Training

Welcome to Pinnacle Pets Training!

Our experienced trainer, Lindsay, is ready and happy to work with your pup on learning a variety of new commands, tricks, and eliminating any undesirable behaviors such as jumping, pulling on a leash, barking etc. Our trainer will work with your pup to create a strong bond of trust and respect through positive reinforcement.

Pinnacle Pets will offer four main training routes for our guests:

  • Daycare/Day Boarding Addons
  • Board and Train Program
  • Private Lessons
    • In-Facility
    • In-Home
  • Group Classes

Initial Training Evaluation

Owners interested in dog training will start with a 30- minute Training Evaluation with Lindsay, our Trainer, to create a program that will work best for you and your dog’s needs.

Pet parents will meet with the trainer to:

  • Discuss training goals
  • Determine the best training route based on training goals
  • Develop a timeline with milestones to mark achievements
  • Discuss the cost of an individualized training program

Learning with Lindsay – Training Addons for Daycare/Day Boarding Reservations

Learning with Lindsay is a small 30-minute session conducted while your dog is already here for other services like daycare or day boarding. These lessons are quick and easy ways to learn simple behaviors or reinforce good behaviors by keeping up with the training structure

  • Discouraging jumping
  • Loose Leash Walking
  • Basic commands: sit, stay, come
  • “Leave it” command
  • And so much more!

This can be scheduled most days, but for best results, a regular training schedule is recommended.

Board & Train Program

Our Board & Train option provides two 30-minute training sessions per day for a lesser rate than addon options for daycare/day boarding.

The Board & Train is perfect for dogs already staying with us for six or more days and you, and your dog, will benefit from training this way:

  • Board & Train allows your pup to fully immerse in the training program, providing faster and more effective results.
  • When they are not directly working with the trainer in one of their sessions per day, the staff working with them for regular boarding activities will be part of the training team and help reinforce the desired behaviors.
  • You will receive nightly feedback with pictures/videos from our trainer to discuss each day’s achievements.
  • The Board & Train program will include a 60-minute meeting with you at the end of their stay to go over their learned behaviors and how you can continue reinforcing what they learned, at home.
  • We will continue communication for at least a few weeks to ensure everything is going smoothly and help troubleshoot any hurdles.
  • Following a Board & Train program, you are also eligible for discounted rates on Private and Group lessons!

Private Lessons

Private Lessons are one-on-one sessions with you, your dog, and our trainer. We can work on a variety of different behaviors in lessons that are tailored specifically to your dog’s needs. Private Lessons are a great way to pinpoint specific areas of focus and help you continue teaching at home. Lessons last for one hour and are held every 1-2 weeks. Discounts on packages are available.

In-Home Private Lessons 

We understand that some behaviors and reactions can’t be properly replicated at our facility. We now offer in-home training lessons to help you, and your family, fix troublesome behaviors and concerns right where they happen.

For more information regarding our training program, see our Frequently Asked Training Questions or contact us today!

Testimonials

I am writing in regards to Lindsay Summers and her amazing work with my rescue dog, Freddie Furcury. Initially, I had hoped to enroll Freddie in doggie daycare. Unfortunately, I had discovered that Freddie was highly reactive and was unable to be socialized with groups of dogs. He was also extremely toy and food aggressive, which was an issue with my housemate’s dog. My sister Erin recommended Pinnacle Pets & Play highly since she already had her dog enrolled there. As I feared, Freddie failed his daycare evaluation at Pinnacle due to his reactive nature with other dogs. However, it was recommended that I try working with Lindsay on some of Freddie’s behaviors. Where other groups turned him away, Lindsay and the staff at Pinnacle were immediately optimistic and extremely positive that they could help Freddie. He began day-boarding and training with Lindsay twice a week. Lindsay started with basic commands so she could assess his general temperament. She discovered that Freddie is extremely food motivated, so she used treats as focus mechanisms and for positive reinforcement. Freddie showed quick progress with Lindsay’s skill and guidance. One of the many benefits of working with Lindsay and the staff at Pinnacle is that I received written report cards from day-boarding and videos of Lindsay’s training sessions with Freddie. Lindsay’s commitment to Freddie’s well-being is genuine and unparalleled. She is highly communicative and would always answer my questions and offer honest advice. Within just a few weeks, Freddie’s reactive nature had diminished profoundly. He no longer tussled with my housemate’s dog over toys and would be more attentive to my own commands regarding being patient with food. I personally benefited from the private training sessions with Lindsay so that I could continue his training at home with positive results.

Over the next several weeks, Lindsay worked with Freddie on his reactivity with toys and leash walking skills. Again, the results were immediate and fantastic. You could tell Freddie’s general level of comfort was benefiting immensely because of Lindsay. She then moved on to introducing Freddie to individual dogs to assess his reactivity and help him feel safe and sociable. Freddie may not ever be able to be in large groups dogs, but the work Lindsay has done with him has allowed him to process his reactivity in more healthy and safe ways. I am beyond grateful for what Lindsay has done for Freddie. Her compassion and professionalism cannot be measured, and I feel like I am more attentive and constructive dog owner because of her.” – Kevin J.

When Lily developed eye allergies, we found ourselves with two adults chasing down and wrestling a dog half our size to give her eye drops. She was terrified and it wasn’t safe for any of us. Lily goes to Pinnacle for daycare twice a week so we reached out to Lindsay to see if she had any ideas.

When we met with her, she was excited to help us develop a plan to get Lily more comfortable with her eye drops even though it wasn’t a typical training request. She was open about the fact that this would be a process and we were all going to have to work with Lily gave us to find a solution. We started with some counterconditioning (and lots of hot dogs) to reduce Lily’s fear of the eye drops and also introduced a target command which became her one of her favorite games. We were eventually able to take both things and coach Lily to put her chin in our hand and hold it there while we put her drops in her eyes. We still use mini-sessions where we practice the behavior without the drops and with lots of treats to keep it fun for her.

Lindsay kept the daycare staff in the loop so they could help reinforce the behaviors and didn’t hesitate to pull her out and work with her for a few minutes here and there when she was able. More importantly, she let Lily lead the way – everything we did was about reducing her fear and making it fun for her. We never pushed her beyond what she was comfortable with and Lindsay worked with the behaviors Lily gave us and helped mold that into something that would allow us to safely medicate her. Even though we’re no longer actively working with Lindsay, she still engages with Lily in daycare and even uses her to help in training exercises when it’s a good fit. She knows and loves our dog and we won’t hesitate to reach out to her again if we should need it.” – Kim S.

“Our family has had a wonderful experience at Pinnacle Pets over the past six months. We were desperately looking around for a trainer for our out-of-control labradoodle. We were not pleased with the results that we were receiving with another trainer and were actually turned down by a few other trainers that had been recommended.

I called Pinnacle Pets and learned that they in fact had a trainer that would work with us. Lindsay, made a commitment on Day 1 that she would be able to help turn things around. It’s been a lot of work but we are seeing great improvements.

Lindsay has been very committed and goes above and beyond – checking-in with us to see how Charley is doing and has worked with the day care staff on how to handle Charley to reinforce the training. With the combination of Lindsay’s work and Charley’s time spent at daycare – she is behaving better each and every day! We still have work to do – however, we are 100% confident that we found the right trainer and facility!

Pinnacle Pets has become Charley’s home away from home 🙂 And, Lindsay just might be her favorite human!!” – Julie C.