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Doggie Boot Camp (South Minneapolis & St. Louis Park Locations Only)

This program is a drop-off, day-time dog training school. This is not doggie day care, but rather, dog training. If you want the training done better and much faster than training your dog yourself with the help of our classes or private lessons, this program may be for you. Your dog will be professionally trained and supervised, every day, all day. Our Boot Camp program takes place at our South Minneapolis or St. Louis Park facility.

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Start Dates, Pricing and Registration

Have your cake and eat it too!

You will get the benefits of sending away your dog to boot camp (although we don’t like that term), without having to send her away! Each evening after school, you can pick up your dog and enjoy her at home along with her new skills, and enjoy a peaceful evening, because your pooch will be plenty tired from her day’s activities.

The big training advantage to day school: You will be able to talk to your dog's professional trainer at the end of each day and receive personal training and homework assignments throughout the week to practice at home so you can learn as your dog is learning. This strengthens the transition of the training from us to you. You are also able to give us feedback each day with areas you may be struggling with so we know where to put more focus.

4 Programs - What we teach your dog:

Basic Obedience Program - 4 Weeks

In our 4 week Basic Obedience Program, we will teach your dog 12 reliable behaviors. Your dog may have already been taught "sit" but does your dog sit when people enter the house? Reliable means your dog responds to the command despite distractions. This program is for dogs over 5 months old.

  • Name - reliably turn head toward handler
  • Sit - a reliable sit even when distracted
  • Down - a reliable down even when distracted
  • Stay - a reliable stay even when distracted
  • Walk - at your side for leashed walks
  • Boundary training - teaches your dog to stay away wherever you establish, at anytime, until you invite your dog
  • Wait - to be released from crate, at doors
  • Come - Indoor Off-Leash Recall - with distraction of dogs, playing, thrown toys in our indoor facility. The 2 week Outdoor program is necessary for outdoor real life off-leash recalls.
  • Go to your bed/mat - a nice portable "stay station" you can bring with you around the home or elsewhere.
  • Leave it - do not touch item dog is showing interest in
  • Drop it - release items out of your dog's mouth
  • Watch me - used to proactively look at you while a distraction occurs or goes by.
Puppy Start-up Program - 2 Weeks

Have a new puppy under 5 months?  Help them get “off on the right paw” with our our 2 Week Puppy Start-up Program.  Our Coaches will introduce and lay the foundation for commands they will need throughout their life (see below). Additionally your puppy will get important human and dog socialization multiple times a day during the 2 week program.  Puppies MUST be 5 months old or younger at the start of the program.    

  • Name - learning name recognition
  • Sit & Down - basic obedience
  • Drop It - release various items in their possession
  • Walking Foundation - for leashed walks
  • Wait & Impluse Control - waiting to be released from crate, at doors
  • Come - Indoor Recall - with some distractions in our indoor facility
  • Go to kennel - helping pups learn to relax and enjoy their kennel, a valuable life skill!
Advanced Outdoor Proofing - 2 Weeks

Our 2 Week Advanced Outdoor Proofing program is for dogs who have completed the basic program or have otherwise mastered basic obedience with the trainer with indoor distractions. With these additional 2 weeks, we will get your dog out in front of your dog's biggest distractions to proof your dogs Basic Obedience training. This training is more difficult and more time intensive. You will need this program for:

  • "Real life" Off-Leash Recall ("Come") - when your dog is loose outside or at the dog park
  • Walking calmly past distractions like dogs, bikes, joggers, if your dog is extremely reactive
  • Getting in front of more strangers to practice not jumping
Advanced Behavior Modification - 6 Weeks

Our Advanced Behavior Modification program is for dogs with certain behavior problems such as aggression, anxiety, shyness and fearfulness. This is a 6 week program. We want extra time to help help your dog feel comfortable and build her confidence before doing too much training. Learning new skills needs to be taken a little slower for our nervous babies. In this program, as your dog's confidence and skills grow we will take your dog on field trips to work on her behavior near what makes her fret.

Bonus! Exercise, Socialization, and Playtime:

Your dog will receive playtime, socialization with other dogs (provided your dog is dog friendly), and outdoor walks every day!

Training environment:

Our indoor training facility for boot camp is 3000 square feet where we can structure separate areas for one-on-one training, off-leash play, and crated nap time. Your dog will spend multiple sessions in each area throughout the day.

Walking training in the Basic Obedience Program will be done outdoors in the immediate neighborhood of the training facility past the bus stop, stores, houses and dogs for real life environmental distractions.

For the Advanced Outdoor Proofing Program we will take your pooch on field trips to dog parks, nearby walking paths and parks, and shopping areas to make sure we train in front of the distractions most important to you.

The trainers:

Boot Camp Manager
St Louis Park Trainer
South Minneapolis Trainer
South Minneapolis Trainer
St Louis Park Trainer

Start Dates, Pricing and Registration:

Openings listed below are for any Boot Camp program unless otherwise noted.

Our next openings in SOUTH MINNEAPOLIS:
May 30th (3 spots, Any Program)

Our next openings in ST LOUIS PARK:
June 12th (3 spots, Any Program)

Click the program name below to register and pay online: (please note preferred location in Behavior box during registration, if desired)

*Cancellations must be received at least one week prior to your start date in order to receive a full refund. After registering, we will contact you via email confirming your start date, as well what to bring and requesting vaccination records. Bordatella is required for boot camp.

Note: Due to our strict limit on the number of dogs per trainer, any missed days during the program will be forfeited.


Program Days and Time

  • Drop Off Time: 7:00-9:00am, anytime within that range (drop off times are not assigned).
  • Pickup & Checkout Times:
    Monday & Friday: 3pm-6pm. These checkout times will be selected that day at drop off on a first come, first served basis.
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4pm-6pm. These are shared pickup times, and can be selected at any point.
  • Days of week: Monday - Friday (not including major holidays)
  • Outdoor Program: Currently scheduling for Spring 2017!
  • Holidays: We will be closed on Monday, May 29th and Tuesday, July 4th

Program Questions:

Click here to read our FAQ on Boot Camp. You can also contact the office if you have other questions about Boot Camp.