Come, Sit, Learn!

Group classes and private lessons for dogs of all ages and their families - kids welcome!
Located at the base of the N. Monroe St. Hill at 3400 N. Monroe.


Here we are again.  We are sad but not surprised, and glad that we have the guidance of the Dept. of Health to keep us safe.


Emails have been sent to Dec/Jan students - please be sure we are on your safe-senders list!
If you have recently submitted a registration for a Feb/March class, you will be confirmed once we have reached Phase 2 and have waiting Dec/Jan students settled.  You are invited to join us for Zoom classes in February if restrictions don't allow us to open. 




  • COVID restrictions limit our in-person classes to one person per dog - the whole family can attend Zoom lessons! 

  • Puppies who are too young to attend a group class CAN start training right away via Zoom. 

  • Start establishing great habits and get answers to behavior questions as soon as possible.   


You will receive all of the links and materials with the Zoom class as you would with an in-person class.  In addition to your written handbook, we have updated our online homework to include videos of class demos and detailed instructions that you can review together as you practice at home.  Zoom classes are recorded, so you can enroll, even if you can't attend the live session.  You may email your instructor with questions or send videos so they can coach you through any issues.If you have a camera on your laptop, the instructor will be able to coach you during the Zoom class.  You will be able to watch the instructor demonstrate the techniques with their own dog and ask questions during class about common behavior issues as well as your training lessons.   Private lessons are also available. ​  

We hope everyone will stay well and the case numbers will come down so we can get back in the classroom again! 

Our training philosophy

Our canine friends are amazing creatures.
We love and respect your dog as much as you do.  All of our trainers use gentle, positive, effective methods.
No pushing,  no shoving,  no jerking,  no intimidating,  no scaring,  no forcing,  no "do it, or else."

" Thank you for always being there to enhance my relationships with these lovely partners. Being without my dear Milo still hurts terribly, but if not for him I would never have been ready to love and teach and learn from all the other dogs in my life. You did so much more than show me a clicker, and I'm eternally grateful! And, it's not just you and Dana of course, it's your family, teachers, school, everything you do! Thank you! "- Taryn W.

When can we start?

Classes start monthly, year round!

1.5 hours, once per week for 4 weeks.  $135

Select your Beginning class based on the age of your dog at the start date of your class.
Puppies may begin as soon as your veterinarian signs your vet permission slip.

Under 4 1/2 months?  

Start in Puppy Preschool*

Puppies may begin as early as your veterinarian gives permission.  House training, mouthing and optimal socialization are popular topics in Preschool.  (*If Preschool is full or Mondays don't work for you, choose Puppy K.)

Under 6 months?
Start in Puppy Kindergarten

Did you miss the primary socialization window? Don't wait!  Start your puppy in classes right away!  Pre-adolescent puppies start in Puppy Kindergarten.  Can't make the Puppy K dates? Start in Headstart.

6 months to adult of any age?
Start in Headstart

The Headstart class is the best place to start if your rowdy adolescent missed puppy class, if you have a newly adopted dog, or just want to have fun teaching your family dog new skills, no matter what your future goals.

Graduates from a Level One Beginning Class move on to Level Two: Intermediate Prep.

Ready to Register?

Click here to choose your class:

Then fill out the

Why are our beginning classes divided by age?  Because puppies change dramatically as they mature and they do best learning with dogs at a similar social and developmental level.  More than that, owner questions and concerns change as their puppy matures, so the topics covered each week change with the dogs' ages as well. 


Preschool, Kindergarten and Headstart students will all progress to the Intermediate Prep as their next class.

What will we learn?

Go here for a description of what you and your pup will learn in each class level.

Don't wait!  Classes fill quickly - sometimes a month in advance!


Oh, no!  Your classes are full!  Can I still get in?  Maybe!  Sometimes people's plans change at the last minute, or they forgot to get their vet slip signed and find out they still need more vaccinations and need to delay.  Register for the next month to be sure you have a spot, AND note on the registration form that you would like to be placed on a waiting list. Waiting list spots are filled on a first come first served basis. Occasionally, if the waiting list is long, we sometimes add a class if there is room on the schedule.  You may also register for any class as an Auditor for a reduced fee and participate in class without your dog.  Most training and learning happens at home anyway!

When can we start?  As soon as you have your vet permission slip signed.  Puppies under 20 weeks of age may start the Sunday Puppy Confidence sessions before their regular puppy class begins, as long as they have their veterinary permission slip signed.  If your vet can't sign your permission slip for group classes,  sign up for private Puppy Primer sessions!

How do we pay for class?  Will my spot be held?
You may pay by mail or drop off cash or check to our training studio on North Monroe.  If you'd like to pay with a credit card, you may pay online via Paypal here.  We will do our utmost to hold your spot.  In return, we would appreciate it if you would let us know ASAP if you have a change of plans so we can give your spot to someone else.

Schedule links below!

Beginning & Intermediate Prep Classes: (choose by age)

  • Puppies under 4 1/2 mo - start in Preschool

  • Puppies 4 1/2 to 6 mo - start in Puppy Kindergarten

  • Older pups/adults 6 mo and older -  start in Headstart

  • All beginning classes move on to Intermediate.

Advanced Classes

Forms you'll need to fill out prior to attending class:

  • Registration Form - select your class, then register online. 

  • Pay by check or by credit card online.  Discount packages are available.

  • Veterinary Permission Slip - download and print.  Puppies may begin as soon as your vet gives permission.  Take it with you to your veterinarian to sign.  This must be signed to attend.  Don't wait til the last minute!

  • Student Profile - online form.  Tell us about you and your dog.

Additional Help for You & Your Dog:

Personal Training & Behavior Consultations

One-on-one help for individual concerns

In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi-human.
The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.
~ Edward Hoagland


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"We first met Carol and Dana (2003-ish) looking a way to help our Jack Russell Terrier, Beau, feel more comfortable being around other dogs. We learned the very best way to help our sweet boy....lots of positive reinforcement that worked perfectly! Since then, Elvis has come into our building and we have taken puppy to advanced classes that has made him the awesome dog he is. So grateful for the education, fun and friends we have made at DITR!"          - M. Crane

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