Teaching Pets & Their Owners

At BratPak, we take training seriously and believe well-behaved dogs are happier and healthier members of your family and our community. Additionally, dogs who clearly understand his/her “pack leader’s” rules and boundaries will live a more fulfilled and happy life. But it is up to YOU to clearly communicate those rules and boundaries to ensure you and your precious pooch live a fun and harmonious life together.

That’s why at BratPak, we focus on teaching OWNERS as much as we do the dogs. Our certified dog trainer and expert behaviorist goes well beyond traditional “obedience” techniques to give you a better understanding of your dogs’ unique personality and communication needs, so that you can develop a lifelong relationship based on mutual trust and respect. We utilize a “balanced” training approach, focused on positive reinforcement and using the minimal level of correction required for your individual dog. Unlike many trainers, we don’t take a “cookie cutter” approach to training, assuming that every dog will respond in the same manner to the same training techniques. Instead, we take time to learn and work with each dog’s unique temperament and learning style. We offer a variety of training formats to best fit your schedule and training needs, and we look forward to working with you and your best friend.

Group Classes

  • Puppy-Garten – These adorable classes are a MUST for puppies 8 to 16 weeks. These sessions are designed specifically to provide socialization and enrichment for your bouncy puppy and teach him/her proper play manners, while building a foundation for basic obedience. This class is essential to developing your pup’s confidence and social skills early in life.
    • AGES:  8-16 weeks (also good for timid dogs older than 16 weeks, to be approved by exception)
    • REQUIREMENTS:  Age-appropriate vaccinations.
    • COST:  $120 for 4 weeks
    • NEXT DATE:  Mar 7-28 2020 (A new series starts each month!)
  • AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy – This American Kennel Club (AKC) S.T.A.R. program is designed to get puppies and their owners off to a great start with basic communication and obedience training. This course is beneficial to both puppies and their owners as we discuss proper socialization, behavior, equipment and exercise. We also begin the exciting journey of obedience training, focusing on elementary sit, down, stay, recall and leash work. This series also provides excellent preparation for our Basic Obedience course.
    • AGES:  16 weeks – 1 year
    • REQUIREMENTS:  Rabies, DHPP and Bordatella (kennel cough) vaccinations. Pups must be well-socialized and friendly with other dogs.
    • COST:  $180 for 6 weeks
    • NEXT DATE:  Pending
  • Basic Obedience – This course covers all the essentials of basic obedience (place, sit, down, stay, come, leave it, drop, loose leash and people greetings). In addition to the basic commands, you’ll be able to refine your communication techniques and maximize your dog’s learning potential.
    • AGES:  6 months and older
    • REQUIREMENTS:  Rabies, DHPP and Bordatella (kennel cough) vaccinations. Dogs must be well-socialized, friendly with other dogs and able to focus in a group environment.
    • COST:  $180 for 6 weeks
    • NEXT DATE:  Jan 21 – Feb 18 2020 (Space still available. Call for prorated pricing.)
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Preparation (Advanced Obedience) – This series builds upon the obedience course to help your dog polish his/her training skills and prepare for the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. The purpose of the CGC program is to ensure our canine companion is a respected member of the community by demonstrating appropriate behavior in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs. The CGC certification (received after successfully completing the CGC test) is also a crucial first step in working toward therapy dog certification.
    • AGES:  6 months and older
    • REQUIREMENTS:  Rabies, DHPP and Bordatella (kennel cough) vaccinations. Dogs must be well-socialized, friendly with other dogs and able to focus in a group environment. All participants must have completed a formal “basic obedience” course (at BratPak or other location) and have a solid grasp of basic obedience skills.
    • COST:  $180 for 6 weeks
    • NEXT DATE:  Pending

Private Training

We work one-on-one with you and your dog to develop a customized training plan to teach specific skills and/or to address negative behaviors. We use a “balanced” approach, emphasizing positive rewards and using only the MINIMUM level of correction required to communicate with your individual dog. Since each dog is different, we adjust our approach to your dog’s age and unique personality to get the best results. When other trainers rely on one method for all dogs, or use more aversive techniques (e.g., e-collars or prong collars), it shows a lack of behavior knowledge and may cause your dog unnecessary stress and even trauma. We offer private training sessions either on site, in your home, or at the place of your choosing (e.g., dog park, outdoor café), depending on your training objectives.

    • AGES:  From puppies to seniors
    • COST:  $150 per session (Special offer for Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin–10% off for 3-PAK, 20% off for 5-PAK)  (*Each session is 1-1.5 hours)
    • AVAILABILITY:  Monday-Saturday, including evenings

Puppy Kamp

This unique “board and train” program is our most intensive training, but still using the same positive-focused and behavior-based training techniques. Our Puppy Kamp is a 7-day, 6-night program customized for your specific training needs. This program works great for puppy development in socialization, enrichment and obedience. We can also work with adult dogs who need help with socialization, obedience or manners.

(1) The Puppy Kamp is NOT appropriate for aggressive dogs.
(2) If desired, we can customize a plan where your dog will be with us during the day and go home for overnight sleep.
(3) Call for pricing and availability.