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Atlanta Dog Trainer’s Vocational School for Professional Dog Obedience Trainers. 

What you will learn:  All training is hands on with a variety of dogs, mix breeds, breed specifics all with behavioral issues.  The students work directly with the dogs to learn hands on solutions!

In our dog training school for Professional Dog Obedience Trainers you will learn the process of how to teach:

  • Desensitization to sounds, especially for sensitive and over-reactive dogs: door bells, motorcycles, trucks, fire crackers, thunder and other sounds that can trigger aggressive behavior.
  • Desensitization to kids and adults (if the dog has human or fear induced aggression, lack of socialization as puppies to children, fearful of men and or does not have coping skills to deal with normal situations).
  • Confidence building exercises for fearful behaviors and dogs that lack confidence (dogs that seem to be over-reactive to normal situations or any change in their surroundings).
  • Confidence and socialization exercises with positive training tools to teach dogs with low nerve thresholds.
  • The process of lowering the intensity of the aggressive behavior until it is extinguished (by using positive behavioral tools, re-socialization and obedience training as a core for the rehabilitation process).
  • The full obedience regime: basic through off-leash dog obedience training. We teach how to be the leader in all situations and excitement levels.
  • Intermediate dog agility training with novice level trials sequences and speed.

Level 1 Course- January 8th 2016

Our classes are small and very individualized only 5-7 students MAX!
Saturday 9am-3pm & Sunday 9am-3pm

School for Professional Dog Trainers’ full dog obedience training curriculum including the following:

Level One topics covered in the 8 weeks for $2,500 is:

  • Sit, down, come, release commands.
  • “Sit” and “Stay” in distractions.
  • 1 minute sit in high distractions.
  • “Stay” in distractions.
  • 3 minute down in distractions.
  • Effective ways to socialize your puppy or older dog.
  • “Wait” inside a car so they do not bolt out of the car.
  • “Wait” in a doorway.
  • “Drop” drop any and all things you ask them to.
  • Leave it.
  • House breaking
  • Bite in inhibition
  • Walking on a loose leash (no pulling).
  • “Off” meaning do not jump on me or anyone else.
  • “Sit in excitement” the dog must listen to handler when they are excited and/or in high drive.
  • We teach the dog that their name means “come to me”.
  • “Come” as an emergency command.
  • Non verbal “come command” with a sound association.
  • 3 tools to get a dog to come to handler.
  • How to do assessments, evaluating clients’ pet dogs and shelter dogs
  • Digging.
  • Dog training learning theory.
  • How dogs learn.
  • How to manage and teach group classes.
  • Private and in home lessons.
  • How to mark behaviors successfully.
  • Shaping dog behaviors, chaining and targeting.
  • Learning how to use training cues.
  • Behavioral solutions.
  • Conditioning behaviors.
  • Puppy training and manners.

The course focus is to become a leader, maintain leadership during high excitement and teaching how to be a leader to clients and their dogs.

Level 2 Course Spring 2016

Our classes are small and very individualized only 5-7 students MAX!

Saturday 9am-3pm & Sunday 9am-3pm

School for Professional Dog Trainers curriculum’s obedience and behavioral:

Level Two topics covered in the 8 weeks for $2,500 is:

