Basic Skills

What do we learn?

This foundation course prepares you and your dog for a long, enjoyable life together! Our instructors use motivation and consistency to achieve successful results. Skills taught include leash walking, coming when called, greeting people appropriately, and impulse control.


Dogs that are 5 months or older.


This class is $225 for six consecutive sessions {unless a break is noted}. Each session is approximately 1 hour in length. Each session will meet on the same day and time each week.

*NOTE: Dogs that are fearful, leash reactive, or not well-socialized are required to schedule at least one private lesson before joining a group class. Behaviors inappropriate for group class include lunging, cowering, growling, excessive barking and overexcitement. These behaviors require specific behavior modification that calls for one on one attention. Typically, our goal is to work with the dog and owner to reduce the behavior to a manageable level so that they may join a group class.

The Schedule
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Day Dates Time
Saturday 09/21/2019 - 10/26/2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Tuesday 10/01/2019 - 11/05/2019 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday 10/12/2019 - 11/23/2019 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 10/23/2019 - 11/27/2019 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday 10/29/2019 - 12/03/2019 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Saturday 11/09/2019 - 12/21/2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Tuesday 11/12/2019 - 12/17/2019 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
What to Bring
  • Treat Pouch
  • Buckle or Snap Collar
  • Gentle Leaders are welcome (choke/pinch collars not permitted)
  • Leash 4-6 foot long, 1/2" (no retractable leashes)
  • Kibble & Training Treats
  • Favorite Toy
  • Proof of Rabies, DHLLPP/DA2P, and Bordetella
Erica Popowitch and Austin

I’m so thankful that I went to PLD based on other reviews. This place is amazing. We have a chocolate lab puppy who is now not so much a puppy. He just graduated from Puppy I class and it was worth every early Saturday morning (not all classes are early on Saturdays) and every penny. Austin knows all basic commands and them some. Austin was also enrolled in their Puppy Preschool 2x a week. Between that and the weekly classes, the socialization he gets there is priceless! Being a lab he loves to chew on everything including our hands and ever since he has been attending, our hands are no longer his chew toy of choice! Playing with all the other dogs has taught him bite inhibition better than we ever could as humans. He now attends adult daycare twice a week. He loves going and usually doesn’t even pay attention to me when I drop him off. He comes home exhausted and even gets a report card.

I would HIGHLY recommend PLD for anyone who needs puppy training, puppy preschool or even adult doggie daycare. The Puppy I class was so good, we are planning to enroll him in the next level class.

– Erica Popowitch and Austin

Jordan Drew

In the summer of 2013, I had just adopted an 11 week old St Bernard, who was amazing, adorable, fluffy and all-around wonderful… except that she seemed to be fearfully reacting to other dogs. This was a stressful situation for a first-time puppy owner, and thank goodness a friend recommended Peace Love and Dogs! The staff were immediately concerned and attentive to my situation. My puppy went through Puppy Preschool, Puppy 1 and 2 obedience courses, as well as individual workshops focused on loose leash walking, stay and come. She even passed the Canine Good Citizen test in October! She is now 11 months old and a truly wonderful companion. Our newest addition to the family, a 6 month old St Bernard, is working on her Puppy 2 obedience class, and we can’t wait to see what’s next on the schedule.

Beyond their incredible puppy training programs, their adult-dog daycare is awesome. My pups (who are now full-fledged daycare dogs) think PLD is the best place in the world, and I do too when I get to relax at night with happily snoozing Saints at my feet! I could not imagine a better experience with dog daycare and training than I have had at Peace Love and Dogs!

– Jordan Drew

Shan Shan Wei & Lucky

They are the best in dog training and dog daycare. Different from a lot of daycare places, they have a day schedule for the dogs there. They have been trained with good behaviors and have fun with their friends. My dog loves going there every time and always has a great time there with his friends. I attended their evening training program. It was a great program. Stephanie explained to all of us dog’s behavior and how to behave them in a good way. Then everyone  practiced with their dogs and the staff was there helping us too. It was also a great family time. We love it and Lucky loves it too!

People there all have a sweet and big heart. They also help a lot to rescue abused dogs and lost dogs in the street. My dog Lucky was abused by his previous parents and rescued by PLD. She saved him and trained him so good. We feel extremely lucky we can meet her and Lucky in our life! It is definitely the BEST place for you and your dog!

– Shan Shan Wei & Lucky

Penny Spellman

Ellie & I just wanted to thank you for all your time & knowledge that you shared with us. We are already closer and happier. You are an amazing teacher!!! (and believe me… I know teachers!). We will continue to work on everything you have taught us and are looking forward to coming to play and learn more at your new facility. For dogs like Ellie and people like me… Please keep doing what your doing, because we need you. I will be sending a few dogs that I know and their owners your way… If that’s okay. Thank you so very much again!

Ever grateful.

– Penny Spellman