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Leader of the Pack Canine Institute’s Dog Training Program



Voted #1 in the Lehigh Valley 13 years in a row!

From basic dog training to advanced skill level classes to behavior modification, Leader of the Pack offers it all! Our classes are taught by experienced dog trainers who are able to teach everything from good manners and basic obedience to overcoming more advanced concerns.

Our dog training classes are aimed at helping you build a lifetime relationship with your pet that is based on trust and respect. Good communication and boundaries are crucial to building a strong relationship between you and your dog. We aim to help you and your pet live your best lives together!

Take a look at our available classes listed below.

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Dog Training for All Age Levels

We offer dog training classes for all age levels to clients throughout Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, PA and the Lehigh Valley areas. Our options include obedience training, AKC Canine Good Citizen Training and Certification, and Private In-Home Training or In-Center Training for behavior modification. The curriculum for the training classes we offer are as follows:

Puppy Training and Socialization (6-week course/$289) Click here to enroll in a course.

This group class is a 6-week course for puppies that are ages 8 weeks through 6 months. Our dog trainers will focus on enhancing socialization skills with other puppies, as well as humans. This time period is the most critical period in a dog’s life as they learn to develop self-confidence, socialization skills, bite inhibition, and proper manners.

Topics covered in puppy class will include, but are not limited to, loose leash walking, sit/stay, down/stay, and reliable “come” recall. Household manners are also part of the curriculum, focusing on puppy mouthing and nipping, crate training, and housebreaking. We also teach the “off” command for unwanted jumping, “quiet” for excessive barking or whining, “leave it/take it” commands, and more! Of course, there will also be plenty of off leash play time for puppies to interact and build their socialization skills.

For puppy classes, a 6-foot training leash is required; please no retractable leashes, chain link leashes, or loop leads. The second sets of Distemper shots are required for your puppy to attend class. Please bring treats that your pet will want to work for to use as food-based rewards. Our dog trainings recommend and use the Pro-Treats freeze dried liver. Visit our shop page to purchase training treats!

Adult Beginner (6 week course/$289)
All dogs must be dog and human friendly. If you are not sure of your pet’s social skills, an evaluation is required prior to registering for the course. The evaluation, if needed, is a scheduled 20-minute appointment and the cost is $25. Click here to enroll in a course.

This 6-week course is for dogs ages 6 months and older. These dog training classes are designed to help socialize and train older puppies and adult dogs. This includes problem-solving ideas for basic behavior problems, as well. Through various group lessons and discussions, our dog trainers will show you how to successfully communicate with your pet. We want to teach you the secret to dog training – “conditioned responses.”

Class curriculum includes, but is not limited to, the loose leash walk, sit/stay, down/stay, the “come” recall, “off” for unwanted jumping, “quiet” for excessive barking, “leave it/take it,” “drop it,” and more. Our dog trainers will teach you how to communicate with your dog and create a strong “canine communication.” This portion of the class helps to strengthen the bond between you and your pet. You will learn to understand distance increasing and decreasing, and calming signals presented by your pet.

For adult dog training classes, a 6-foot leash and updated rabies vaccines are required. Bringing treats that you pet wants to work for is helpful and used as a reward. Our dog trainers use and suggest Pro-Treats freeze dried liver. Visit our shop page to purchase training treats.

Adult 2 (6 week course/$299)

Our Adult 2 class builds on and begins to “proof” the skills learned in the Adult Beginner course. As our relationship with our dog grows so should the skill level. Adult 2 will begin to increase the three D’s of dog training, Distance, Duration and Distractions. Extended distance between you and your dog during the stay command will help fortify this very important command. Redirection techniques will be put into use during group activities to help your dog maintain its focus on you as the handler, even during high distraction environments. Some additional commands include: place, heel up, finish and use of touch poles. This fun, fast paced and interactive class will help prepare you and your dog for the next step of Intermediate class to focus on more command driven structure, with less use of leash control. All dogs will need to have excellent social skills when the leash is dropped. Adult Beginner is a pre-requisite for Adult 2.

Intermediate Obedience (6 week course/$309) Click here to enroll in a class.

