open-play boarding facility. Our trainers will work with you to design a training program for your dog’s stay. Our customized boarding training programs include at least one follow-up lesson.

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Private instruction may be a good option for you when life is too busy to attend group clinics or classes. Also, some behavioral problems or unwanted behaviors can best be resolved when they are addressed in the environment in which they occur. Our experienced VIP trainers will work around your schedule at a time that is convenient for you. Each private lesson is approximately one hour. Individual lessons as well as lesson packages are available.

At Your Home: If you prefer the privacy and comfort of learning in your own home, private lessons are for you. Our trainers come to you. We train your dog and teach you how to reinforce the commands and wanted behavior. Each private lesson is approximately one hour.

At VIP: Sometimes you need to be away from home to focus on the task at hand. Come to VIP to work one-on-one with our trainers to develop your pet’s good manners.

Behavioral Problems such as Housebreaking issues, Jumping on people, Pulling on leash, Mouthing, Excessive Barking, Separation Anxiety, Digging as well as Aggression issues can be addressed through In-Facility Training and/or Private Lessons — our trainers will work with you to determine your best course of action.

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Course Classes at VIP offer the opportunity for you to learn how to help your dog develop good manners by following a course agenda within a personal class format that includes daycare socialization. Start anytime — we are ready when you are! The following Course Classes are offered at our indoor air-conditioned facility – click on each link for descriptions

Puppy & S.T.A.R. Puppy Packs

Puppy Pack at VIP (Limited to 2- to 5-month old puppies)

  • Two one-hour classes: Addressing Puppy Behaviors & Beginning Obedience Exercises: Come, Sit, Down, Introduction to Leash Walking
  • One first-time introductory day of puppy room daycare (socialization)
  • Discount  for Private Housebreaking  Lesson
  • Discount  for next course

S.T.A.R. Puppy Pack at VIP (Limited to 2- to 5-month old puppies)

  • Four half-hour classes: Addressing Puppy Behaviors & Beginning Obedience Exercises: Come, Sit, Down, Over (handling, grooming), Introduction to Leash Walking, Drop It
  • Three days of puppy room daycare (socialization) with AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluation
  • Discount for Private Housebreaking  Lesson
  • Discount for next course

Based on the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program, you and your young puppy (two through five months) engage in exercises incorporating touch (petting/handling/grooming), beginning obedience (Come, Sit, Down, Drop It, Leash Walking), and environmental experiences including distractions and socialization with people and other pups. Typical puppy behaviors (like housetraining, jumping, mouthing, etc.) as well as ownership responsibilities are also addressed. (Open to all canine pups, not just purebreds.)

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FUNdamental Packs

FUNdamental Pack I at VIP (Limited to 5-month old puppies to adult dogs)

  • Two one-hour classes: Addressing Unwanted Behaviors & Basic Obedience Exercises: Come, Sit, Down, Introduction to Leash Walking, Drop It
  • One first-time introductory day of daycare play
  • Discount for Private  Housebreaking  Lesson
  • Discount for next course

FUNdamental Pack II at VIP (Prerequisite: S.T.A.R. Puppy Pack –or–  FUNdamental Pack I  –or– demonstrable equivalent)

  • Three one-hour classes: Addressing Unwanted  Behavior & Basic Obedience Exercises
  • Review of Come, Sit, & Down; Down Stay, Let’s Go (Leash Walking) with Wait, Leave It, Say Hello (On-Leash Greeting)
  • Discount  for next course

Presented in a series of five classes for you and your older puppy (five months and older) or adult dog, these FUNdamental Course Classes cover simple and effective exercises to teach the basic commands as well as to learn Walking on a Loose Leash. Unwanted behaviors such as jumping on people or furniture, pulling while on leash, excessive barking, and any other behavioral issue you have a question about may be brought to class for discussion and solutions.

Have fun with your pooch learning, teaching, and establishing the solid foundation for good canine manners!

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Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep Packs

CGC Prep Packs at VIP (Prerequisite: VIP FUNdamental Obedience (I & II) or demonstable equivalent)

Review of and Training Assistance for the ten items of the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program:

  • Accepting a friendly stranger
  • Sitting politely for petting
  • Appearance and grooming
  • Out for a walk
  • Walking through a crowd
  • Sit and Down & Staying in place
  • Coming when called
  • Reaction to another dog
  • Reaction to distraction
  • Supervised separation

please note that you will have a:

  • Choice of Two one-hour classes or Three one-hour classes
  • Free Official Test given by AKC-approved Evaluator
  • Discount for next course

CGC-A Prep Packs at VIP (Prerequisite: CGC Cetificate)

Review of and Training Assistance for the ten items of the AKC Community Canine Program (CGC-Advanced):   

  • Stand, Sit, or Down & Wait
  • Loose Leash Walk in Public
  • Walk through Public Crowd
  • Walk past distraction dogs
  • Sit-stay in persons-&-dogs group
  • Carrying-item approach & pet
  • Leave it (food)
  • Down or Sit Stay at distance
  • Recall with distractions
  • On-Leash controlled enter/exit

please note that you will have a:

  • Choice of Two one-hour classes or Three one-hour classes
  • Free Official Test given by AKC-approved Evaluator
  • Complimentary VIP Training Support during Daycare or Boarding Stay the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen* program.

