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Tug Dogs is one of Northern California's most prestigious dog training businesses. Our award winning training has helped thousands of dogs transform from out of control dogs to well behaved family companions for the past 14 years.

Whether it's working with dog owners and their dogs, providing community outreach programs to train rescue and shelter staff, or working internationally as dog training academy instructors, our team of professional dog trainers uses the most comprehensive and up to date training methodologies to ensure that your dog understands how to behave and is motivated to follow the rules.

All of our training comes with owner education programs so that you know exactly how to handle your dog and maintain their training long after your sessions with us are complete. Training at Tug Dogs means that you will have a highly knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate dog professional to guide you and your dog through the process of learning how to live better together and achieve all of your training goals. If you are ready to stop stressing or worrying about your dog's behavior and unleash their full potential, get in touch with us today to become our next success story!

Obedience & Manners

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Puppy Program

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Fundamentals of Dog Training Study Courses

Course 1: Critical concepts in dog training, obedience training, creating cooperation, how dogs learn, marking, and luring.

Course 2: Non-core problem behavior prevention and treatment including barking, destructive chewing, impolite greeting, door dashing, food stealing/begging, nipping, and potty training. The course also includes a unit on successful client coaching.

Course 3: Core problem behavior diagnosis and treatment including fear, aggression, and anxiety. The course also includes a unit on successful client coaching.

Are you wanting to start a dog-related career, improve your skills to help in your canine-related volunteer work, or simply learn more skills to help your dog be successful? The Fundamentals of Dog Training Independent Study Course will provide you with a rock solid start to understanding how dogs think, behave, and are trained. The skills taught in these courses are the same strategies we use here at Tug Dogs to help dogs overcome problem behaviors, follow obedience commands even with distractions around, excel in having good manners, and just live their best dog lives.

Course one gives you the underlying knowledge you need to understand how dogs learn, how to get dogs to engage with us in training, how to present information to dogs in ways they understand, how to motivate dogs to follow our instructions, and how to create a solid training relationship with any dog you may work with. Course 2 & 3 build on your understanding of dog training to delve into advanced behavior modification techniques that prevent and address everything from doggy manners issues to complex behavior challenges like fear, aggression, and anxiety.

The independent study format of these courses allows you to work at your own pace while still receiving clear lectures and video demonstrations. Best of all, you can return to the material to revisit any topics you may want a refresher on at any time.

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Fundamentals of Dog Training Class

Located in Elverta, CA (Sacramento metro area)

Taught by Tug Dogs Owner Erin Kramer

Curricula includes foundation concepts in dog training, non-core problem behavior prevention & treatment, core problem behavior diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment.

Lecture, demonstration, live Q&A

Certificate upon successful completion

Our Fundamentals of Dog Training Class takes all of the information we provide in our independent study program and teaches it live and in person for small groups of students. We offer the class only 1-2 times per year in the Sacramento, CA area. Class time consists primarily of lecture and demonstration with occasional hands on practice.

Class curriculum includes canine psychology overview, building a cooperative training relationship, understanding how dogs learn, the role of motivation in dog training, preventing common problem behaviors, stopping impolite dog manners, diagnosing complex behavior issues, and behavior modification treatments for fearful, aggressive, and anxious dogs.

This class is FULL of information and will leave you with a deep understanding of dog behavior and training. Students are expected to take notes, practice homework a minimum of 20 minutes per day during the class, and complete a training examination. To learn more, including when our next available class is taking place, please contact us.

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for Graduates

Trainer’s Club: Weekly hands on training practice

Trainer’s Workshops: Monthly hands on training practice

Shadow Program: customized, private training

Trainer’s Club is an opportunity for graduates from either our independent study course (must have completed all 3 courses) or our Fundamentals of Dog Training Class (must have graduated) to use their skills to practice more hands on training with the help of one of our skilled instructors. Students will participate in active training cases we have in through Tug Dogs as well as have the opportunity to work with their own dogs. Trainer’s Club is suited for dedicated students who want to work professionally as dog trainers or who are otherwise deeply passionate about honing their training skills.

Available to graduates of either of our trainer’s courses, our monthly trainer’s workshops are weekend training opportunities designed to provide more learning and hands on training opportunities with our skilled instructors. Students will be watching and learning real live cases that our training team has taken in for training.

Graduates from either of our trainer’s courses can participate in a private and customized shadow program where they will get one on one instruction and practice with a lead Tug Dogs Trainer.

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format_quote The Tug Dog Training System has been hugely helpful in addressing my dog's anxiety and aggression issues, and have also helped me become a better dog trainer. The way Erin breaks it down makes it easily digestible, teaching the basics before moving into more advanced topics. I highly recommend Tug Dogs for anyone in need of dog training services. format_quote

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format_quote Erin was able to help keep my dog Shiloh's focus in the face of distractions. I have gone to Erin for little tune up trainings throughout the years and she has always able to guide me through whatever I was dealing with. I have had many dogs over the years and worked with many trainers on issues small and large, but Erin is just amazing and I could not be happier that that our paths crossed; she is the one who I will continue to return to for my training needs. Thank you, Erin!format_quote

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format_quote Erin has a gift for communicating with dogs and understanding their unique personalities and needs. She is professional, reliable, trustworthy and kind. We have recommended Tug Dogs to our friends and they are as pleased as we are. We have complete confidence and trust in Erin, and total peace of mind when Bambi is in her loving care and having so much fun! We are so thankful for Erin and Tug Dogs!! format_quote

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format_quote Erin was great with Mo, and we also got our homework which helped make the training stick. This wasn’t easy and it took time and dedication. Life with Mo is so much better now and he’s a completely different dog. I would recommend Tug Dog’s and their trainers to anyone who thinks their dog is lacking discipline. Not only do they train your dog but they give you the tools to use in everyday situations. Thank you to Erin and her team. format_quote

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format_quote Tug Dogs trainers were kind, patient, and extremely knowledgeable in handling this very challenging case. They worked tirelessly to get our dog Ghost comfortable with people and other dogs. We are all astounded and so appreciative of the hard work Erin and her team put in. Ghost is now living a happy doggy life with humans he loves, dog friends he plays with, and has made a full adjustment to our home. We can’t thank the team at Tug Dogs enough!format_quote

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* Please Note: Tug Dogs is unable to provide re-homing services or requests for training outside of Northern California.