If you are ready to take the next step in your relationship with your dog, then it is time to move up into our Intermediate training class. The Intermediate class takes your skills to another level. This course not only “proofs” your commands in any context but has a heavy focus on communication driven commands that can be used in everyday real-world situations. In addition to all of the commands covered in Adult II, long distance commands, out of sight and independent recalls, learning to stop on command and backup are all covered in this high energy fun filled course. All dogs will need to have excellent social skills when the leash is dropped. If you have any questions as to your dog’s ability to participate in this class please reach out to discuss it with our training team. Adult II is a pre-requisite for Intermediate.

Advanced Obedience (6-week course/$309) Click here to enroll in a class.

This 6-week course is the ultimate environment for conditioning disciplines with a high level of distractions. From off-leash walking to out-of-sight recalls, this course will sharpen the focus between you and your pet. Are you up for the challenge? Intermediate obedience is a prerequisite to the Advanced Obedience course.

*Updated vaccinations are required to attend classes. We can not accept any pet without proof of shot records in paper format from a veterinary professional.

Contact Us Today to Learn More or Sign Up for Dog Training! 610-366-8282

Here at Leader of the Pack, our goal is to help you and your pet communicate effectively, so you can both live happy and fulfilling lives. Whether your dog is a puppy or an adult, our trainers will work with you to improve communication and skill. For more information or to sign your pet up for dog training, please contact us today! We proudly provide service to clients throughout Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, PA and the Lehigh Valley area.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Since opening in 2009 we have served countless pet parents in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. Here are some of their stories.
  • Isabella A.
    My husband and I had rescued our pup at four months old. We were on and off debating if we should start training. We did lots of research for best places to go. Through my husband's co-worker, he insisted we take Bear to training classes at Leader of the Pack Institute. After looking into the many different classes provided. My husband and I decided to enroll Bear in their Adult Beginner class (as he was over 6months). The class absolutely exceeded my expectations. The trainers went above and beyond to help guide me and properly train my dog. They always offer to have a trainer with you for the majority of the class when you first start as well. They even offered an at home training day if Bear needed it. After the first class, I saw a huge change in my pups behavior. Which I was shocked at how effective the class was for him and for me (being a new dog owner). A couple weeks into the class.. my pup started resource guarding… which can be scary. Especially, not knowing how to approach the situation. So after a class, I spoke to a woman named Lisa (owner) and her advice was life changing and I’m so grateful for that as that was the last time he had repeated that behavior. As we continue on to the next course Adult 2, we will definitely be continuing our training with Leader of the Pack. Thank you for everything you have done for us and the thousands of others moving forward. If you are debating on taking your pup here, I would absolutely enroll in a class. You will not regret it. 1000/10 recommended!!
    Isabella A.
  • Erin B.
    We adopted a dog that we were told was likely a herding/working dog breed, which I have a lot of experience with. However, what he turned out to be was a majority husky breed with a penchant for crazy, unbalanced energy and a hard time focusing or relinquishing the "pack leader" attitude (or maybe we just had a hard time adjusting to a puppy after 10+ years with our Corgi.) We were able to teach him basics and socialize him, however, we were in over our heads with controlling the energy. This created an unhappy living situation for us and the dog. I cannot say enough good things about Leader of the Pack and all of the employees with which we interacted. Professional, confident, knowledgeable, funny, kind and patient, we learned so many tools to help tame our crazy, energetic beast! At less than a year old, he is exhibiting control and composure you usually only see in mature dogs, not teenage pups! I highly recommend Leader of the Pack to train all dog owners how to be the best pack leaders.
    Erin B.
  • Karen W.
    Truly a great experience! The facility was spacious and very clean. The trainers were so friendly, knowledgeable and patient, and went above and beyond with all of their advice and support. Not only did my rescue learn so much, but so did I! I can’t wait to sign up for the intermediate classes, and to start taking advantage of their doggy daycare so my Chloe can have fun and socialize with the other dogs there. Highly recommend!!
    Karen W.
  • Amanda R.
