Why spend time training?

A dog who responds to you, walks with you and waits patiently for you is a pleasure to be with. Metro Dog’s training goal is 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.

“Anything studied improves.” We firmly believe this and invite you to learn with us.


  • “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
3117 Pierce Street, Richmond, CA, 94804 • 510.524.DOGS (3647) • info@metrodog.com