Leader of the Pack Canine Institute’s Dog Training Program
Due to the impact of COVID-19 all of our training classes are postponed until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please call us if you have any questions. We appreciate your understanding, support and patronage during this time.
Voted #1 in the Lehigh Valley 9 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.
Our Dog Trainers:
CPDT-KA, APDT, IACP, AKC CGC EVALUATOR
Owner/Lead Trainer/Behavior Specialist
Lead Dog Trainers:
John McDonald, IACP, AKC CGC Evaluator
Megan Williams, CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator Thomas McDonald
Service and Therapy Dog Trainer:
LOPCI welcomes Cearra Barker to our team! Cearra specializes in Service and Therapy Dog Training.
Cearra has a Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Small Animal Science. She has many years of experience working with dogs in a variety of settings such as: grooming, boarding, and veterinary science. Her passions lie with dog training, as she specializes in pet obedience, therapy work, and service work. In her free time, Cearra remains an active part of the dog community. She is involved with canine search and rescue and a variety of dog sports with her own service dog, Dublin.
Assistant Dog Trainers:
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/$219) 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/$219)
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 $15. 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.
Intermediate Obedience (6 week course/$219) Click here to enroll in a class.
Whether you are looking to take your pets obedience training to another level or just want to have fun training your pet and improving your communication, intermediate obedience classes are for you. This 6-week course will test your pet’s disciplines that were conditioned in the Adult Beginner course.
By increasing distance, duration of time, and distraction levels, your pet will sharpen their focus and condition responses for stays and recalls along with long distance commands. Redirection techniques will also be used to help families redirect their pet’s attention when needed in an environment with distractions. Socialization skill will continue to be built with other dogs and humans, but with increased self-control exercises. The Adult Beginner course is a prerequisite to the Intermediate course.
Advanced Obedience (6-week course/$219) 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.
LOPCI specializes in all levels of dog aggression. Our award-winning behavior modification program rehabilitates your dog using desensitization and counter conditioning methods. Private dog aggression sessions can be held in your home or at our training center.
AKC Canine Good Citizen
The American Kennel Club’s CGC or Canine Good Citizen test is granted to show that your pet has manners in the community, with other dogs and people. If your pet needs to prepare for the test, we highly recommend starting with our “Adult Beginner Course.”
Lessons for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test include the importance of greeting a friendly stranger, walking through a crowd, ignoring distractions, and more. One of our AKC certified evaluators will administer the AKC CGC test and certify your dog at the end of the course.
Our dog trainers are available to provide service in the comfort of your home! Some behavioral issues are best addressed in the pet’s home environment. Many poor behaviors are territorial - where triggers and stimuli are only found in the home. Our dog trainers have experience working with all types of canine behavior problems, including dog aggression.
During these training sessions, we work with the pet and family to improve handling and communication skills. Each of our In-home sessions also come with a FREE 4-hour temperament evaluation for our Doggie Day Care, as well as a spot in one of our Canine Communication Seminars at our facility. Please contact us for pricing.
*Updated vaccinations are required to attend classes.
Contact Us Today to Learn More or Sign Up for Dog Training!
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.