    I cannot say enough good things about this team! I saw an amazing transformation in my dog in just 6 short weeks. I truly have learned so much about canine behavior and how to effectively train my dog. It takes a lot of work but having the skill set to know how to keep working with him, is so incredibly helpful. The trainers were phenomenal and my Jeter just loved them and their tasty treats. We are already signed up for the next level adult class and cannot wait! Thanks you again to Leader of the Pack Canine Institute for an amazing experience and helping me get closer with my dog! 10/10 recommend!
    Amanda R.
  • Theresa M.
    Leader of the Pack is awesome! Very professional, knowledgeable and helpful. Lexi and Bobby graduated today, and plan to go further in their training. Following Leader of the Pack training techniques and socialization advise has opened up a whole new world for us and our dogs. They started at regular pet friendly stores, to busy tourist attractions and even eating out with the family at pet friendly restaurants. All while showing excellent behavior and people/other dog skills. We are working on them coming with us on a train ride from Jim Thorpe (slowly getting them used to the noise of the train and the very loud horns). Up next CGC award!
    HUGE thank you to Tommy for his excellent guidance and help, and to the 2 ladies who assisted and helped us all! And big thanks to Megan today for a fun and relaxing graduation experience!
    Theresa M.
  • Brynn M.
    Cannot recommend Lisa & John McDonald and the entire LOPCI staff enough! Fergus completed a couple private sessions and then just finished up Adult Beginner Obedience. We are grateful to the staff for being patient and supportive towards our reactive rescue and helping my husband and I feel confident in helping him navigate the world around him!
    Brynn M.
  • Michelle M.
    I just had to let you know how much our first class with Bo meant to me! After having some struggles with our previous pup throughout the years it was extremely important that Bo and ourselves be set up right away with appropriate training. I actually left in tears because I felt like the experience and experiences to come are going to make me a better dog owner and Bo the best dog he can be. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart!
    Michelle M.
  • Karen G.
    We had a great experience at the puppy class we attended. Tommy, our trainer, is excellent. We learned so many helpful training tips. I would recommend coming here for any obedience classes. We will be attending the next class. adult beginner, with Tommy.
    Karen G.
  • Brooke S.
    I recently attended a puppy obedience course and I couldn't be happier with the experience. The class was well-structured, informative, and most importantly, fun for both puppies and parents.
    Tommy, the trainer, was incredibly knowledgeable and patient, answering all of our questions with ease and offering valuable insights on everything from potty training to obedience commands. It was clear that the trainer was passionate about working with dogs and genuinely cared about our puppies' progress.
    One of the things that impressed me the most about the class was how personalized it was. The trainer made sure to tailor the exercises to each individual puppy's needs, taking into account their learning style and personality traits. This not only made the training more effective but also ensured that every puppy received the attention and support they needed to succeed.
    Overall, I would highly recommend this puppy training class to anyone looking to give their furry friend a strong foundation in obedience and good behavior. It's the perfect opportunity to bond with your puppy and set them up for a lifetime of happiness and good manners!
    Brooke S.
  • Andrea G.
    Very friendly and knowledge staff!! I loved the whole family could attend our puppy training! They were supportive when my 10 year old wanted to take the lead with our dog and helped him with his confidence when giving commands!
    Andrea G.
  • Jo'Ana M.
    My daughter and I had a great experience at LOPCI!! Our puppy, August, graduated the Puppy Manners class tonight. It was a nice recap of a 5 week course. We learned not only basic training for our pup but the reasons behind training him in a positive and effective way. Also, training doesn’t stop here. There ate always opportunities for your pup to learn and thrive long after any class. Thank you everyone that worked so hard to help us and many others have successful and happy pups! A special thank you to Jason-a great trainer!! We definitely would recommend LOPCI to anyone with a new puppy or adult dog. Caring, compassionate and effective leadership training where your pup/dog learns to respect and trust their leader—which makes for a lifelong loving relationship with your dog. Thanks again to all of you! We’ll be back!
    Jo'Ana M.
  • Sarah W.
    Leader of the Pack Canine Institute was amazing. Jason is very knowledgeable about dog training and did a great job of communicating his knowledge to us. He is very patient with clients (human and canine). He is always available through email, we reached out to him and he emailed us back within a day with a solution to an issue we were having. This training not only encompasses obedience commands, but teaches you how to communicate to your dog that you are the leader of the pack. We have noticed such a big difference in our dog Ganny since starting these classes. 5 out of 5, would recommend to anyone with a dog.
    Sarah W.