*The CGC (Canine Good Citizen) award process is open to all dogs, not just purebreds. It certifies that your dog is a good citizen as defined by AKC standards. Begining January 2013, the owner has the option of choosing this award to be an official AKC (American Kennel Club) title, which means that CGC can be listed on a dog’s record and the owner may use the suffix “CGC” after the dog’s name.

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Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy
Canine Good Citizen
Canine Good Citizen
AKC Community Canine
AKC Community Canine

American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen Program

The Canine Good Citizen Program provides a comprehensive three-level training program for you and your dog with the intent of training dogs “from puppies to the community.”   VIP Training offers Course Classes that can help you develop your S.T.A.R. Puppy , Canine Good Citizen  and  Community Canine .

The twenty steps to success of the AKC S. T. A. R. Puppy Program Level

OWNER BEHAVIORS

  1. Maintains puppy’s health (vaccines, exams, appears healthy
  2. Receives  Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge
  3. Describes adequate daily play and exercise plan
  4. Attend at least 6 classes by an AKC-approved Evaluator
  5. Brings bags for puppy clean up
  6. Obtained some form of puppy ID;

PUPPY BEHAVIORS

  1. Free of aggression toward people
  2. Free of aggression toward other puppies
  3. Tolerates collar or harness
  4. Owner can hug or hold puppy
  5. Puppy allows owner to take away treat or toy

 

Pre-CGC BEHAVIORS

  1. Allows petting by another person (not owner)
  2. Grooming/Handling
  3. Walks on Leash
  4. Walks on Leash past other people
  5. Sit on command
  6. Down on command
  7. Come(Recall) to owner
  8. Reaction to distractions
  9. Supervised Separation

 

The ten items of the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program Level:

  1.  Accepting a friendly stranger
  2. Sitting politely for petting
  3. Appearance and grooming
  4. Out for a walk
  5. Walking through a crowd
  6. Sit and Down & Staying in place
  7. Coming when called
  8. Reaction to another dog
  9. Reaction to distraction
  10. Supervised separation

 

The ten items of the AKC Community Canine (CGC-Advanced) Program Level:

  1. Stand, Sit, or Down & Wait
  2. Loose Leash Walk in Public
  3. Walk through Public Crowd
  4. Walk past distraction dogs
  5. Sit-stay in persons-&-dogs group
  6. Carrying-item approach & pet
  7. Leave it (food)
  8. Down or Sit Stay at distance
  9. Recall with distractions
  10. On-Leash controlled enter/exit

 

*The CGC (Canine Good Citizen) award process is open to all dogs, not just purebreds. It certifies that your dog is a good citizen as defined by AKC standards. Begining January 2013, the owner has the option of choosing this award to be an official AKC (American Kennel Club) title, which means that CGC can be listed on a dog’s record and the owner may use the suffix “CGC” after the dog’s name.

From AKC website regarding legislation, 42 States have passed Canine Good Citizen resolutions, Florida being one of them. (House Resolution 2521)

Unlike laws, resolutions have no enforcement power, but they can be used as a great vehicle for educating legislators.  The resolutions signify an endorsement of the AKC CGC program at the state level.   The support provided by the state legislatures that have endorsed the program clearly demonstrates that CGC is becoming increasingly accepted as the nationwide gold standard in basic training.  Practicing responsible dog ownership is the best way to combat restrictive dog legislation and ensure that reasonable ordinances are proposed in every community.  Additionally, police and animal control agencies use CGC for dealing with dog problems in communities; therapy dog groups use CGC as a partial screening tool; and some 4-H groups around the country have been using the CGC as a beginning dog training program for children.

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Training Clinics

Dog Training Clinics & Games

Drop-In with your canine partner & Tune-Up your training fundamentals with fundamental exercises and positive-reinforcement games

  • First Saturday = Come when called (Recall) and Sit
  • Second Saturday = Sit and Down
  • Third Saturday = Down Stay
  • Fourth Saturday = Loose Leash Walking and Wait

Attend one Saturday session or attend them all — pay as you go. Up-to-date vaccination record and registration required before day of clinic. Space is Limited — Call 561.512.3901 for registration information.

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Exclusively for VIP Training clients, this unique support program helps to maintain the education of a VIP-trained dog. A Training Support session is given by an experienced trainer to check specific training issues and provide training support in order to assist you with the continuation of established VIP Training.

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