  • Full intermediate obedience regime
  • How to manage and teach larger group classes.
  • How to do assessments and evaluating clients’ pet dogs and shelter dogs with reactivity/aggression issues
  • Dog aggression management with counter conditioning solutions.
  • Addressing fear aggression, separation anxiety, phobic behavior
  • Leash aggression, dominance aggression, territorial aggression and predatory behavior.
  • Basic dog agility training.
  • Client training.
  • Clicker training basic levels for dogs, cats and birds.
  • Private and in-home lessons.
  • Dog training addressing different personalities in humans and dogs.
  • Warning signals and emotional changes in dogs.
  • Counter conditioning for stress management.
  • Learning dog obedience training as a method to counter condition fear-based issues
  • Trick training.
  • Evaluating clients’ pet dogs and shelter dogs
  • Pet safety and first aid
  • Fronts & Finishes – First calling your dog to you. They will sit directly in front of you, and then they will go behind you to sit on your left side. This is all one command.
  • Precision Heel. Sit when you stop. Turn left and right staying in proper position.
  • 3–5 minute “sit” in distractions with toys being thrown past the dogs: food distractions, kids and dogs running by, during which the dog maintains his long sit for [3-5 minutes].
  • 6–10 minute “down” in distractions, same as above, but with the dog in a down position.
  • 10–15 “place” command in high distractions. Dogs cannot get off the place bed until commanded, no matter what is going on around them. This includes running, playing dogs.
  • Down in motion: Walking fast and commanding a “down”, the dog must follow the command and “down”. You immediately keep walking. The dog must remains in position.
  • Sit in motion: Walking fast and giving the “sit” command, your dog will stay in position while you walk away quickly.
  • Starting out of sight commands: This means dog must stay in position even if you are out of their sight and a distance away from you.
  • Starting “off leash heeling” and “off leash basic commands”.
  • Back up. Dogs must know how to back up if you need them to, particularly in tight quarters.
  • Sit in very high excitement. We will build the dogs drive up and then give them a command one time. They must be in command and IN control in less than 1 second.

Level 3 Summer 2016

Our classes are small and very individualized only 5-7 students MAX!
Saturday 9am-3pm & Sunday 9am-3pm

Advanced curriculum, Advanced behavioral, and severe dog aggression management and training for phobic and fear based behaviors

Level Three topics covered in the 8 weeks for $2,500 is:

  • Full advanced obedience regime complete off leash training. All the commands in basic and intermediate obedience training will be taught with the dog off the leash and in high distractions.
  • Raising a puppy for advanced off leash training at a early age.
  • Competition obedience.
  • Multiple solutions for severe and hard to define behavioral issues: thunder phobia, object and sound reactivity, dogs under extreme stress.
  • Rehabilitation of shelter dogs.
  • Severe dog aggression cases and management. Evaluations with veterinarians and rescue groups.
  • Tracking.
  • Dock Diving beginners
  • Special odor detection.
  • Therapy dog training and setting up the evaluation with Delta for therapy dog certification.
  • Retrieving training, enhancing ball drive and chase drive for competition field training.
  • Breed Selection–learn how to do consultations to help families choose the right dog for their life style.
  • Learn how to address all types of aggression from fear to dominance, territorial, dog to dog aggression, prey, lack of social skills, trauma induced and aggression towards kids or adults.
  • Severe dog aggression management and training for phobic and fear based behaviors.


  • The use of course instructional information, books, training equipment and multiple dogs for training purposes are included in the tuition for each level course.
  • Atlanta Dog Trainer’s for Professional Dog Trainers has flexible hours and course start dates.
  • All classes are hands on training with professional dog trainers with years of experience and a plethora of certifications.
  • Please call Susie Aga 770-754-9178 to set up a consultation.

Atlanta Dog Trainer Pet Resort location: 5660 Howard Rd. Cumming, GA 30040 | Atlanta Dog Trainer Dog Daycare is located at 12900 Freemanville Road Alpharetta, GA 30004 | Dog Agility Training location is in Alpharetta next to Milton High School.

Dog Obedience Training Services are available in the following Georgia cities:
Acworth, Allatoona, Alpharetta, Atlanta, Buckhead, Canton, Crabapple, Cumming, Dawsonville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Gainesville, Hickory Flat, Marietta, Midtown Atlanta, Milton, Northlake, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Towne Lake, Vinings and Woodstock, Georgia surrounding areas.

Services are also available in the following counties: Cobb, Fulton, Forsyth, Cherokee and Gwinnett County Ga.

  • Atlanta Dog Trainer Phone: 770-754-9178 | Email:
  • Freemanville Phone: 770-714-9877 | 12900 Freemanville Road Alpharetta GA 30004