  • Keri F.
    My experience with LOTPCI was during an adult dog beginner obedience class. The trainer, Thomas, was exceptionally knowledgeable about canines and the humans who own them. I found the class fascinating and professional. The facility was organized, clean, and spacious. When we had an issue with our dog, we received immediate and personalized feedback. These people truly care!
    Keri F.
  • Andres & Norma C.
    I had Lisa for a at home training class and it helped us a lot on how to handle our Pancho. We then attended the six week class with Jason and we fell so good on how Pancho is behaving. I know take Pancho out for a walk and not the other way around. The entire experience with them was excellent. Planning to book a couple of more at home sessions. Perfect place for all types of training. Thank you Lisa, Jason and the entire staff, you were all fantastic!!!
    Andres & Norma C.
  • Joy K.
    Kodi just finished his first puppy graduation class. I am already signed up for the next Adult Puppy Class. Tommy spends extra time with you if you are having a problem. He is very knowledgeable and can help you with any problem. Best doggie school I have ever been to.
    Joy K.
  • Lauren D.
    I love leader of the pack! I first brought my dog Sarah here to work on leash reactivity with the trainer Lisa. Then Lisa recommended I start the adult beginner class with Tommy to further build my dog's confidence and socialization skills. I am so glad I did this class. I would highly recommend coming here. My experiences with Lisa, Tommy and all the staff here have been great. You can tell that they love what they do and that they "speak dog". I have learned so much about how to "speak dog" too. I have learned skills on how to be a better pack leader for my dog, and before coming here I didn't even know what that meant or why it was important. I am now bringing my dog here for daycare and hope to start intermediate class in the winter. Thank you LOPCI for all that you do, you are the best.
    Lauren D.
  • Megan H.
    I've been using LOPCI for daycare and boarding my dogs for almost 2 years now and we've had nothing but great experiences! I had Archie in beginner classes when he was a puppy and the class was very helpful. Archie barked during the entire class and for every class, but the staff never got frustrated or was annoyed with him interrupting. Now I use LOPCI for boarding and Archie and Lana are always so excited to go in and play with the other dogs. I love that they can also get Frosty Paws or a Kong during their stay. The staff are all extremely nice and helpful with answering any questions I have. There was a time when Archie had a wound healing on his nose and it opened up while playing. They called me to let me know and that they put him aside so his nose can start to heal again. They also pulled a tick once from under Lana's belly while she was boarding. Knowing that they are paying close attention to my dogs even when there are literally dozens there at times, makes me feel more confident in the care they are receiving.
    Megan H.
  • Jocelyn M.
    I have nothing but positive feedback regarding the services and staff at Leader Of The Pack (L.O.P.) I highly recommend their services. I have worked with them on multiple occasions including basic training services for puppy and adult dogs, consultation in advance of adopting and integrating a new dog into our home, and consultation and training to identify the causes of and address escalating aggressive behavior between our dogs. In all instances, the owners (Lisa and John McDonald) and their staff have been knowledgeable, effective and insightful. Courteous and Friendly. The basic training classes I attended focus on positive reinforcement training of basic commands for the dogs and education of the owner on effective practices to maintain a balanced Pack with the human at the top. The trainers in the various classes have always run professional, effective and fun sessions. I want to particularly call out my most recent interaction with L.O.P as I am so grateful to the McDonalds. Aggression between my two dogs escalated to three occasions in as many months which required veterinary care. When I called L.O.P. to consult, I received a call to discuss the problem same day, including advice on some immediate actions and changes in our routine. An in-home consult was quickly available. Their insights, observations, strategizing and guidance were invaluable, and their presence was professional yet kind, calm and assuring. L.O.P is not only a great business with great services, it is also owned and staffed by absolutely wonderful , kind and caring people.
    Jocelyn M.
  • Jessica D.
    Took our 6 month old puppy here for the adult beginner course. After 6 weeks, our dog is completely different. The way he interacts with not only us but our young children is incredible now. I can not recommend this facility enough. The staff is extremely helpful and kind, and genuinely want a good relationship between you and your dog. When you walk in, you feel welcomed, and the trainers have a way of making you feel at ease and in control, which in turn helps you to gain respect from your dog. I'm super excited to try our their grooming and more advanced classes. Great facility and staff. There's a reason they've been voted #1 for so many years!
    Jessica D.