Training Classes & Workshops

A dog who responds to you, walks with you and waits patiently for you is a pleasure to be with. At Metro Dog’s training classes, it is our goal to foster a successful learning relationship between you and your dog. We teach your dog to love to learn and we teach you how to guide and shape your dog’s behavior. Our hope is to show you all your dog has to offer. Every dog is unique, from its breed traits to its skills and the experiences that have shaped its character. We want to help you find the best way to train, with compassion and respect for you and your dog.

Most problems with dogs are a result of a lack of training. Dogs are born problem solvers; if we do not provide them with challenges to work their brains, they can create challenges for us through destructive and hyperactive behavior. Providing mental stimulation also builds confidence, reduces anxiety and improves concentration. Training is about more than just what you don’t want your dog to do. At Metro Dog you can get help with a problem, explore an area of interest or come just for fun. Let us help you build a fun and successful relationship with your dog.

Policies & General information about Classes

2017 Revolution in Dog Training


Have fun, learn something new and spend some time with  your dog. Our new program combines our knowledge of behavioral science, decades of hands on experience with dogs and the humans they live with and lots of common sense.

Designed to be Convenient Affordable Engaging Creative

take any class in any order. take 1 class on a whim,

select a few classes to focus on a specific goal or

take all 24 classes in 6 weeks.3 groups:

K9 Manners – Life Skills for pet dogs covers the stuff your dog needs to know in order to navigate life smoothly.
House manners including not begging from the table,
greeting guests politely, as well as handling boredom and inconsistency. Out in the world you need to walk nicely
on a leash, come back when let loose in the park and more boredom. Each lesson has valuable points that connect
your needs with your dog’s needs. Where traditional training imposes the human world on the dog we look for every opportunity to integrate behaviors.

K9 Variety –  Agility, NoseWork, Tricks, Clicker
Every week we give you new challenges to exercise your dog’s brain. Problem Solving builds confidence, improves your connection with your pup, calms hyper dogs and draws out shy dogs. Learn how to burn off your dog’s energy without getting off the couch.

Instructor : Staff

Register in person the night of the class or use the buttons below

Tuesdays & Wednesdays
6:30 – 7:10




Leash Monsters Class:

A very special program for dogs who overreact to common occurrences like people, dogs or children
when you are out on a walk. This multi level program
will help any dog be a better companion but is
especially geared for dogs who bark and lunge or
panic and try to run away when they see ‘that scary thing’. First class uses lecture, video and practice
dogs to help dog owners safely build skills and confidence before bringing their own dog into the classroom. The next 5 weeks will build on these skills
and prepare both dog and owner to be able to successfully work with their dog in view of another dog.

Limited to 6 dogs

Instructor: Alyssa Vincent

5 week class Tuesdays
classes are held when 3 or more participants have confirmed

*We accept Cash,  Visa, Mastercard & Discover*
  • “Alison Smith, the trainer and behaviorist, at Metro Dog is fabulous. She knows her dogs. We have used her services several times. We have worked with Alison both in her training classes and one-on-one consultations. Ten years ago, Alison helped us with our adult dog who had a barking problem. She gave us strategies on how to alleviate the problem. Recently, we got a new puppy and we’ve taken her basic classes.

    We especially liked her Basic 3 class. It was invaluable. It teaches you how to be with your dog in the real world and takes you out into a shopping mall, trail, and other places. Alison works with you to build a relationship with your dog.

    Alison is knowledgeable. She easily assesses the problems and gives you concrete advice about how to train or modify the behavior. Alison is also accessible. If you have a follow-up question, she will help you because she cares about her clients. We’ve recommended her services to several friends. Use her services, she’s great.”— Elaine & Mike Penzer
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